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Filename: p_h00261_004.jpg

Size: 6580 x 5036 (6.1MB)

Date: 24th June 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

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

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Repairing Milbank Estate P_H00261_004

Millbank Estate, Ruskin House, Herrick Street, Millbank, City of Westminster, Greater London. View from the north of Ruskin House on the Millbank Estate, showing the extent of bomb damage to the building.
The Millbank Estate consisted of twelve blocks of flats and the repairs depicted in the image are to Ruskin House. The Millbank estate was built in the early 20th century and was one of the most significant estates built by the London County Council. The blocks remain standing in 2020 and received listed status in 1970

Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England's historic places

Media ID 25316315

© Historic England Archive

1940s Bomb Damage Council Flats Flats Housing Second World War London County Council Rebuilding


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures the aftermath of devastating bomb damage inflicted upon Ruskin House, located in the iconic Millbank Estate in Greater London. The image showcases the extensive repairs being undertaken on this historic building, providing a glimpse into the resilience and determination of its inhabitants during one of the darkest periods in history. Constructed by the esteemed London County Council in the early 20th century, Millbank Estate comprised twelve blocks of flats that served as a symbol of progressive urban planning. Despite enduring severe destruction caused by World War II bombings, these resilient structures still stand tall today, bearing witness to their remarkable endurance. Ruskin House, depicted in this poignant photograph, exemplifies both the tragedy and triumph experienced by residents during those tumultuous times. The sight of workers diligently restoring its damaged facade serves as a testament to their unwavering spirit and commitment to rebuilding their community amidst chaos. Designated as listed buildings since 1970, these council flats hold immense historical significance within City Westminster's landscape. This evocative image not only highlights the impact of war but also pays homage to those who worked tirelessly to restore hope and normalcy amid adversity. Preserved by Historic England under Ministry of Works' guardianship, this print stands as a powerful reminder that even amidst destruction, humanity's indomitable spirit can rebuild what was lost and forge ahead towards a brighter future.

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