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Dudley Drive

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Postcards Collection

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Dudley Drive

Dudley Drive, Hyndland, looking south, is illustrated in this early 20th century postcard. Half of these tenements were destroyed by German bombing during the Second World War and later rebuilt. Highly ornamental railings decorated the front gardens, but only one set survives, at No 16. The pleasant central trees and grass were originally planned for the whole of Hyndland, but featured in only a few streets.

During German air raids on the night of 13-14 March 1941, a landmine dropped by parachute exploded on tenements between 8, 10, and 12 Dudley Drive, totally destroying them. Numbers 6 and 9 Dudley Drive were later demolished. Thirty-six people were killed and twenty-one injured, most of whom had been sheltering in the back closes. The grim task of digging through the rubble continued for many days. A large gap site provided a reminder of the tragedy until rebuilding was completed in 1954.

Reference: Mitchell Library GC Postcards

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
air raids, Blitz, gardens, landmines, Luftwaffe, parachutes, postcards, railings, Second World War, streetscenes, tenements



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