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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
The school bombed during the war killing 38 children
Location: Minard Road, Catford, London, SE6 1NW
Description: A school was first opened in 1896 to educate children on the new Corbett Estate. The present building opened in 1904, with 300 infants on the ground floor, 380 boys on the first floor and 382 girls on the second floor.
In January 1943 the school was bombed at lunchtime. 38 children and 6 teachers died; many more were seriously hurt. There is a commemorative stained glass window in the infant hall and a recently opened memorial garden.
The school was re-built in the early 1950s.
At 12.30 pm, on Wednesday 20th January 1943, Sandhurst School was bombed. According to eye witnesses the pilot waved to the children in the playground as he flew at rooftop height over the school.
Half the building collapsed into aheap of rubble killing 38 children and six teachers. More than 60 children and staff were injured. For two days people picked through the rubble digging out the casualties.