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DO YOU REMEMBER: The Second World War evacuees in Sarratt

 Published on: 26th September 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This month’s historical photo depicts a young evacuee from London exploring the countryside of the Three Rivers, taken on November 2, 1940, at the height of the Blitz in the Second World War.

During the war, around 3.5 million people were evacuated from major cities and towns in the UK to the countryside. Some children were young East Enders from London, a number of whom spent their wartime experience at the Duke of Bedford’s country home of Sarratt Mill, just outside Croxley.

Most of the furniture was provided by the Duke and were also given the right to carry out ducal trout fishing in the stream running through the grounds. This young lad can be seen trying his hand at it, probably a very unusual task for someone used to the capital’s old slums.

Do you have any photographic memories of the Three Rivers in wartime? Or any photos from bygone times concerning the district? If so, send them to us at, and they could feature in a future magazine.

Photo Credit: Northcliffe Collection, ANL, Shutterstock

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