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Amazing Then and Now photos Show How Norwich Has Changed from the Norwich Blitz

During World War II, the German forces heavily bombarded Norwich and its surrounding areas, known as ‘The Norwich Blitz.’ The bombing was also launched in several other Britain’s cities in 1940. However, Norwich was not attacked until April and May 1942 as part of the so-called Baedeker raids. Targets were chosen for their cultural and historical value and not as strategic or military targets.

The furious bombing was launched on the evening of 27 April 1942, and it lasted for two days. There were further attacks in May and a heavy bombardment on 26 and 27 June in which Norwich Cathedral was damaged. Norwich Castle, the City Hall, and the Guildhall escaped while many residential streets were destroyed.

Here is a fantastic set of then and now photographs that show the Norwich landmarks immediately after the attack and how they look years later. Two pictures of the exact location in a single frame with the same angle.

#1 Parachute troops, bare-headed and wearing ‘jump jackets’, in Norwich during exercises in Eastern Command, 1941 and 2012

Parachute troops, bare-headed and wearing 'jump jackets', in Norwich during exercises in Eastern Command, 1941 and 2012

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#2 Rampant Horse Street, 1942 and 2011

Rampant Horse Street, 1942 and 2011

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#3 St Benedicts Street, 1942 and 2912

St Benedicts Street, 1942 and 2912

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#4 St Martins/Oak Street, 1942 and 2012

St Martins/Oak Street, 1942 and 2012

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#5 Alexandra Road, 1942 and 2011

Alexandra Road, 1942 and 2011

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#6 Aylsham Road, 1942 and 2011

Aylsham Road, 1942 and 2011

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  1. I was always told my grandmother’s house at 14 Aylsham Road, Norwich…on the corner of Wingfield Road was damaged by the bombing of WW2. Do you think the bombing at number 6, could have been the cause?

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#7 Aylsham Road, 1942 and 2012

Aylsham Road, 1942 and 2012

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#8 Bonds & Ber Street, 1942 and 2011

Bonds & Ber Street, 1942 and 2011

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#9 Caernarvon Road, 1942 and 2011

Caernarvon Road, 1942 and 2011

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#10 Catton at the corner of Church Street and Spixworth Road, 1945 and 2011

Catton at the corner of Church Street and Spixworth Road, 1945 and 2011

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#11 Dornier in a Car Park, 1940 and 2013

Dornier in a Car Park, 1940 and 2013

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#12 Essex Street, 1942 and 2012

Essex Street, 1942 and 2012

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#13 Harmers Factory, St Andrews Broad Street, 1943 and 2012

Harmers Factory, St Andrews Broad Street, 1943 and 2012

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#14 Junction Road, 1942 and 2011

Junction Road, 1942 and 2011

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#15 King George VI, 1942 and 2012

King George VI, 1942 and 2012

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#16 Lady betty Road, 1941 and 2012

Lady betty Road, 1941 and 2012

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#17 London Street, 1943 and 2012

London Street, 1943 and 2012

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#18 Norwich City Hall, 1940 and 2011

Norwich City Hall, 1940 and 2011

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#19 Norwich Market, 1943 and 2012

Norwich Market, 1943 and 2012

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#20 Norwich Thorpe Station, 1940 and 2012

Norwich Thorpe Station, 1940 and 2012

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#21 Rampant Horse Street, 1942 and 2012

Rampant Horse Street, 1942 and 2012

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#22 St Augustines Gate, 1942 and 2014

St Augustines Gate, 1942 and 2014

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#23 St Augustines School, 1940 and 2012

St Augustines School, 1940 and 2012

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#24 St Benedicts Gate, 1942 and 2011

St Benedicts Gate, 1942 and 2011

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#25 St Benedicts Street, 1942 and 2013

St Benedicts Street, 1942 and 2013

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#26 St Mary’s Baptist Chapel on the corner of St Mary’s Plain/Duke Street, 1942 and 2011

St Mary's Baptist Chapel on the corner of St Mary's Plain/Duke Street, 1942 and 2011

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#27 St Swithins Road, 1942 and 2012

St Swithins Road, 1942 and 2012

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#28 The Avenues, 1942 and 2012

The Avenues, 1942 and 2012

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#29 The junction of Oak Street and Sussex Street just off St Augustines, 1942 and 2012

The junction of Oak Street and Sussex Street just off St Augustines, 1942 and 2012

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#30 The Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall Street/Walpole Street, 1941 and 2011

The Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall Street/Walpole Street, 1941 and 2011

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#31 Upper Goat Lane from St Giles, 1942 and 2011

Upper Goat Lane from St Giles, 1942 and 2011

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#32 Upper St Giles, 1942 and 2012

Upper St Giles, 1942 and 2012

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#33 UXB in Theatre Street, 1942 and 2011

UXB in Theatre Street, 1942 and 2011

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#34 Waterloo Park, 1942 and 2011

Waterloo Park, 1942 and 2011

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#35 Waterloo Road, 1942 and 2011

Waterloo Road, 1942 and 2011

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#36 Westwick Street & Barn Road, 1942 and 2011

Westwick Street & Barn Road, 1942 and 2011

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