World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 1 – A to B

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 been able to pinpoint many of the affected buildings, houses and addresses. This includes a general summary of the damage inflicted on each specific property.

This is the first post in which I provide details of the addresses and damage so you can identify if your home was part of this event in our local history; or if a home associated with your family history was affected.

View of Batley towards St Andrew’s Church – one of the bomb-damaged areas – Photo by Jane Roberts

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 here are as they were during the war, not as they are today. Other houses have long gone.

Also, though hundreds of addresses are listed, I am aware from my earlier research that this is not the complete inventory – there are areas of Batley hit that night which are missing.

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 gable ends needing rebuilding as a result of the air raid. 

And, to my mind, the list of contents ruined does appear suspiciously light. For example it is hard to believe that crockery and furniture in the majority of houses was undamaged given the structural damage listed. Again has space played a part? There are exceptions – in one detailed entry for an address in another post, although the contents were not listed in the space provided, they were an add-on insertion at the top of the page. It is hard to believe that contents in the majority of entries for other houses suffered no similar damage. I believe it is 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 keep coming back to my website to check as I continue to add more posts listing affected houses.

DescriptionAddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
House57 Albion StreetWindow
House58 Albion StreetWindow
House62 Albion StreetWindow
Sunday SchoolSt Andrew’s SchoolExtensiveWindows
ChurchSt Andrew’s Church Extensive Windows
House32 Back Brearley StreetWindow
House20 Back Coalpit StreetWindow
House22 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Window
House24 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House26 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House28 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House30 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House32 Back Coalpit SteetRoof1Windows
House34 Back Coalpit StreetRoof1Windows
House26 Back Crescent StreetWindow
House30 Back Crescent StreetWindow
House34 Back Crescent StreetWindow
House2 Yd 2 Back Taylor StreetWindows
House5 Yd 2 Back Taylor StreetWindows
House1 Bank StreetCeilingsLock: Windows & frame
House2 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House4 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House6 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House8 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House10 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House12 Bank Street SlightPlasterCeilingsDoors, Windows & Frames
House1 Beaumont StWindows
House3 Beaumont StWindows
House4 Beaumont StWindows
House5 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House6 Beaumont StMany Slates
House7 Beaumont StWindow
House8 Beaumont StWindows
House9 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House10 Beaumont StWindows
House12 Beaumont StLock
House14 Beaumont StWindows
House16 Beaumont StPlasterCeilingWindows
House17 Beaumont StWindows
House18 Beaumont StChimney PotWindows
House19 Beaumont StMany SlatesCeilingWindows
House20 Beaumont StWindows
House21 Beaumont St[Ro?] Chimney PotDoor: Windows
House22 Beaumont StWindows
House23 Beaumont StWindows
House24 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House25 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House26 Beaumont StWindows
House27 Beaumont StLock: Windows
House28 Beaumont StCeiling
House29 Beaumont StWindow
House31 Beaumont StLockWindows
House32 Beaumont StWindows
House33 Beaumont StLocksWindows
House34/38 Beaumont StWindows & Frame
House35 Beaumont StWindows
House 36 Beaumont StWindows
House37 Beaumont StMany SlatesWindows
House 39 Beaumont StWindows
House 40 Beaumont StWindow Frames
House41 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House & Shop42 Beaumont StShop & House Windows
House 43 Beaumont StWindows
House44 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows & Frames
House45 Beaumont StCeilingsLocks: fireplace: Windows
House46 Beaumont StCeilingWindows & Frame
House47 Beaumont StCeilings, door, lead piping Fireplace: Windows & frame
House48 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House49 Beaumont StCeilingsFireplace: locks: fall-pipe, windows
House50 Beaumont StWindows
House51 Beaumont StCeilings Windows & frame: fall-pipe. Door
House52 Beaumont StWindows
House53 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House54 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House56 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House58 Beaumont StPlasterCeiling Locks: Windows
House60 Beaumont StCeilingLock: Windows
House62 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows & frame. Door.
House64 Beaumont StCeilingLock: Windows
House66 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House68 Beaumont StWindows & frames
House70 Beaumont StCeilingWindows & Frame
House72 Beaumont StCeilingsWindows
House74 Beaumont StMany SlatesCeilingWindows
House76 Beaumont StChimney PotsCeilingDoor & windows
House78 Beaumont StMuch Damage – Tenant away – entry impossibleWindows
House80 Beaumont StWindows
House82 Beaumont StCeilingWindows
House1 Belvedere Road Tenant away – entry impossible – slight damageWindows
House3 Belvedere Road Windows & frame
House4 Belvedere Road Windows
House8 Belvedere Road Windows
House10 Belvedere Road Windows
House14 Belvedere Road CeilingWindows
House15 Belvedere Road Windows
House16 Belvedere Road Wash-basinWindows
House18 Belvedere Road Window
House20 Belvedere Road Window
House22 Belvedere Road Door-lock
House40 Belvedere Road Window
House42 Belvedere Road Window
House20 Blakeridge LaneWindow
House35 Bonaccord Square, P’well LanePlasterCeilingWindow
House35A Bonaccord Square, P’well LaneCeiling
House1 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StMany SlatesWindows & frame: Lock
House3 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StMany SlatesDrains: Lock: Windows
House5 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StLock: Windows & Frame
House7 Bonaccord Terrace Great Wood StWindows & frames: Lock
HouseBoys’ Grammar School House2
ShopBradford RoadWindow
ClubBritish Legion Club, Bradford RoadWindows
House[Bradford Road?]2
Shop52 Bradford RoadWindow
Shop56 Bradford RoadWindow
Shop60 Bradford RoadWindow
House & Shop187 Bradford RoadWindows
House & Shop191 Bradford RoadWindow
Shop215 Bradford RoadWindows
WorkshopBradford RoadWindows
ShopBradford RoadWindows
National Prov BankBradford RoadSlates, joists & flashing
LaundryBradford RoadWindows
LaundryBradford RoadWindows
WarehousePerseverance Mills, Bradford RoadTop storey gutted
MillAnchor MillsExtensive Several Bales of ragsWindows
House4 Brearley PlaceCeilingWindows & frames
House6 Brearley PlaceWindows & frames
House8 Brearley PlaceWindows & frames
House10 Brearley PlaceCeiling & lockWindow frame & windows
House12 Brearley PlaceMany SlatesWindow frame & windows
House14 Brearley PlaceCeiling Window frame & windows
House16 Brearley PlaceCeilingWindows
House18 Brearley PlaceCeilingWindows
House20 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows
House22 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House24 Brearley PlaceCeilings Windows & frame
House26 Brearley PlaceCeilingsDoor: lock: Windows
House28 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House30 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House32 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House34 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House 36 Brearley PlaceCeilingsWindows & frame
House2 Yd 1 Brearley StreetWindow
House3 Yd 1 Brearley StWindows
House4 Yd 1 Brearley StWindows
House5 Yd 1 Brearley StWindows
House5 Brearley StreetWindow
House13 Brearley StreetWindow
House23 Brearley StreetWindows
House33 Brearley StreetWindow
Sunday School }Methodist }ChapelWindows
Chapel}Brownhill
House4 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window
House5 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window & lock
House7 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Ceiling Window
House62 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window
House64 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road Window
House76 Brownhill Terrace, Warwick Road PlasterCeilingsWindows
House1 Brown’s PlaceWindow
House12 Brown’s PlaceWindow
32 Brown’s Place3Windows
House17 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Window
House23 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House25 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House27 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House29 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
House31 Brown’s Terrace, Purlwell Lane Windows
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Service Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227

For Part 2 – C to F click here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 4 – K to N see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.


Footnotes:
1. Roofs to wash-houses damaged – slates.
2. No damage listed.
3. Cross matching with 1939 Register I suspect this should be Brown Street.

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