WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Aftermath: A New Community Emerges at Ypres

In the years following the end of the Great War the civilian population that had once lived in the towns and villages on the former battlegrounds began to return. In the immediate area around Ypres the villages were uninhabitable for the first couple of years, so people lived in Ypres at night and went to work on their former homes during the day; clearing detritus and rubble in preparation for a rebuild.

This image shows one of the temporary communities for such people. The provisional wooden housing was put in place until permanent residences could be rebuilt, in most cases at least 3-4 years after the war was over.

In the background are the ruins of the Cloth Hall and St Martin’s Cathedral and their state would indicate this image dated from around 1920-21.

2 responses

  1. A period of endless fascination for me and my guests. Often get quizzed about the reconstruction process. Thanks for sharing this vast pool of resources you have.

    26/04/2013 at 08:04

  2. I’ve sung in St Martin’s twice, and it’s only the machine cut stone that begins to alert you to the fact it’s not as old as it appears

    26/04/2013 at 10:52

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