Ludgate Hill, London

An evocative photograph of St. Paul’s Cathedral, taken from Ludgate Hill. It was taken on December 29th 1940 at the height of the bombing of London during World War 2. Taken in the evening, with no artificial light, St. Paul’s is seen surrounded by the fires caused by German bombs. In the foreground, many vehicles containing fire crews are seen heading towards the fires. To the left of the photograph is the glow of fires in the Paternoster Square and Cheapside areas. To the right is the area between St. Paul’s and the Thames.
Image: ©Mirrorpix
In August 2020 – 80 years later – the scene is very peaceful, and greener than in 1940. London is still in the grip of COVID-19 which explains the absence of tourists.
Image: © Steven Miell (TimeViews)
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