Four children in heatwave dress regard the sweltering sentry at Buckingham Palce in silent sympathy 7th August 1937. Retronaut / TopFoto / mediadrumworld.com

By Mark McConville

 

AS BRITAIN continues to sizzle in the scorching summer heatwave incredible images have revealed how Londoners coped in 1937 as temperatures reached near record-breaking 32 degrees Centigrade.

August 7th, 1937 – St James’ Park.
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The stunning shots show children cooling off in the lake at St James’ Park, women in dressed and men in suits relaxing on park benches and deck chairs in Victoria Embankment Gardens and children of the ‘Santa Claus’ home in their heatwave dress at Waterlow Park.

The continued heatwave, it evidently trying to break all records with increasingly high temperatures, was responsible for this lunch hour scene in the Victoria Embankment Gardens. 25 May 1937.
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Other striking snaps show the crowded tea gardens in Hyde Park, adventurous holidaymakers in a soapbox canoe at Greenwich and a long queue outside the Wood Green open air pool.

Heatwave – St James Park – sun threatened to break all heatwave records – 7 August 1937.
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This queue was only one of the many formed outside London’s open-air baths when a July heatwave sent the temperatures soaring.

Four children in heatwave dress regard the sweltering sentry at Buckingham Palce in silent sympathy 7th August 1937.
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Britain experienced several heatwaves in 1937. In May and June of that year, and again in August, temperatures threatened to break records, but just failed to do so.

July 3rd, 1937 – ‘The long queue stretching for hundreds of yards outside the Wood Green open air pool as bathers waited their turn for a ‘cooler’. This queue was only one of the many formed outside London’s open-air baths when a July heatwave sent the temperatures soaring.’
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Even so, it was extremely hot and men in particular sweltered in heavy suit jackets and trousers, and – in the case of Grenadier Guards – bearskin helmets.

Holiday Children feed swans and cygnets on the lake at the Empire Pool Gardens Wembley London during Heatwave 6th August 1937.
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This summer has seen the return of a long heatwave with the Met Office advising people to stay out of the sun as temperatures reach 34 degrees.

May 29th, 1937.
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The heat is set to persist for the next couple of days according to BBC weather forecaster Steve Cleaton.

Children of the Santa Claus home in their heatwave dress in Waterlow Park Highgate London during Heatwave 6th August 1937.
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With a short respite in the form of cooler temperatures and spells of rain over the weekend the UK will experience a rise in temperatures again from the middle of next week.

May 28th, 1937 – ‘The crowded tea gardens in Hyde Park, which was the favourite resort for workers in the lunch hour when the heatwave returned in full force to London.’
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Other pictures, discovered by the website Retronaut, show topless kids standing in front of a sweltered Grenadier Guard who stands stoically in his uniform despite the heat, children crowding around a water fountain in St James’ Park and the delight on their faces as they run a path.

 

 

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