MAYORS WALK BOMB
ADDED 14 MARCH 2007
Mrs Pamela Smith's account in the February 2007 issues of the
Pontefract Digest, regarding the bomb which fell in Mayors Walk Avenue
in August 1942, clearly pin-points the area where it landed, despite
some contrary reports.
As she states, it was a stones throw from where she lived that the
1,000lb plus bomb buried itself in the garden of the house opposite, to
a depth of 18-20 feet. We can only imagine the devastation it would have
caused had the bomb exploded.
Mrs Smith's father, Mr. J. Maud, took the photograph that illustrated
the scenes at that time.
After being safely defused the bomb was later put on display in the
Buttercross where it was used as a collection box in aid of the War
I was privileged to know Mr. Maud after his retirement when he told
me many stories of his working life, including the bomb incident. He
even produced the camera from his collection with which he took the
It was clear to see what a professional and dedicated photographer he
was and we have benefitted from the wealth of historical photographs of
Pontefract and its people that he left us.
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