Royal Square

Dambusters Memorial
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Address
Station Road
Woodhall Spa
LN10 6

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53.15138054855496
-0.21793051321412804


About the Venue

Royal Square
Royal Square

On the night of 17 August 1943, two German parachute retard bombs were dropped over Woodhall Spa, one of which hit the Royal Hydro Hotel. Fortunately, none of the many soldiers stationed in the hotel was hurt, as they were away on manoeuvres that night, but the building was badly damaged. Some of the brickwork survived, but the roof was missing, doors were blown out, window frames were useless and there was glass everywhere. The next day was spent clearing the site and sweeping up glass. It was decided that it would be too expensive to rebuild the hotel and eventually it was dismantled and the debris carried away. This area became Royal Square and is now the site of the Dambusters and 617 Sqn memorials.

Royal Square heritage: www.woodhallspa.org/

The square hosts a variety of displays, music, commemorative services and prize presentations.

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2 thoughts on “Royal Square”

  1. Can yoyu please help?
    1 How many people were killed in the Woodhall Spa August 1943 raid?
    2 Two parachuted land mines were used – one hit the Hydro Hotel where did the other one land?
    3 Does any one know what roughly time this occurred?
    4 What plane was responsible – Dornier – Ju88?
    5 Which direction was it flying? East-West or West-East? We know it followed the old Horncastle Railway.

    1. David.

      Here is the reply of one of our local historians (more information on the heritage page of the Woodhall Spa website at http://www.woodhallspa.org

      As regards the enquiry it is thought that 4 people died. Mrs. Fred Sleight and her son Michael who lived on Cornwall Terrace, Tattershall Road and their neighbour Mrs. Birkbeck. Mr. Leonard Patchett of “Bridlemere” further along Tattershall Road, died of a heart attack.

      The other parachute mine landed on Tasburgh Lodge, home of Dr. & Mrs. Armour and family, on the corner of Victoria and Stanhope Avenues. This is the Tasburgh medical practice of today. The old house had to be rebuilt after the bombing.

      The event has been described as happening on the night of the 17-18th August but people were up and about and a gentleman at Haltham says it was about 10.30.

      I do not know about direction but Dr. Armour junior said “from the direction of Haltham” and there was the report of the gentleman there.

      I`m afraid I, have never heard any mention of the make of plane – “German bomber” has satisfied most people!

      Best wishes,
      Marjorie

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