21 October 2016

The Brisley Bell in WWII

Throughout World War Two, Henry ‘Derick’ Gricks spent his childhood living at The Bell. During this time, Brisley was mainly utilised to produce food.

In 1942, there was a shift in Germany’s air force targets. Instead of strategically bombing locations of military importance, they decided to focus on cultural centers and rural landscapes. This was a part of their Baedeker raids. Norwich, unfortunately, was one of the cities selected.norwich-blitz-sketch

In late April 1942, Derick could see the bombing of Norwich from one of the upstairs windows of The Bell. The blasts from these ‘terror bombings’ could be seen nearly twenty miles away. A pillbox from the wartime effort remains in Brisley today, just around the corner of The Bell.

brisley-pillbox-sketch

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