Unexploded bomb uncovered in York

Unexploded bomb uncovered in York

The scene at Hull Road, York

Members of the army bomb squad arrive in York after workers excavating a site in Hull Road uncovered an unexploded bomb.

Emergency services arrive at the former Northern Dairies site, in Hull Road, where the unexploded shell was dug up by workmen

The scene at Hull Road, York

First published in News by

Updated: A BUSY road was closed and residents and school-pupils told to stay indoors, after an explosive was found at a building site in York.

A large section of Hull Road was closed by police yesterday afternoon as army bomb disposal experts from Catterick examined and removed the explosive, believed by North Yorkshire Police to be a naval shell. The device was dug up at about 1pm yesterday at the former dairy on Hull Road, where student accommodation is being built.

Workman Jim Lee, 30, who unearthed the device in his digger, said: “I dug it up in the bucket. I saw it in there but didn’t know straight away what it was. I put the load down and two of us had a look at it and then we got two others to have a look at it. The foreman called the police and then the site was evacuated.”

Speaking from behind the police cordon, Mr Lee said he wasn’t worried the device would explode, but said he was “glad not to be sitting next to it anymore.”

Stuart Palin, another workman at the site, said: “You could see about 18 inches of it sticking out of the ground and you could see the domed end of it, like something from the Second World War.”

The shell was later taken to Imphal barracks in Fulford where it was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Residents on Hull Road were urged to remain indoors following the discovery and the road remained closed for about two hours. Pupils at St Lawrence’s CE Primary School, which backs on to the site, were also told to stay indoors.

Shortly after the find, a worker at Harpers fish and chip shop, on Hull Road, told The Press: “We have been made to shut up shop and nobody has been allowed in to the area.

“There are loads of fire engines and police cars and we have been told that they are waiting for the bomb disposal unit to turn up – but that could take as long as three hours.”

Police said the device was believed to be a naval shell, but mystery surrounds how it came to be 40 miles from the coast.

Nick Hill, director of Eden Camp military museum near Pickering, said a naval shell could not have travelled as far as York from the east coast.

He said:”If it had been an aerial bomb, it would have caused a lot more inconvenience.

“Whoever found the bomb has done the right thing by contacting people. It might have been a souvenir but you can never be too safe with these things.”

Hugh Murray, a York historian and author, said the only record of Hull Road being targeted during the Second World War was an incendiary attack on the evening of January 2, 1941.

He said: “They dropped them in a line starting at St Margaret’s in Walmgate then down Hull Road. Lazenby’s garage in Hull Road was hit and a joinery shop further along.”

Comments (52)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:53pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Andy1675 says...

Very dramatic!
Very dramatic! Andy1675
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Expat says...

More details.
More details. Expat
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Smiler says...

Expat wrote:
More details.
It's a bomb and it's unexploded...

I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture.

on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too....

Glad i don't live nearby.
[quote][p][bold]Expat[/bold] wrote: More details.[/p][/quote]It's a bomb and it's unexploded... I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture. on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too.... Glad i don't live nearby. Smiler
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Mon 9 Jan 12

was york now rotherham says...

why not do like the last lot did incase it in concreate and leave well alone.
why not do like the last lot did incase it in concreate and leave well alone. was york now rotherham
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Mon 9 Jan 12

sheps lad says...

Might be a rusty milk churn?
Might be a rusty milk churn? sheps lad
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Mon 9 Jan 12

rattydriver says...

And the petrol station next door! Oh big bang!!!!
And the petrol station next door! Oh big bang!!!! rattydriver
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Mon 9 Jan 12

hannah16 says...

Smiler wrote:
Expat wrote:
More details.
It's a bomb and it's unexploded...

I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture.

on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too....

Glad i don't live nearby.
it's pretty mental out there, I've just tried to get home, as I live up the road from it.
[quote][p][bold]Smiler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Expat[/bold] wrote: More details.[/p][/quote]It's a bomb and it's unexploded... I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture. on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too.... Glad i don't live nearby.[/p][/quote]it's pretty mental out there, I've just tried to get home, as I live up the road from it. hannah16
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Head of Bomber Command says...

This is being blown out of al..........
This is being blown out of al.......... Head of Bomber Command
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Mon 9 Jan 12

xtc says...

Bet a press photographer would be there if a swan was about!!
Bet a press photographer would be there if a swan was about!! xtc
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Joewithajay says...

Bit worried about getting home! I live in Nicholas Gardens, right next to the Jet garage! Ohh err, my partner's still at home though.
Bit worried about getting home! I live in Nicholas Gardens, right next to the Jet garage! Ohh err, my partner's still at home though. Joewithajay
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Mon 9 Jan 12

kluens says...

Just been to Hull Road, cordoned off between the two petrol stations, pedestrian diversion through St. Nicholas Fields.

Police advised against getting closer for photos, at least he was cheerful.
Just been to Hull Road, cordoned off between the two petrol stations, pedestrian diversion through St. Nicholas Fields. Police advised against getting closer for photos, at least he was cheerful. kluens
  • Score: 0

3:00pm Mon 9 Jan 12

shiftywillow says...

Anyone know if/where the No' 10 buses have been diverted?
Anyone know if/where the No' 10 buses have been diverted? shiftywillow
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Mon 9 Jan 12

insanenutta says...

at least its quiet for a change
at least its quiet for a change insanenutta
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Mon 9 Jan 12

sheps lad says...

shiftywillow wrote:
Anyone know if/where the No' 10 buses have been diverted?
Green Dykes Lane is still open, presume your bus wil use that route.
[quote][p][bold]shiftywillow[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if/where the No' 10 buses have been diverted?[/p][/quote]Green Dykes Lane is still open, presume your bus wil use that route. sheps lad
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Mon 9 Jan 12

CJPG says...

"The firm said the flats would be spread across five blocks, most of which would be four-and-a-half storeys tall". Does that mean one of the storeys is for students of restricted growth?
"The firm said the flats would be spread across five blocks, most of which would be four-and-a-half storeys tall". Does that mean one of the storeys is for students of restricted growth? CJPG
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Mon 9 Jan 12

furry snout says...

If the bomb has been deemed SAFE, then why didn't the Police open the roads straight away....do they think the Army lied to them about it being safe for a laugh!!?
If the bomb has been deemed SAFE, then why didn't the Police open the roads straight away....do they think the Army lied to them about it being safe for a laugh!!? furry snout
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Firedrake says...

Very interesting. As we know, York only sustained a few relatively minor raids during WWII - apart from the more serious attack on the railway yards etc. Off hand, I don't know if anything fell in the Lawrence Street area, but I'm sure somebody will.

The "domed end" suggests to me that - just possibly - this might be a WWI Zeppelin bomb, and I have a feeling the ship that bombed Heworth in May 1916 tracked across the Hull road area first.

Of course I'm only speculating, and time will tell!
Very interesting. As we know, York only sustained a few relatively minor raids during WWII - apart from the more serious attack on the railway yards etc. Off hand, I don't know if anything fell in the Lawrence Street area, but I'm sure somebody will. The "domed end" suggests to me that - just possibly - this might be a WWI Zeppelin bomb, and I have a feeling the ship that bombed Heworth in May 1916 tracked across the Hull road area first. Of course I'm only speculating, and time will tell! Firedrake
  • Score: 0

3:22pm Mon 9 Jan 12

lisa pollen says...

Smiler wrote:
Expat wrote:
More details.
It's a bomb and it's unexploded...

I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture.

on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too....

Glad i don't live nearby.
i would go and take a picture if i knew i was gunna get paid for it come on the work men have been trundling around over it for the past few weeks now surely if it was to go boom it would have done so by now so someone walking close enough to take a photo im sure wont make it go off,
[quote][p][bold]Smiler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Expat[/bold] wrote: More details.[/p][/quote]It's a bomb and it's unexploded... I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture. on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too.... Glad i don't live nearby.[/p][/quote]i would go and take a picture if i knew i was gunna get paid for it come on the work men have been trundling around over it for the past few weeks now surely if it was to go boom it would have done so by now so someone walking close enough to take a photo im sure wont make it go off, lisa pollen
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Mon 9 Jan 12

sarahlooby_lou says...

Seems The Press are little bit behind with their reporting - been on the One & Other website and they updated at 3:15pm to say that the road has reopened now.
Seems The Press are little bit behind with their reporting - been on the One & Other website and they updated at 3:15pm to say that the road has reopened now. sarahlooby_lou
  • Score: 0

3:30pm Mon 9 Jan 12

LimaSierra says...

CJPG wrote:
"The firm said the flats would be spread across five blocks, most of which would be four-and-a-half storeys tall". Does that mean one of the storeys is for students of restricted growth?
I thought the exact same thing!
[quote][p][bold]CJPG[/bold] wrote: "The firm said the flats would be spread across five blocks, most of which would be four-and-a-half storeys tall". Does that mean one of the storeys is for students of restricted growth?[/p][/quote]I thought the exact same thing! LimaSierra
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Pete the Brickie says...



Bomb drama in York



I hope it's going to be better than that rubbish about angels coming to earth as solicitors that was on ITV last Thursday.
[quote] Bomb drama in York [/quote] I hope it's going to be better than that rubbish about angels coming to earth as solicitors that was on ITV last Thursday. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 0

4:02pm Mon 9 Jan 12

insanenutta says...

im sure its lawrence street not hull road even shows it on the map lol
im sure its lawrence street not hull road even shows it on the map lol insanenutta
  • Score: 0

4:02pm Mon 9 Jan 12

insanenutta says...

im sure its lawrence street not hull road even shows it on the map lol
im sure its lawrence street not hull road even shows it on the map lol insanenutta
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Mon 9 Jan 12

ReginaldBiscuit says...

Was the unidentified 'thing' Gordon Brown? If it was, the rozzers should have reburied him for all the damage that he has done to the UK.

They could have interned James Alexander as well while they were at it.
Was the unidentified 'thing' Gordon Brown? If it was, the rozzers should have reburied him for all the damage that he has done to the UK. They could have interned James Alexander as well while they were at it. ReginaldBiscuit
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Mon 9 Jan 12

the andrew says...

I walked past at 1315 and there were no restrictions for pedestrians walking past.
I walked past at 1315 and there were no restrictions for pedestrians walking past. the andrew
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Mister Sheen says...

"I saw it in there but did not know what it was. I put my load down and we had a look at it and then got a few others to have a look at it as well"

....and then....we....'ad a cup o' tea, right said Fred........da da da da daaaa da........
"I saw it in there but did not know what it was. I put my load down and we had a look at it and then got a few others to have a look at it as well" ....and then....we....'ad a cup o' tea, right said Fred........da da da da daaaa da........ Mister Sheen
  • Score: 0

4:21pm Mon 9 Jan 12

lezyork1966 says...

few boring pics at

facebook.com/flez196
6/photos


theres a road, with some police cars, workmen hanging about, a fire engine, some blue n white tape, oh a police pushbike...

oh and the suspected digger taken from a garden of an house for sale that backed onto tthe sight, naughty me....
few boring pics at facebook.com/flez196 6/photos theres a road, with some police cars, workmen hanging about, a fire engine, some blue n white tape, oh a police pushbike... oh and the suspected digger taken from a garden of an house for sale that backed onto tthe sight, naughty me.... lezyork1966
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Mon 9 Jan 12

pedalling paul says...

I'll also keep well away......!
I'll also keep well away......! pedalling paul
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Mon 9 Jan 12

paulinesnowden says...

insanenutta wrote:
at least its quiet for a change
the bomb is probably from

york blitz
about april 2nd 1942
[quote][p][bold]insanenutta[/bold] wrote: at least its quiet for a change[/p][/quote]the bomb is probably from york blitz about april 2nd 1942 paulinesnowden
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Mon 9 Jan 12

George Appleby says...

I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged.

We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys.

We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries.

Warnings were regular.
I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged. We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys. We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries. Warnings were regular. George Appleby
  • Score: 0

6:19pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Grumpy Old Man says...

paulinesnowden wrote:
insanenutta wrote:
at least its quiet for a change
the bomb is probably from

york blitz
about april 2nd 1942
No, it isn't. The bomb pattern was on a line from Clifton, over the railway station, the Guildhall and Coney Street, down Nunnery Lane and over Southlands. It went nowhere near Lawrence Street
[quote][p][bold]paulinesnowden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]insanenutta[/bold] wrote: at least its quiet for a change[/p][/quote]the bomb is probably from york blitz about april 2nd 1942[/p][/quote]No, it isn't. The bomb pattern was on a line from Clifton, over the railway station, the Guildhall and Coney Street, down Nunnery Lane and over Southlands. It went nowhere near Lawrence Street Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Grumpy Old Man says...

ReginaldBiscuit wrote:
Was the unidentified 'thing' Gordon Brown? If it was, the rozzers should have reburied him for all the damage that he has done to the UK.

They could have interned James Alexander as well while they were at it.
Ho, ho,ho. Laugh? I thought I'd never start. Where do you live now? Obviously a few thoudand miles away from the UK not to notice what Cameron and Co are doing to destroy this country. Come home sometime and take a look.
[quote][p][bold]ReginaldBiscuit[/bold] wrote: Was the unidentified 'thing' Gordon Brown? If it was, the rozzers should have reburied him for all the damage that he has done to the UK. They could have interned James Alexander as well while they were at it.[/p][/quote]Ho, ho,ho. Laugh? I thought I'd never start. Where do you live now? Obviously a few thoudand miles away from the UK not to notice what Cameron and Co are doing to destroy this country. Come home sometime and take a look. Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Guy Fawkes says...

And the petrol station next door! Oh big bang!!!!


The following story is completely true.

A few years back, I was chatting to an archivist at the Imperial War Museum at a conference. The conversation turned to the conservation (excuse the pun!) of mechanically complex objects - how viable is it to try to keep them in working order, etc.

She told me about a bloke who phoned them up out of the blue, explaining that his father had served in WWI and had kept two artillery shells as souvenirs, which had been placed on either side of his fireplace for about six decades afterwards. When the father passed away, the shells were offered to the IWM.

Now everyone assumed - not unreasonably, given the age of the shells - that they'd been made safe in the process of being turned into fireside ornaments. My colleague's suspicions were first aroused when, in response to her 'Why don't you bring them in and we'll have a look?', the caller seemed somewhat reluctant. A few days later, a Transit van showed up at the IWM's doorstep, the driver explaining that it would take two or three people to manhandle the two shells inside to the museum.

The bottom line was that they were 500lb shells, still with a live and viable charge, and which could have detonated at any time during the half-century they sat by their owner's fireplace. And where was that fireplace? The owner ran, and lived above, a petrol station! It was later worked out that if they'd have detonated, the resulting explosion would have flattened a half-mile radius.
[quote]And the petrol station next door! Oh big bang!!!![/quote] The following story is completely true. A few years back, I was chatting to an archivist at the Imperial War Museum at a conference. The conversation turned to the conservation (excuse the pun!) of mechanically complex objects - how viable is it to try to keep them in working order, etc. She told me about a bloke who phoned them up out of the blue, explaining that his father had served in WWI and had kept two artillery shells as souvenirs, which had been placed on either side of his fireplace for about six decades afterwards. When the father passed away, the shells were offered to the IWM. Now everyone assumed - not unreasonably, given the age of the shells - that they'd been made safe in the process of being turned into fireside ornaments. My colleague's suspicions were first aroused when, in response to her 'Why don't you bring them in and we'll have a look?', the caller seemed somewhat reluctant. A few days later, a Transit van showed up at the IWM's doorstep, the driver explaining that it would take two or three people to manhandle the two shells inside to the museum. The bottom line was that they were 500lb shells, still with a live and viable charge, and which could have detonated at any time during the half-century they sat by their owner's fireplace. And where was that fireplace? The owner ran, and lived above, a petrol station! It was later worked out that if they'd have detonated, the resulting explosion would have flattened a half-mile radius. Guy Fawkes
  • Score: 0

7:06pm Mon 9 Jan 12

dodgydavereturns says...

Just been passed......

....It's like a bomb site!
Just been passed...... ....It's like a bomb site! dodgydavereturns
  • Score: 0

7:45pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Nthooze says...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! Nthooze
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Mon 9 Jan 12

ReginaldBiscuit says...

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
ReginaldBiscuit wrote:
Was the unidentified 'thing' Gordon Brown? If it was, the rozzers should have reburied him for all the damage that he has done to the UK.

They could have interned James Alexander as well while they were at it.
Ho, ho,ho. Laugh? I thought I'd never start. Where do you live now? Obviously a few thoudand miles away from the UK not to notice what Cameron and Co are doing to destroy this country. Come home sometime and take a look.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReginaldBiscuit[/bold] wrote: Was the unidentified 'thing' Gordon Brown? If it was, the rozzers should have reburied him for all the damage that he has done to the UK. They could have interned James Alexander as well while they were at it.[/p][/quote]Ho, ho,ho. Laugh? I thought I'd never start. Where do you live now? Obviously a few thoudand miles away from the UK not to notice what Cameron and Co are doing to destroy this country. Come home sometime and take a look.[/p][/quote]Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. ReginaldBiscuit
  • Score: 0

8:18pm Mon 9 Jan 12

arg says...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

A MAP!!!!!!!!!

As it happens I know this location but i bet lots of readers didn't.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A MAP!!!!!!!!! As it happens I know this location but i bet lots of readers didn't. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!! arg
  • Score: 0

9:09pm Mon 9 Jan 12

civilservant says...

they brought it back to imphal barracks and detonated it. what fun! less of a boom, but a distinct pffft was heard. what a bore!
they brought it back to imphal barracks and detonated it. what fun! less of a boom, but a distinct pffft was heard. what a bore! civilservant
  • Score: 0

9:55pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Silver says...

George Appleby wrote:
I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged.

We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys.

We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries.

Warnings were regular.
Could have been that one so running back through Hull Road that day could have gone badly for you then...
[quote][p][bold]George Appleby[/bold] wrote: I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged. We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys. We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries. Warnings were regular.[/p][/quote]Could have been that one so running back through Hull Road that day could have gone badly for you then... Silver
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Mon 9 Jan 12

Alpha Kenny Thing says...

George Appleby wrote:
I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged.

We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys.

We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries.

Warnings were regular.
The most interesting thing I have ever read on this website.

Thank you Sir.
[quote][p][bold]George Appleby[/bold] wrote: I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged. We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys. We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries. Warnings were regular.[/p][/quote]The most interesting thing I have ever read on this website. Thank you Sir. Alpha Kenny Thing
  • Score: 0

10:11am Tue 10 Jan 12

Firedrake says...

Guy Fawkes' story is pretty good too!
Guy Fawkes' story is pretty good too! Firedrake
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Tue 10 Jan 12

whitehorse says...

Alpha Kenny Thing wrote:
George Appleby wrote: I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged. We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys. We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries. Warnings were regular.
The most interesting thing I have ever read on this website. Thank you Sir.
Hear, hear. Really interesting stuff. As an outsider, I'd heard of the Baedeker Raid, but assumed that was the only time York suffered. Researching the topic a month or two back, I found a great website that lists details of all the bombing raids on York, what was dropped, what was destroyed and who was killed. It makes for grim reading. Surprisingly, the Groves was quite badly bombed which I had never realised.
[quote][p][bold]Alpha Kenny Thing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George Appleby[/bold] wrote: I would be about 13 when a pal and I, living at the Tang Hall Lane end of 5th Ave, were by the river near Skeldergate Bridge one Sunday afternoon during the war. A loan German Junkers 88 flew along the river and we saw the bomb doors open. One fell at the bottom of the steps up to Cliffords Tower. Another fell on the Terrys side of the bridge and didn't go off. We set off and ran through to Hull Road for home. Another fell on the Brown Cow off Walmgate and the pub was damaged. We used to get lone raiders dropping their remaining bombs, some times breaking away from raids on Hull. These were very heavy and regular. We could see the glow in the sky and felt sorry for them. They were after the Russian convoys. We had a loner dropped on Osbalwick Lane, not far from the (Bees Wing?) Others on Constantine and Alcuin Avenues, near the park. We were evacuated into St Hildred's school Hall one night until they were dealt with. Also incendaries. Warnings were regular.[/p][/quote]The most interesting thing I have ever read on this website. Thank you Sir.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear. Really interesting stuff. As an outsider, I'd heard of the Baedeker Raid, but assumed that was the only time York suffered. Researching the topic a month or two back, I found a great website that lists details of all the bombing raids on York, what was dropped, what was destroyed and who was killed. It makes for grim reading. Surprisingly, the Groves was quite badly bombed which I had never realised. whitehorse
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Loz4291 says...

Since when was Eden Camp near Pickering? Has the press never heard of MALTON where it actually is?
Since when was Eden Camp near Pickering? Has the press never heard of MALTON where it actually is? Loz4291
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Tue 10 Jan 12

cherokee says...

Ash trays made out of old cartridge cases were a popular feature in houses after WW1 but as almost everybody has stopped smoking they are no longer a threat
Ash trays made out of old cartridge cases were a popular feature in houses after WW1 but as almost everybody has stopped smoking they are no longer a threat cherokee
  • Score: 0

2:38pm Tue 10 Jan 12

mel_drew says...

Smiler wrote:
Expat wrote:
More details.
It's a bomb and it's unexploded...

I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture.

on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too....

Glad i don't live nearby.
Oh, I don't know. Years ago I was telling a Press photographer about the small incendiary bomb remains that a diving colleague pulled out of the river by the Guildhall (and very quickly put back.) The photographer was very anxious for me to jump in and get it for her!
[quote][p][bold]Smiler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Expat[/bold] wrote: More details.[/p][/quote]It's a bomb and it's unexploded... I doubt you would find a press photographer that will go up to it and take a picture. on a serious note, there are hundreds of these lying around after the war. very dangerous things too.... Glad i don't live nearby.[/p][/quote]Oh, I don't know. Years ago I was telling a Press photographer about the small incendiary bomb remains that a diving colleague pulled out of the river by the Guildhall (and very quickly put back.) The photographer was very anxious for me to jump in and get it for her! mel_drew
  • Score: 0

3:07pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Firedrake says...

If it really was a naval shell, then presumably it quite literally "fell off the back of a lorry" on it's way from a munitions factory/depot to a dockyard ... but then it wouldn't have buried itself. Curiouser and curiouser! I hope it was photographed and measured before it was "destroyed".
If it really was a naval shell, then presumably it quite literally "fell off the back of a lorry" on it's way from a munitions factory/depot to a dockyard ... but then it wouldn't have buried itself. Curiouser and curiouser! I hope it was photographed and measured before it was "destroyed". Firedrake
  • Score: 0

3:52pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Sawday2 says...

"If it had been an aerial bomb, it would have caused a lot more inconvenience."

So glad it would have only caused 'inconvenience'. I'm sure the residents of the East End or Dresden were also pleased that they only suffered from 'inconvenience' rather than something more serious!!
"If it had been an aerial bomb, it would have caused a lot more inconvenience." So glad it would have only caused 'inconvenience'. I'm sure the residents of the East End or Dresden were also pleased that they only suffered from 'inconvenience' rather than something more serious!! Sawday2
  • Score: 0

6:38pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Turpinette says...

insanenutta wrote:
im sure its lawrence street not hull road even shows it on the map lol
Its on Hull Road, as it starts at Olympian Court, just before the old dairy site as you head out of town, not at the junction of Melrosegate (which would be more logical). There's signs up showing the change of road name on the bus stop at the end of Olympian Court. Not many people know that...
[quote][p][bold]insanenutta[/bold] wrote: im sure its lawrence street not hull road even shows it on the map lol[/p][/quote]Its on Hull Road, as it starts at Olympian Court, just before the old dairy site as you head out of town, not at the junction of Melrosegate (which would be more logical). There's signs up showing the change of road name on the bus stop at the end of Olympian Court. Not many people know that... Turpinette
  • Score: 0

8:03pm Tue 10 Jan 12

George Appleby says...

A lot of the German shells and bombs were made by slave labour and more and more of them were known to be sabotaged not to go off as the war progressed. Plenty did!!
A lot of the German shells and bombs were made by slave labour and more and more of them were known to be sabotaged not to go off as the war progressed. Plenty did!! George Appleby
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Avensis Lady says...

The old dairy address was 10 - 18 Hull Road. Not sure when the dairy was built but during its time it had 16 ton wagons going over the ground all day long as well as the electric milk floats. My husband drove a milk tanker there from 1967 and it wasn't new then
The old dairy address was 10 - 18 Hull Road. Not sure when the dairy was built but during its time it had 16 ton wagons going over the ground all day long as well as the electric milk floats. My husband drove a milk tanker there from 1967 and it wasn't new then Avensis Lady
  • Score: 0

10:25pm Thu 12 Jan 12

Nothing rhymes with orange! says...

Naval Shell ?

Fired from where ?

Scarborough ?

Some *uc*ing gun eh ?
Naval Shell ? Fired from where ? Scarborough ? Some *uc*ing gun eh ? Nothing rhymes with orange!
  • Score: 0

10:34pm Thu 12 Jan 12

Nothing rhymes with orange! says...

The city of York is proud to be twinned with the North Rhine Wesphalia region of Germany.
The only thing York and Germany has in common is that they bombed each other in 1945 !
The city of York is proud to be twinned with the North Rhine Wesphalia region of Germany. The only thing York and Germany has in common is that they bombed each other in 1945 ! Nothing rhymes with orange!
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree