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Monday 17 February 2020, 10:00

The Rebuilding of the town of 

 

 

Ypres

 

- after its total destruction in the Great War

An illustrated lecture by Christopher Chanter

 

Monday 17th February at the Ellendune Centre, Wroughton 

Coffee will be served from 10am - the meeting will begin at 11am.

Guests are always very welcome.


By 1918, the Flanders mediaeval city of Ypres was in ruins.

Out of 10,000 buildings, only two remained more or less intact.

The great Cloth Hall representing the ancient wealth of the city

was a hollow shell reduced to half its height.

St. Martin's Cathedral also had just its reduced walls and a shattered interior.
The lecturer will show old photographs from before the First World War,

of the devastation,

of the city's reconstruction, which took 40 years,

and finally images of  fully restored city.

The lecturer’s wife has personal memorabilia from her family,

and a couple of fascinating photographs which should

add poignancy to this tragic tale.

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