Stairway to Heaven Memorial - Bethnal Green, London

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#207 of 265 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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  • I am sure thousands of people have passed this spot without realising the tragic events that unfolded close by. The survivors’ accounts are heartbreaking.  more »
  • We visited Bethnal Green park and were surprised by this memorial. Initially we thought it was a piece of modern sculpture but later learned that it was a memorial to people who died in Bethnal...  more »
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  • Poignant memorial and story of a long-hidden tragedy. Sculpture is well laid out and the stories of families from the event are truly touching.
  • Very simple, very moving and well worth a visit. It's just a shame it's taken this long to get a proper memorial for the victims of the greatest civilian disaster of WW2.

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