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Where are the UXB's in London


Keywords :- Where the UXB's are buried - an around-London Guide

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When a man is tired of life
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Southwest quadrant / Northwest quadrant
The German approach

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In response to a written Parliamentary Question from Simon Hughes, (Hansard vol 282, col 863 15th October 1996), Armed Forces Minister Nicholas Soames released a site listing of known German Unexploded Bombs (UXB's) in the London area.

This data was reprinted from the Evening Standard - Wednesday 20th November 1996, based on information supplied by the Ministry of Defence.

The MoD has said action to make the devices safe would be taken only if it was thought they were unstable, so some of the unexploded bombs listed below may by now have been dug-up and neutralised.

 

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Well spotted - the quote is wrong, Dr Johnson in 1777 said 'When a man is tired of London he is tired of life'. Well nowadays once that happens, the first stop is Heathrow Airport. Conversely when a woman was tired of life in Sherlock Holmes time, her first stop was Whitechapel.

It is this basis that we use to divide up London into 4 quadrants. A line running North/South through the House of Lords, bisected by a line running East/West following the Thames to the East, and the M4 to the West.

To assist you find the rough location of the UXB's we have also included the A-Z page numbers [in square brackets] for Place names rather than actual locations

 

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    Dagenham [68]
  1. Sewage farm near River Rom, eastern end of Western Avenue
  2. Western Avenue 40 yds east of eastern end.
  3. Golf course, Hainault Forest, 600 yds from Romford Road.
  4. River bank by sluice gates, Horseshoe Corner, 50 yards east of sluice gates

    East Ham [66]

  5. Sludge region sewage works.
  6. Allotments north of sewage works
  7. Sprengbrand sludge troughs sewage farm
  8. Sludge beds, sewage works
  9. New London Electronics Works, Boleyn Road.
  10. Rear of Creon and Silley weirs, 20 ft north side of creek in allotments

    Enfield [7]

  11. East of River Lea, 30 yds from Lea Bridge.
  12. Bridge House, Lea Valley Road
  13. Gunsite 150 Battery RA, King George Reservoir

    Hainault [21]

  14. Two at Hogg Hill

    Hackney [47]

  15. Four at Latham timber yard

    Ilford [51]

  16. Two at Osler Beds, Roding Cottages

    Leyton [48]

  17. Leyton Marshes, rear of Latham's timber yard.
  18. 100 yards south of Lea Bridge waterworks on marshes.

    Poplar [80]

  19. LMS goods yard, West India Dock

    Stepney [64]

  20. Baron's pickle factory, Assembly Passage, Mile End Road
  21. Cemetery, rear of 33 Ropery Street

    Stoke Newington [68]

  22. Abney Park Cemetery
  23. No 9 filter bed, Metropolitan waterworks, Green Lane, N16

    Tottenham [30]

  24. Marsh lane

    Waltham Cross [9]

  25. In old River Lee, near King George Reservoir

    West Ham [65]

  26. Woodside Road Rubbish Shoot
  27. In River Lea, near 339 Carn Rd, Stratford.
  28. Lloyds Rubbish Shoot, Marsh Gate Lane.
  29. Bowling Green, Silverton recreation ground, North Woolwich Rd.
  30. Tennis courts, Silvertown recreation ground
  31. North Woolwich Road, between Carmelia Street by-pass near Pylon 109.
  32. In backyard of 13 Wester Road
  33. In backyard of 49 Baron Road, Canning Town
  34. Burt Boulton + Haywards Tar Distillery.
  35. Site of Halin's Piggery, Temple Mills, West Ham.
  36. No 3 pit, Shellmar Wharf, silvertown, E16
  37. Harland and Wolff, Manor Way.

 

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Crayford [101]

  • Allotment in marsh, Bourne Road, near tidal stream.
  • 150 yds NW of junction of River Cray and Darenth.

    Croydon [134]

  • Grounds of May Day hospital

    Erith [85]

  • Riverbank by Thames, Crossness, Abbey Wood.
  • Disused sandpit off Fraser Road, River Walk.
  • Can site, Harrow Manor Way, Belvedere Marshes
  • Four at old LCC sewage farm, Crossness plot 119/120, East Road, Belvedere.

    Lambeth [78]

  • Norwood cemetery

    Lewisham [96]

  • Ladywell cemetery
  • Deptford council cemetery

    Woolwich [82]

  • South bank of SR, 100 yards east of Woolhurst Road
  • Wasteland by Harrow Way.
  • Boston Manor Way 200 yards from Sewell Rd, 30 yards from cast site.
  • King's Highway, opposite LT garage, Plumstead.

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    Feltham [102]

  • Three in river bed, Longford River
  • Four in Ballast Pits, Faggs Road

    Fulham [91]

  • LPTB works, Parsons Green Lane
  • 496 Fulham Palace Road
  • Fulham cemetery

    Heston [86]

  • Bed of canal, Northumberland Wharf, Brentford
  • Two, east end of Isleworth East.

    Kensington [76]

  • Front of 72/74 Warwick Gardens
  • 126 St Anne's Road NW Kensington, W11 (front garden)

    Mitcham [123]

  • Streatham Park cemetery

    Richmond [89]

  • Mid-Surrey golf course in ditch between fairway and Thames.

    Staines [86]

  • Back garden, 34 Hazel Grove

    Sunbury [102]

  • Footpath, Pharoah's Island, Shepperton

    Surbiton [118]

  • On east side of railway embankment, south of Chessington station

    Twickenham [103]

  • Hounslow cemetery
  • D C Pages Nurseries, Hampton
  • Near Fairfax level crossong, over Bushey Park Rd.

    Wandsworth [92]

  • Two in Lambeth cemetery

    Wimbledon

  • Wimbledon sewage works

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    Hayes [54]

  • 20 yards south of Springfield Road

    Hendon [26]

  • Council refuse disposal works

    Potters Bar [4]

  • In field south of Cecil Road near Barnet by-pass

    St Pancras

  • Terrace of Kenwood House

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    In Germany the bombs of course were British, however there are three main concerns arising from UXB's.

    1. Heavy metal (Copper, Zinc etc) contamination from the bomb's casing.

    2. Organic aromatics (Toluene, Nitrosamines, daughter products etc) contamination from the degredation of the explosive charge.

    3. Heavy metal (Lead, Mercury) contamination from the degredation of the detonator charge.

    However there are significant differences between Germany and the UK as regards surface geology, as affected areas tend to be sandy rather than clayey. This difference in hydrology and hydrogeology of UXB sites means that the risks in the UK tend to be less pronounced than in Germany.


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