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Water tank on St Peter's Hill in Grantham ready in case of bombings

Then & Now, by Ruth Crook of Grantham Civic Society

In 1942 as the aerial bombardment of Britain continued, it was thought to be necessary for static water tanks to be placed in strategic positions in towns and cities.

These tanks would supply a ready water supply for the fire brigade in the event of buildings being bombed and catching fire. The tank on St Peter’s Hill, although essential, was often misused.

A water tank on St Peter's Hill, Grantham, in the 1940s. (43135198)
A water tank on St Peter's Hill, Grantham, in the 1940s. (43135198)

The chief regional fire officer gave an interview to the Grantham Journal.

He said: “The sites of these basins have all been carefully selected and an important consideration has been the fact that appliances have to get to them.

“Where a fire pump can get with ease, there also can children get. But if the fire-fighting appliances could not get to use them, then the tanks would be useless. Therefore, the only thing to do is to educate children to leave them alone.”

The site today. (43135265)
The site today. (43135265)

Children were bathing in the tanks and sailing boats in them. Rubbish and stones were also being thrown into them and some children were also drinking the water.

The public were asked to advise their children to keep away from them.

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