Where The Bombs Fell

Heath End Road

Where the Bombs Fell

The bombing of Nuneaton started on August 25, 1940 and the last air-raid was on July 28, 1942. In this two-year period many people were killed or injured with much damage to properties in the town. In several cases it has not been possible to indicate where a bomb fell with complete accuracy, but in most cases it is accurate. It is also possible to trace a stick of bombs, although they could not be recorded as they have dropped.


1940

August 25:

1. Coventry Road/Gypsy Lane. 1 incendiary bomb.

August 27:

2. Weddington Lane/Caldecote Lane corner, opposite school. 9 high explosive, 20 incendiary, 2 UXB.

August 28:

3. Weddington Road near Post Office. 1 high explosive, 3 killed, 9 injured.

4. Co-op Farm (Hill Farm) canal side.

5. Boon’s (Judkins) quarry, Tuttle Hill.

6. Between water tower and spinny.

October 21:

7. Gypsy Lane, near Sterling Metals.  

October 28:

8. Gypsy Lane.

9. Railway line near canal.

10. Marston Jabbett.

11. Home Park Road.

October 29:

12. Hill Farm, Griff. Incendiary bombs.

13. Cherry Tree Inn, Westbury Road. Stockingford. 1 high explosive, 2 killed. 1 injured.

14. Crow Hill allotments. 1 UXB.

15. Arbury wood. 100 incendiary bombs.

16. Griff Hollows. 1 UXB.

17. Griff House Cottage. 2 incendiary bombs.

18. 367, Heath End Road, damage to six houses. 1 high explosive.

19. Field between Higham Lane and Brookdale Road. 1 high explosive.

20. Hinckley Road. 1 high explosive.

21. Gypsy Lane. 3 high explosive.

22. Gypsy Lane, near Sterling Metals. 1 UXB.

November 11:

23. Between Weddington and Caldecote. 150 incendiary bombs.

November 14:

24. Round Towers, Stockingford. 50 incendiary bombs.

25. Gypsy Lane toward Bulkington. 3 high explosive.

26. Regal Cinema, Lister Street, Attleborough. 1 high explosive, 1 killed, 2 injured.

November 15:

27. Heath End Road, near Griff No.4 Pit. 5 high explosive.

28. Trent Valley Station marshalling yards. 1 high explosive, 2 killed, 1 injured.

29. Gypsy Lane, house damaged by AA shell.

30. Harefield Road car park (bus station). 1 UXB.

31. Railway mainline near Gypsy Lane. 1 UXB.

32. Galley Common. 1 UXB.

November 19:

33. Bermuda Village. 1 UXB.

December 4:

34. Boon’s Quarry (Judkins). 4 high explosive, 2 injured.

35. Tuttle Hill. 50 incendiary bombs.

December 12:

36. Kem Street.

37. Coton Road.

38. Hinckley Road.

39. Pingles.

40. Lutterworth Road.


This was the last raid of 1940, with 23 high explosives and over 1,000 incendiary bombs falling. Ten people were killed and 15 injured with damage to houses from AA shells.


1941

April 11:

41. Anker Street.

42. 29, Attleborough Road. 2 high explosive, 1 killed.

43. Gypsy Lane.

44. Haunchwood Brick and Tile Co., near Stockingford Station. 2 high explosive.

45. Coton Road, near Roman Catholic Church. 1 high explosive.

46. Church Road, Stockingford. 1 high explosive.

47. Engineering works, Tuttle Hill.

48. Daimler Works, Seymour Road. 1 killed.

49. Riversley Park. 1 UXB.

May 17:

50. Chapel in Coton Road. 1 incendiary bomb.

51. 193, Coventry Road. 1 incendiary bomb.

52. Deacon Street. 1 high explosive.

53. Coton Road, junction with Edward Street. 1 high explosive.

54. Arden Road. 4 delayed action high explosive

55. Edward Street, opposite Harold Street.1 incendiary bomb.

56. Higham Lane, near Sands Farm. 1 high explosive.

57. Weddington Road, near Weddington Hotel. 1 high explosive.

58. Near ARP Warden Post No. 25 (not known). 1 incendiary bomb.

59. Tunnel Road. Galley Common. 1 high explosive.

60. Haunchwood Colliery, Galley Common. 1 incendiary bomb.

61. Brookdale Road. 1 incendiary bomb.

62. Caldwell Farm (now Caldwell Estate). 1 incendiary bomb.

63. Nuneaton Timber Company. 1 incendiary bomb.

64. Trent Valley Railway station.1 incendiary bomb.

65. Castle Road, Weddington. 1 incendiary bomb.

66. Tribune Offices, Church Street Vicarage Street. 1 incendiary bomb.

67. Princes Street. 1 high explosive.

68. 6, College Street. 1 high explosive.

69. Attleborough Road, opposite Attleborough Parish Church.1 high explosive.

70. Griff Colliery. 1 incendiary bomb.

71. Tomkinson Road Recreation Ground, near to canal. 1 high explosive.

72. Tomkinson Road/Clifton Road. 1 high explosive.

73. Croft Road/Greenmoor Road. 1 high explosive.

74. Stretton Road. 1 high explosive.

75. Tuttle Hill. 1 incendiary bomb.

76. Fife Street.1 high explosive.

77. Marlborough Road. 1 high explosive.

78. Pool Bank Street. 1 high explosive.

79. Frank Street. 1 high explosive.

80. Bondgate. 1 high explosive.

81. Alexandra Street, rear of Palace Cinema (demolished). 1 high explosive.

82. Corporation Street. 1 high explosive.

83. Harefield Road. 1 high explosive.

84. Newtown Road. 1 high explosive.

85. Graham Stree/Central Avenue/Bath Road. 1 high explosive.

86. 12. Attleborough Road. 1 high explosive.

87. Midland Bank. 1 high explosive.

88. Kingsbridge Road. 1 high explosive.

89. Pingles. 1 high explosive.

90. Manor Court Road/Manor Court Avenue. 1 high explosive.

91. St. Mary’s Road. 1 high explosive.

92. Park Avenue School.1 high explosive.

93. Dempster House, Church Street. 1 high explosive.

94. Monty’s Bus Garage, Attleborough Road. Damage reported by owner.

95. Heath End Road Post Office. 1 high explosive.

96. Windsor Street/Alexandra Street. 1 high explosive.

97. Fitton Street School. 1 high explosive.

98. Glebe Road. 1 high explosive.

99. Heath End Road, near Chapel. 1 high explosive.

100. Heath End Road, near Bermuda Road. 1 high explosive.

101. Albion Works, Attleborough. 1 high explosive.

102. Carmichaels, King Edward Road. 1 high explosive.

103. Merrick’s shop, Queen’s Road, opposite Marlborough Road. 1 high explosive, 10 killed.

104. Seymour Road. 1 high explosive.

105. 12, 14 & 16, Ventnor Street. 1 high explosive.

June 5:

106. Griff Lodge Farm.1 high explosive.

107. Field on Arbury Estate. 3 high explosive.

June 12:

108. Field on Arbury Estate. 1 high explosive.

July 5:

109. Field 200 yards south of Bramcote Hospital. 1 high explosive.

August 13:

110. Gypsy Lane, 200 yards from Coventry Road. 2 high explosive.

1942

January 19:

111. Graham Street/Central Avenue. 1 killed, 14 injured.

112. Whittleford Road. 32 injured, 18 trapped.

113. Briars Close, off Hinckley Road.

114. CIifton Road.

115. Frank Street School (now Nuneaton Mosque).

116. Norman Avenue.

117, Riversley Road.

118. Higham Lane School.

119. Gadsby Street.

120. Weddington Road.

121. Kingsbridge Road.

122. Princes Street.

123. Blackatree Road.

124, Stockingford Railway Bridge.

125. Haunchwood Road, near Cherry Tree Inn.

126. Whittleford Road blocked, 3 houses demolished.

127. Cross Street, between Eadie Street and Haunchwood Road.

128. Norman Avenue.

June 25:

129. Hill Top.

130. Deacon Street.

131. Earls Road.

132. Midland Road.

133. Camp Hill.

134. Trent Valley Station. Incendiary bombs started fire.

135. Nuneaton Dye Works (Drams), Newtown Road (MFI).

136. Abbey Green/Midland Road/Manor Court Road.

137. Ritz Cinema, Abbey Street.

138. Plough Hill Road.

139. Coton Road, near Catholic Church.

140. Blackatree Road, near Vernon’s Lane.

141. Brookdale Road.

142. Whittleford Road.

143. Corner of Coventry Road and Shepperton Street.

144. Mancetter Road area.

145. Beaumont Road, opposite Manor Park School.

146. Bridge Street.

147. Coton Road, near Riversley Road.

148. Near top of Tuttle Hill.

149. Heath End Road.

150. Stanley Road.

151. Plough Hill Road.

152. 49, Bracebridge Street.

153. Ensor’s Quarry.

154. Trent Road.

155. Field off Hinckley Road

156. Hill (Hughes) Farm, Caldecote.

157. Camp Hill Road.

158. Rists Wire and Cable Factory, located in Courtalds factory.

159. Sterling Metals.

160. Tryan Road.

161. Smith’s Undertakers, Coton Road, opposite Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

162. 56, Willington Street.

163. Nuneaton Central Recreation Ground.

164. Chilvers Coton Station.

165. Arthur Street.

166. Railway line, half-mile from Midland (Abbey Street) Station.

167. Park Farm, Plough Hill Road.


This was the penultimate visit of the Luftwaffe, but it was the second worst air-raid the town had. It claimed the lives of 18 people and injured 42 more. A total of 36 high, explosive and over 6,500 incendiary bombs were dropped.


July 28:

168. Coton Road, opposite bus garage.

169. Coton Road, London Laundry.

170. Gadsby Street.

171. Attleborough Fields Farm.

172. Brookdale Road. 1UXB

173. Pingles. Incendiary bombs.


There were no more air-raids after July 28.

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