This image shows the devastation around the Victoria Monument in Derby Square after the first few nights of the May Blitz, 1941. Queen Victoria herself remained miraculously unscathed in the bombing which obliterated much of the area.
“That really did shock me when we got to Castle Street and saw the area of devastation; it was frightening that as a kid. You looked down Lord Street and along Castle Street and everything was desolated, there was nothing standing, the only thing left was the Victoria Monument”.
William McGuire, 2003. Liverpool Voices Archive, Museum of Liverpool