Nothing was sacred and nothing was spared during WWII, not even the hallow grounds of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club otherwise known as ;Wimbledon’.
Although the club was closed for all matches in the war years. Rather then having Tennis players run over its lawns civil defense and military personnel made use of the All-England Club. It even became home to a small farmyard stocked with rabbits, pigs and hens..
During the six years of war more than 1,000 bombs fell on the borough of Wimbledon, destroying nearly 14,000 homes.
The Centre Court did not escaped unscathed either, one bomb hit it on on 11 October,1940. Resulting in damage a corner of the competitors’ stand, losing 1200 seats in the stadium. It would take to 1947 before the damage was repaired.
I am passionate about my site and I know you all like reading my blogs. I have been doing this at no cost and will continue to do so. All I ask is for a voluntary donation of $2, however if you are not in a position to do so I can fully understand, maybe next time then. Thank you. To donate click on the credit/debit card icon of the card you will use. If you want to donate more then $2 just add a higher number in the box left from the PayPal link. Many thanks.
Reblogged this on History of Sorts.