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Fairfield Crescent, bomb damage


Fairfield Crescent, bomb damage
Description:
3rd September 1942. View shows the back garden of a house with extensive bomb damage, addressed as number 110 Fairfield Crescent. There is an Anderson shelter in front of a wooden fence. The fence is the boundary between numbers 110 and 112. The garden is full of rubble and the back wall of the house has been destroyed. In the background is part of Station Mount (numbering, from left to right,18, 16 and 14) and two blocks of back-to-back terraced homes in Nansen Place on the right, numbering, from left to right, 1,3 & 5 and 7 & 9.

User Comments:

Name:
Bramley Man

Comment:
This is actually on the eastern end of Fairfield Crescent not on Fairfield Ave as described

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Name:
Eric Steven Scott

Comment:
This damage was caused by a fluke bomb which was trapped in the bomb bay and happened to drop on the house this was related to me by my Grandmother Mrs Rose Hindle then of Fairfield Terrace

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Name:
Colin Sutcliffe

Comment:
Bramley Man,is correct that this house is on the eastern end of Fairfield Crescent.The bomb that hit this house impacted into the wall at an angle at ground level and failed to explode causing the walls to split in the centre of the semi detached house,and it had to be rebuilt.The new brickwork is still obvious to this day.My cousins Pearson lived there and the bomb was one of two that was dropped one after the other from the same German bomber that night.The other bomb hit and destroyed a small terrace house a hundred yards from my home at 122 Fairfield Street.The little house still shows the newer brickwork from rebuilding work and I still carry the evidence of blue slate fragments in my left cheek when I was injured slightly when the bomb went through the roof.I had left the Anderson shelter to watch the bombers fly overhead !

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Barry Green

Comment:
My Mam and Dad and rest of tha family moved next door to this house in 1956 when I was approx 3 mths old.Mrs Pearson still lived in the house and did so many more years the house number was 110 as ours was 112.

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Name:
Aidan

Comment:
Google Streetview shows the repaired damage to 112 Fairfield Crescent very clearly, but any damage to 110 Fairfield Street is a little harder to make out in the bright sunshine.

Date:
15-Jun-2009

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Name:
colin sutcliffe

Comment:
My family were moved from 21 New Princess Street Holbeck at 2am one morning after a similar bomb struck the wall of the house behind ours and entered the cellar and failed to explode . The house on the Nansens that was destroyed was only 30 yards from our home ,and the next bomb released only seconds later hit this house on Fairfield Crescent occupied by our cousins ,James and Nellie Pearson and family.This one failed to explode ,damaged the foundations and split the two semis with a large crack, I was the only person out of the Anderson shelters and got minor cheek injuries from small shards of roof slate from the terrace Nansen house just over the wall .From a Leodis image published regarding the Turner Tanning Machinery firm nearby on the main road then making munitions makes a strong case for these incidents being a dedicated attack to destroy this firm. From the direction the plane was flying in and the timed release of the two bombs meant that if they had been released only seconds later the Turners factory would have been destroyed and night shift workers killed. Some time later a raid on Greenwood and Batleys works lower down Stanningley Road was damaged and an elderly lady who lived nearby was killed working on nights,She was a widow,her husband lost his life in the first world war. The Germans must have been following us !!,but there is no doubt that they had good intelligence of Works in the district.James Pearson was employed as binman by Leeds Cleansing Dept. and was classed as a reserved occupation,and extremely heavy work then when bins contained ashes ect from coal fires.So Eric,Mrs Hindle can be excused in thinking that a bomb had been stuck because all works were top secret and that story could even have been spread by the authorities to preserve the secret work for obvious reasons.

Date:
24-Mar-2010

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Name:
robert j cope

Comment:
the house damaged is 110 i live 112 just over fence when we extended down to the celler over 200 war artifacts were discovered some live ammo and bottles with contents helmets masks and clothing was withing the find all dating back to war

Date:
11-Jul-2011

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Name:
Sam Ryder

Comment:
This was my grandads house he was called Harry Pearson

Date:
06-Jul-2012

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Name:
Gainor Keeton

Comment:
This was my grandma and grandad's house. They had evacuated the house and were in the air rade shelter with the children. According to my mother they had evacuated the house however Harry the son did not want to leave the house and my grandad had to go back in and remove him from the house and into the shelter minutes before the bomb exploded. The brickwork was indeed different colours and thd incident was much talked about when I was a child.

Date:
13-Jan-2018

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