Stairway to Heaven Memorial - Bethnal Green, London

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#230 of 266 in Historic Sites in London
What happened on 3 March 1943? A crowd of people were entering Bethnal Green tube station, which was being used during the war as an air-raid shelter. The crowd surged forward to get inside, as they could hear the new anti-aircraft rockets being launched in Victoria Park nearby.

Someone tripped on the stairs, causing many others to fall. Three hundred people were crushed into the stairwell within a few seconds, 173 of them died and over 90 were injured. This was the worst civilian disaster of the 2nd World War. It was kept secret because of the war, and until now, the only record at the site was a small plaque at the entrance to the Tube station.
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  • Situated in a small park by an entrance to Bethnal Green station is the memorial to people crushed to death here during WW2. The memorial rises from a plain marble base to a wooden cube with the names...  more »
  • This is a beautiful memorial to the 173 people who died in Britain’s worst wartime civilian disaster. All of who where crushed to death while mistakenly trying to escape an air raid by going into the ...  more »
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  • Very nice memorial in the heart of Bethnal Green.
  • This is a beautiful memorial to the 173 people who died in Britain’s worst wartime civilian disaster. All of who where crushed to death while mistakenly trying to escape an air raid by going into the underground station serving as an air raid shelter. The memorial is made up of a marble base shaped like a gentle slope winding it's way up towards upside down teak staircase. There's holes in the roof of the wooden staircase, one for each of the victims of the disaster. Nice to see this belated memorial to ordinary Londeners instead of another statue of some privileged aristocrat.
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