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Danger UXB - the Bomb that Almost got St.Pauls

Free Lunchtime lecture by City of London Guide Peter Boalch

This talk by City of London Guide Peter Boalch will cover the events of 11th to 15th September 1940, when St.Paul’s Cathedral was threatened by a 1000kg High Explosive bomb which penetrated the churchyard adjacent to the South-west Tower but had failed to explode. The subsequent efforts to remove the bomb saw heroism displayed by Sappers from the Royal Engineers and civilian Gas Engineers from the Gaslight & Coke Co. The former were rewarded with medals, but the Gasmen’s heroism went unsung. Though the story is widely known, as you will discover, not all is as it seemed.


Peter Boalch | talks


Date and Time:

15 February 2011 at 12:30 pm


1 hour



Shoe Lane Library
Hill House
1 Little New Street
020 75837178

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Available from:

No ticket or pre-booking required. Seating capacity 50 for each talk plus standing room. We suggest arriving a little early to secure a seat.

Additional Information:

Nearest Public Transport: Chancery Lane Tube (Central Line) or City Thameslink (Ludgate Hill). Buses - Fleet Street or Farringdon Road.

Contact: 020 7583 7178 or shoelane@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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