During the Blitz, Daily Mail photographer Herbert Mason was on fire watch on the roof of his office building when he witnessed the bomb destruction happening around St. Paul’s Cathedral. Not knowing whether the Cathedral would survive, Mason fetched his camera and captured this photograph of St. Paul’s, which ran in the Daily Mail on 31 December, 1940, and quickly became an enduring symbol of hope for the people of Britain.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, photograph by Kristine Hughes Patrone, September 2019.

On the eve of the New Year, we at Number One London wish that each of you will experience health, happiness and the spirit of hope in the coming year.


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