World War 2 Air Raid Damage in Batley: Part 4 – K to N

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.

North Bank Road, Batley – 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 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.

North Bank Road – Photo by Jane Roberts

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.

Description1AddressRoofWallsFloorsContentsGenerally
2 Kent StreetWindows
4 Kent StreetWindows
6 Kent StreetWindows
8 Kent StreetWindows
10 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
12 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
14 Kent StreetMany SlatesDoorWindow
16 Kent StreetWindows
18 Kent StreetWindow
20 Kent StreetCeilingWindow
22 Kent StreetCeilingWindow
24 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
26 Kent StreetWindows
28 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
30 Kent StreetLetter Box Windows
32 Kent StreetCeilingWindows
34 Kent StreetWindows
36 Kent StreetWindows
2 Knowles RoadWindow
19 Knowles RoadWindow
33 Knowles RoadWindow
35 Knowles RoadWindow
Council SchoolMill LaneWindow
23 Mount AvenueWindow
25 Mount AvenueWindow
32 New StreetWindow
2 Norfolk StreetWindows
3 Norfolk StreetMany SlatesLockWindows
4 Norfolk StreetWindows
5 Norfolk StreetWindows
6 Norfolk StreetWindows
8 Norfolk StreetWindows
9 Norfolk StreetWindows
10 Norfolk StreetWindows
11 Norfolk StreetWindows
12 Norfolk StreetWindows
14 Norfolk StreetWindows
15 Norfolk StreetWindows
17 Norfolk StreetWindows
22 Norfolk StreetWindows
37 Norfolk StreetWindows
66 Norfolk StreetWindows
68 Norfolk StreetWindows
7 North Bank RoadWindows
23 North Bank RoadWindows
27 North Bank RoadWindows
29 North Bank RoadWindows
31 North Bank RoadWindows
33 North Bank RoadWindows
121 North Bank RoadLock: Windows
123 North Bank RoadWindows
125 North Bank RoadSlates (WC)LockWindows & Frame
127 North Bank RoadSlates (WC)Dinner Service, Tea Service, Dressing-TableWindows & Frames
129 North Bank RoadMany SlatesCeilings Windows & Frames
131 North Bank RoadMany SlatesCeilings: LocksWindows & Frames: Door
133 North Bank RoadWindows & Door
135 North Bank RoadWindows
137 North Bank RoadWindows
139 North Bank RoadNot Known2
141 North Bank RoadMany SlatesCeilingsWindows & Frames: Lock
143 North Bank RoadNot Known2
145 North Bank RoadNot Known2
147 North Bank RoadMany SlatesPlasterCeilingsFireplace: Door: Windows
149 North Bank RoadNot Known2
151 North Bank RoadCeilingsWindows & Frames: Door
153 North Bank RoadCeilingsWindows
155 North Bank RoadCeilingWindows & Frames
157 North Bank RoadPlasterCeilingsCellar Brickwork: Window Frame
159 North Bank RoadLocksWindows
161 North Bank RoadWindows
163 North Bank RoadWindows
165 North Bank RoadWindows & Frame
167 North Bank RoadWindows
169 North Bank RoadWindows
171 North Bank RoadWindows
173 North Bank RoadWindows
175 North Bank RoadFireplaceWindows & Frame
69 North StreetWindow
Data extracted from West Yorkshire Archive Services Ref KMT1/Box42/TB227 – This is only a portion of the information contained. I have not included owners, occupiers, rateable value etc.

For Part 1 – A to B see here.
For Part 2 – C to F see here.
For Part 3 – G to J see here.
For Part 5 – O to P see here.
For Part 6 – Q to T see here.


Footnotes:
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.

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