NOTES: After London, the then town of Southampton was looked upon as being the primary target for enemy air raids during World War II. It suffered the effects of 57 air raids from June 1940 until the end of 1944. It was the first town to have a reconstruction plan which was drawn up by Professor Stanley D. Adshead in 1942 and begun in August 1945.
NOTES: Dating from Norman times, St George the Martyr was destroyed during the devastating bombing raid of Canterbury on 31st May to 1st June 1942. Although the fabric of the walls survived, it was eventually demolished save the tower which was rebuilt.
NOTES: The church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1684, was heavily bomb-damaged during the Blitz of 1940-1941. It was restored in 1947-1954 under the direction of Sir Albert Richardson. This garden was created in the churchyard by Viscount Southwood after World War II to 'commemorate the courage and fortitude of the people of London' and was opened by Queen Mary in 1946.