All about Plymouth, then and now, including the Blitz and Plymouth today. Page updated 26th October 2017

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Plymouth, then and now, including the Blitz, and plymouth today

Welcome to the section about Plymouth from the middle of the 20th century to the present day.

For example, there's Plymouth and the Blitz. Plymouth was one of the worst-bombed cities in World War II during the Blitz (a heavy and sustained bombing campaign against this primary naval port). The Barbican area of Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on their voyage, is one of the only original parts of Plymouth left standing.

Smeaton's Tower, The Hoe, Plymouth postcardSmeaton's Tower, The Hoe, Plymouth postcard
Plymouth Barbican by Night WallclockPlymouth Barbican by Night Wallclock
Smeaton's Tower, The Hoe, Plymouth Wrist WatchesSmeaton's Tower, The Hoe, Plymouth Wrist Watches

A picture of the boats on the Barbican, Plymouth        A war memorial standing proud in Plymouth

Above are two pictures taken in the Barbican / Hoe area. The first shows some working fishing boats resting between catches in Sutton Harbour.

The second photo shows the war memorial, commemorating the local people who fought and died during World War II and in the Blitz. It stands proud on the grassy area of Plymouth Hoe, overlooking the Sound, Drake's Island and the world beyond the misty horizon.

Drake's Island taken from the Hoe


for a very thorough history of Plymouth visit The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth History
..and if you want to find places to go with your family, see a parents guide to Plymouth

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