Savile Row W1

16 September 1940

By Katlynn Miller

Savile Row W1 suffered bomb damage on 16 and 24 September 1940. On 16 September, a high explosive bomb completely demolished a house at 7 Savile Row, damaging adjacent properties. The bomb shattered surrounding windows and blew debris into the street.  A coal gas leak was discovered and a “no smoking” notice was immediately posted before utility crews arrived to seal it off.

At around 9.55pm, 24 September, 1940, 21A Savile Row was first set alight by incendiaries and then suffered a direct hit from a high explosive bomb. Parts of the recently-opened West End Central Police Station and offices on the opposite side of the street were badly damaged by blast. Soon after, a parachute mine - the first to fall in Westminster - caused massive damage at the corner with Boyle Street and in the vicinity of the police station. The station's glass partitions were completely shattered; flying fragments resulted in multiple injuries. Ensuing fires were tackled by the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) until the next morning. New Burlington Street and Savile Row were blocked by debris. 

Thirty casualties were attended to by ambulances working in relays. One casualty was trapped at 21 Old Burlington Street and one in a car at 10 Cork Street. Several policemen were reported hurt; three were later confirmed as fatalities. Extensive damage was also caused to coal gas mains and electricity lines in the garage and the local water mains burst the next day. 

Photo:Bomb damage to 21A Savile Row

Bomb damage to 21A Savile Row

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Photo:Bomb damage to 21A Savile Row,opposite the West End Central Police Station

Bomb damage to 21A Savile Row,opposite the West End Central Police Station

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Photo:ARP Message Form , Savile Row, 24 September 1940

ARP Message Form , Savile Row, 24 September 1940

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Photo:Bomb Map: Savile Row W1

Bomb Map: Savile Row W1

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7 Savile Row, W1

This page was added by Ronan Thomas on 01/09/2010.
Comments about this page

You report that several Policemen were rported hurt. May I please correct/expand this:

I would like to add that three Police Officers were killed and a further twenty two were injured in that incident.

West End Central Police Station had opened on 14th July 1940. Consequently, it was open for only for about ten weeks. At The time of opening, it was regarded as the most modern Police Station in the world!


By Chas Kenny
On 08/09/2010

I believe my Granfather lived here during time of the bombing and his flat was damaged. His name was Stanley Ogden. Not sure what rank but he later went on to run Isle of Man internment camp. I have photo of my grandmother looking down from the roof onto damage.

By Jenny Welsh
On 06/01/2015

I would just like to add that the bomb that feel on No7 savile row at number 8 was a tailoring firm called Sandon & Co was very badly damaged, how I know is that my father worked for them most of his working life from the age of 16 as a coat maker, also he had 7 brothers & sisters there I also worked for sandons myself for a few years

By barry baylis
On 06/01/2015

My Grandad Robert Errington worked there until the 1970's.

By Helen Errington Dormer
On 20/02/2016

I am researching Sandon and Co tailors as I have a suit that they made in October 1939. Barry Bayliss this could be something your farther worked on. 

By Claire Hart
On 15/01/2018

Claire Hart

While going through an old box of buttons, I have come across buttons monogrammed RFH or possibly PFH. These are stamped Sandon and Co. Savile Row. 

By Nicola Atkinson
On 14/10/2018

My grandfather Henry Sandon owned Sandon tailoring at the time of the bombings,his wife Elizabeth, daughters Phylis & Vera also worked in it, my father Charles was too young but would often tell us how he remembered them pressing out the shape of riding jodhpurs. The uniform worn by the then Princess Elizabeth when she was doing voluntary work during the war, made by Sandon Tailoring is on view at the war museum in London which I visited last year, very emotional.Lovely to read the article that there were people who remembered that time in history as unfortunately, I only knew my grandfather for a very short time.

By Christine Marwe née Sandon
On 10/01/2020

Dear Helen Errington, Both my parents Ivy Button and Gerald Butcher Started at Sandons. My Mother at the age of 14 in 1945. My Grandfather, Frank Butcher, also worked there as a coat maker. Although, luckily they were not there for the bombing they both knew your grandfather. My Mum described him as a gentleman. I lovely polite man and pleasure to work with. Both my parents worked in the room under the main cuttingroom.

By jo hare
On 18/05/2020

My Grandfather, Frank Truscott Collins was one of the policemen killed

By Clare Anning
On 08/01/2021

Dear Jo Hare, thank you so much for your lovely comments about my grandad he really enjoyed working at Sanden‘s and often spoke of people he worked with there! I presume (hopefully not) that your parents have passed on, if on, if not I hope they’re in the best of health. I’m sorry for the delay in reading this I hadn’t looked at this website for a long time I just looked today! There wouldn’t be any photographs that they may have kept of Sandons and people working there with there? Best wishes Helen Errington 

By Helen Errington
On 08/01/2021

I am researching a book on an Indian officer who was a POW in Italy and Germany in WW2. He was repatriated via UK and in his logbook he had five pages of where to shop and eat in London. Amongst the Saville Row tailors is listed Sandon & Co for breeches. He did not know that the premises had been bombed. Thanks to all for the useful information. 

By Syed Ali Hamid
On 21/11/2021

I am the nephew of Barry Baylis above, my mother has a set of buttons that were passed to my Grandad (Barry's dad) who worked at Sandons, they were for Edward VIII Hunts Coat for when he would have been crowned. They are obviously quite rare and unique, as he never was crowned! Not sure of the value.

By Jim Baylis
On 25/01/2022

Claire Anning

COLLINS Frank Truscott PS CID 2nd Class C Div 25/9/40, aged 34 years. He was injured at West End Central Police Station, he died later the same day at St. George's Hospital. 

He joined the Metropolitan Police on 7/3/27. Wt No 116192.

He lived at 6 Bramley Mansions, Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey. He was born on 3/4/06, the son of George Prideaux Collins and Katie Roderick Collins, of Trevone, Herbert Road, New Milton, Hampshire. after completing his education in Bournemouth Collegiate he went to New Zealand where he farmed for 2 years. In 1932  he married Katie May Roderick. They had two sons George Martyn aged 3 years and Stephen aged 2.

By Kevin Lynott
On 01/03/2023

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