Google Earth have released imagery of London from 1945 (and other years) which give a fascinating view of how the Luftwaffe left the area.
Following on from my post about the V1 that demolished a large part of the area around Brassey Square you can see in the map above the hole left in the centre of the image above.
It’s also quite interesting to see, as the joke goes, how the post-wars planning finished the job that the Luftwaffe started. To the east of Tyneham Crescent you can see the north-south roads that no longer exist, likewise the housing sandwiched by the Shaftesbury Park Estate and Lavender Hill. In both cases while damage is apparent it’s clear that far more was destroyed by council demolition than German.
I can’t help wondering how many homes would be there now if we had rebuilt houses, and allowed for the subsequent conversions, extensions and development rather than creating inflexible blocks of flats.
(Thanks to @marxculture for pointing it out to me. I should probably also add that the image is ©2010 The Geoinformation Group and the map overlay ©2010 Tele Atlas)