Marples Hotel Tragedy

BOOK SOUTH YORKSHIRE HOTELS

History on 12th December


Peace Women Embrace Greenham Common

Marples Hotel Tragedy

Sheffield, South Yorkshire The 12th of December 1940 AD

Sheffield, vital to British armaments production because of its steel plants, was targeted on the night of December 12 1940 in a raid by 300 German bombers . But navigational errors led to the firebombs and high explosives being rained down on the city centre.
Many in Sheffield 's city centre sought shelter in the substantial cellars beneath the Victorian hotel known as Marples Hotel (after its original owner) on Fitzalan Square. But at 11.44 a direct hit reduced the seven-storey structure to a pile of rubble less than 15 feet high. Seventy died in the cellars, though miraculously seven men were pulled alive from the debris the next day.

More famous dates here

6507 views since 1st December 2008

Brit Quote:
When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone. - Walter Scott
More Quotes

On this day:
Last Invasion of Mainland Britain - 1797, Dolly the Sheep Cloned - 1997, Securitas Depot Robbery - Britains largest - 2006
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages