On 24th November 1940, German bombers targeted the Bathurst Basin area of Bristol. It was a Sunday when Bristol’s air-raid defences were at their least vigilant – the perfect time for the raid. The image on the right shows the map used by the German military to identify Bathurst Basin as the target.
The second image below shows where bombs landed in this raid. The sites identified by the Civil Defence Committee and shown as red circles on the map, were opposite the Bathurst Hotel (Lousinana), Wapping Road, Bathurst Parade, Redcliff Parade, Barrossa Place, Commercial Road and Guinea Street, the last of which figured prominently in one of BBC 2’s series, ‘A House through Time‘. Key structures of the Basin – like the two lock gates – were unaffected.
The Bristol bombing raid on 24th November 1940 killed 171 people and a further 174 were injured (source: War, State and Society).