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Filename: p_h00101_009.jpg

Size: 5494 x 4253 (3.7MB)

Date: 31st August 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

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Rebuilding P_H00101_009

DOVER, KENT. A large group of Belgian labourers, working on behalf of the Ministry of Works and posing outside of reconstructed terraced housing, in Dover, Kent.
Houses were rebuilt in the Dover area by the Ministry of Works using traditional methods. The homes had originally stood in terraced streets prior to the outbreak of war

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Media ID 23332092

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Bomb Damage Brick Construction Housing Mid 20th Century People At Work Photographer Reconstruction Second World War Terraced House Allies


EDITORS COMMENTS
Rebuilding P_H00101_009: A Glimpse into Dover's Post-War Reconstruction Efforts". This print captures a significant moment in history, showcasing the resilience and determination of a large group of Belgian labourers working tirelessly on behalf of the Ministry of Works. Standing proudly outside reconstructed terraced housing in Dover, Kent, these skilled workers played an instrumental role in rebuilding homes that had fallen victim to the devastating effects of World War II. The houses depicted here were once part of vibrant terraced streets before war tore through their foundations. However, thanks to the Ministry's commitment to restoring normalcy and providing shelter for those affected by bomb damage, traditional methods were employed to reconstruct these mid-20th-century brick dwellings. In this snapshot frozen in time, we witness foreign laborers from Belgium joining forces with local allies as they engage in construction work. Their collective efforts symbolize unity and international cooperation amidst challenging times. As we delve deeper into this photograph's narrative, it becomes evident that it holds more than just architectural significance. It serves as a testament to human resilience and hope for a brighter future after periods marked by destruction and loss. Let us cherish this visual reminder of how communities can come together to rebuild not only physical structures but also shattered lives. The dedication showcased by these individuals echoes throughout history as a powerful example of triumph over adversity – one brick at a time.

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