In my post Batley’s First Air Raid – The Night of 12/13 December 1940, I wrote about the areas of Batley hit.
Since then I have pinpointed many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses, including a general summary of the damage inflicted on each property.
This is the fourth post which covers these addresses and the damage details, so you can identify if your current home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected. This post covers street names beginning with the letters K through to N.
One note of caution, although many house numbers remain unchanged from that period, some may have undergone re-numbering in the intervening years. The numbers in the table below are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long since gone.
Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the full record of houses affected – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing from the list.
Some final points to be aware of. I have detailed the information exactly as it was written, so the damage inventory columns are not consistent. For example ceiling damage sometimes comes under ‘contents’, at others under the ‘generally’ heading.
It is also clear this is not the complete story of damage inflicted. I am aware some buildings did suffer substantially more than is listed for them in the space-limited columns – for example the gable end at a house on North Bank Road needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid, but the inventory gives no indication of the extent of the damage to this house.
And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. Again has space played a part? For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. An exception to this features in this post – a house on North Bank Road has furniture and crockery breakages reported. However these contents were not listed in the space provided but were an add on insertion at the top of the page. It is therefore likely that individual household forms were completed initially and the information then collated and condensed on one form covering all addresses, meaning layers of detail being missed in this overall summary.
Anyway, good luck with locating your home. Don’t forget to scroll across the table to get the full details – there are columns detailing the property description, address, and an indication of the extent of damage (i.e. roof, walls, floors, contents and general damage). And do check my website as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.
|2 Kent Street||Windows|
|4 Kent Street||Windows|
|6 Kent Street||Windows|
|8 Kent Street||Windows|
|10 Kent Street||Ceiling||Windows|
|12 Kent Street||Ceiling||Windows|
|14 Kent Street||Many Slates||Door||Window|
|16 Kent Street||Windows|
|18 Kent Street||Window|
|20 Kent Street||Ceiling||Window|
|22 Kent Street||Ceiling||Window|
|24 Kent Street||Ceiling||Windows|
|26 Kent Street||Windows|
|28 Kent Street||Ceiling||Windows|
|30 Kent Street||Letter Box||Windows|
|32 Kent Street||Ceiling||Windows|
|34 Kent Street||Windows|
|36 Kent Street||Windows|
|2 Knowles Road||Window|
|19 Knowles Road||Window|
|33 Knowles Road||Window|
|35 Knowles Road||Window|
|Council School||Mill Lane||Window|
|23 Mount Avenue||Window|
|25 Mount Avenue||Window|
|32 New Street||Window|
|2 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|3 Norfolk Street||Many Slates||Lock||Windows|
|4 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|5 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|6 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|8 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|9 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|10 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|11 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|12 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|14 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|15 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|17 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|22 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|37 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|66 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|68 Norfolk Street||Windows|
|7 North Bank Road||Windows|
|23 North Bank Road||Windows|
|27 North Bank Road||Windows|
|29 North Bank Road||Windows|
|31 North Bank Road||Windows|
|33 North Bank Road||Windows|
|121 North Bank Road||Lock: Windows|
|123 North Bank Road||Windows|
|125 North Bank Road||Slates (WC)||Lock||Windows & Frame|
|127 North Bank Road||Slates (WC)||Dinner Service, Tea Service, Dressing-Table||Windows & Frames|
|129 North Bank Road||Many Slates||Ceilings||Windows & Frames|
|131 North Bank Road||Many Slates||Ceilings: Locks||Windows & Frames: Door|
|133 North Bank Road||Windows & Door|
|135 North Bank Road||Windows|
|137 North Bank Road||Windows|
|139 North Bank Road||Not Known2|
|141 North Bank Road||Many Slates||Ceilings||Windows & Frames: Lock|
|143 North Bank Road||Not Known2|
|145 North Bank Road||Not Known2|
|147 North Bank Road||Many Slates||Plaster||Ceilings||Fireplace: Door: Windows|
|149 North Bank Road||Not Known2|
|151 North Bank Road||Ceilings||Windows & Frames: Door|
|153 North Bank Road||Ceilings||Windows|
|155 North Bank Road||Ceiling||Windows & Frames|
|157 North Bank Road||Plaster||Ceilings||Cellar Brickwork: Window Frame|
|159 North Bank Road||Locks||Windows|
|161 North Bank Road||Windows|
|163 North Bank Road||Windows|
|165 North Bank Road||Windows & Frame|
|167 North Bank Road||Windows|
|169 North Bank Road||Windows|
|171 North Bank Road||Windows|
|173 North Bank Road||Windows|
|175 North Bank Road||Fireplace||Windows & Frame|
|69 North Street||Window|
1. In this section of the list the ‘Description’ column is largely blank. The implication is these are houses, not business premises.
2. These buildings were on a different form where the only column relating to damage was “Indiction of Extent of Damage to Contents”. Other buildings on this form suffered complete destruction. It seems to be a form reserved for those buildings which suffered serious damage.