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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th January 1977 The Clash sign their first record deal with CBS Records.

25th January 1958 Born today: Gary Brian Tibbs, London, rock bassist (Adam and The Ants, Roxy Music)

25th January 1919 Born today: Patricia Louise Dalton, chair (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)

25th January 1882 Born today: Virginia [Adeline] Woolf, London, author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse)

25th January 1540 Born today: Edmund Campion, London, saint/Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes)

The Silvertown Explosion



The Silvertown Explosion

This is where Britain's biggest ever explosion occured in 1917.

Location: North Woolwich Road, London

Description: On Friday the 19th of January, 1917 at 6:52 pm a huge explosion ripped a large area of Silvertown from the face of the Earth.

The sound was heard and the shock-wave felt all over London and Essex, it was heard over 100 miles away as far as Southampton and Norwich, the fires that followed were seen 30 miles away from as far as Guildford and Maidstone.

In the crowded suburbs of Silvertown at least 73 people died and over 400 were injured. Up to 70,000 properties were damaged with over 500 destroyed.

The blast was heard up to 100 miles away and is cited in physics textbooks to illustrate the manner in which sound is transmitted.


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The Silvertown Explosion

This is where Britain's biggest ever explosion occured in 1917.


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I am following up my mothers autobiography, in which she describes how she was blown across the street by the explosion. Her little sister got left behind, but her Mum hit my Mum for letting go of her sisters hand. They were living in a shop in the East End at the time. All the windows got blown out along their street. She was very scared when she saw the strange light in the sky. (Angela Diamond)
Posted by Angela Diamond on 2008-01-18
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