1 Morton Road, Leicester
Leicester’s worst night of Second World War bombing was around Highfields in November 1940. 108 people died in the City, on this ‘Blitz Night’. On 19 November, at 10.40pm, three large bombs fell on the crossroads of Sparkenhoe, Saxby and Stoughton Streets. Saxby Street Methodist Church received a direct hit. Luckily 40 people in the Wesleyan Chapel schoolrooms next door (now Sparkenhoe Primary School) only had minor injuries. At 56 and 58 Saxby Street, six people died.
St Peter's Church on St Peter's Road was badly damaged during the bombing. The West windows were blown out and the church roof was badly damaged. There's still damage that is visible; holes in the stonework of the West door show shrapnel damage created on the night of the bombing.