STUNNING retro pictures show London being rebuilt just five years after it was flattened by the Blitz of World War Two.
The incredible images show gaping cellars and foundations of many blitzed sites which had not yet been cleared away.
Other pictures show beautiful churches that were being restored with the help of stone salvaged from the rubble.
Meanwhile, a refreshing flower garden was also transformed from the debris which was left on the ground.
Another striking shot shows a group of children playing in the foundations of a demolished building.
And a group of workers can be seen taking part in an unconventional cricket match in the cellar of a bombed out building during lunchtime.
A photographer also captured the moment workmen salvaged rubble of a blitzed church masonry in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The remarkable photographs offer an insight into just how long the rebuilding process took with these images shot in London in 1950, five years after the end of World War Two.
The Blitz was a German bombing campaign against Britain in 1940 and 1941, during the Second World War.
The term was first used by the British press and is the German word for “lightning”.
During the Blitz 32,000 civilians were killed and 87,000 were seriously injured and two million houses – of which 60 per cent were in London – were destroyed.
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In one six-month period, 750,000 tons of bombsite rubble from London was transported by railway on 1,700 freight trains to make runways on Bomber Command airfields in East Anglia.
Bombsite rubble from Birmingham was used to make runways on US Air Force bases in Kent and Essex in South East England.
Many sites of bombed buildings, when cleared of rubble, were cultivated to grow vegetables to ease wartime food shortages and were known as victory gardens.
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