Lewisham, V1 Site High Street, Marks & Spencer
V1 Site Lewisham High Street, Marks & Spencer

Outside Marks and Spencer Plc
122 Lewisham High St
Lewisham SE13 6JG

UKNIWM Ref: 39113

OS Map Ref: TQ 783 757

Map: Memorials of Lewisham Map

Type: Plaque 1: Bronze plaque set into pavement, Lewisham Market entrance to Marks and Spencer.

Plaque 2: Aluminum maroon and white circular plaque on wall of M&S

Plaque 1://This plaque commemorates
the fifty-one people
killed by a VI flying bomb


which landed on the
Market Place in
Lewisham High Street
on the 28th July 1944.
Installed by the generous
support of
Marks and Spencer.//
Plaque 2:
In Memory of the
51 people who died
and the many injured
as a result of the V1 rocket that landed here
28 July 1944
Supported by M&S

Wars Commemorated: Second World War

Originally a plaque [Plaque 1] remembering the wartime tragedy, which resulted in 51 local residents losing their lives and over 200 seriously injured, was set in the pavement outside Marks & Spencer in Lewisham High Street. Sadly over the years with people walking over it the wording has faded and, following requests from local residents, a new one [Plaque 2] was erected on the wall outside the store. The original remains in the floor but the words now are hard to read. This plaque was unveiled during a ceremony held on 28 July 2011, by Heidi Alexander, MP for Lewisham East and Councillor Alan Smith, Deputy Mayor of Lewisham. Lewisham


Council and the Marks & Spencer store in Lewisham High Street jointly funded the new memorial.

Publications: Flying Bombs Over England, H.E. Bates, ISBN: 1-872337-04-X / 9781872337043 (UK edition), Froglets Publications Ltd, 1994
Blake, Lewis; Red Alert The Story of South East London At War, 1939 ā€“ 1945. Published by the Author, 1992 pp159-160
Blake, Lewis; Bolts from the Blue, S.E. London and Kent Under Vā€ Rocket Attack, Published by the Author, 1990

Names: Click here for details of the incident and a list of those who died

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