I am going to digress just a little - but hopefully to draw a bit of
attention to a little known, yet interesting monument here in Woodford.
These Zeppelin raids on the east end caused not only fear (and
destruction) but intolerance towards local Jewish and German people -
their shops and businesses became targets for the mob's anger. Sylvia
Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline, urged tolerance towards the Jewish and
German members of the community, but her public speeches in Victoria
Park were often broken up by crowds hurling rotten vegetables and
breaking up her rostrums.
Later in life, Sylvia (then a resident of Woodford) became strongly
involved with the plight of Abyssinia/Ethiopia. The League of Nations
had defended aerial bombing as a legitimate action in warfare and, in
1932, the World Disarmament Conference confirmed this - or rather
failed, amongst so many other things, to limit it's use . Mussolini's
disgraceful use of aerial attacks against Ethiopia in October 1935
prompted her to organise the erection of this monument dedicated,
ironically, to those who upheld aerial bombing at the conference of
1932. This listed memorial is on the west side of the High Street,
Woodford (beneath the trees outside 587 High Road).
A couple of views
...and a campaign a few years ago to help conserve it and to raise
Sylvia Pankhurst's profile in Woodford.
There - I told you it was a bit of a digression :-)
best wishes all
On 23 Feb 2006, at 11:21, Peter Pickering wrote:
> On 61 Farringdon Road EC1 there is a plaque saying something like"These
> premises were totally destroyed by a Zeppelin on September 8th 1915
> the World War and were rebuilt in 1917.
> Peter Pickering