The British Government was very worried about what was happening in Germany even before WWII began. It realised that war would probably happen and with it would come bombing. The Government made lots of plans to cope with a possible war, including plans to evacuate children from places that were likely to be bombed. Bristol was not on the list of places to be evacuated at the start of the war. Some families evacuated their children anyway. Many were sent to stay with friends and relatives in the country.

After the Blitz began the council produced plans to evacuate children. They asked schools to send letters to parents asking them to give permission for their children to be evacuated. Parents were not told where their children would be going.

Many children left Bristol either by train from Temple Meads or by coach. They were evacuated by class and were accompanied by their teachers. Children from Bristol were mainly sent to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

The council was still evacuating children in May 1941 although, as we now know, the Blitz was over. Many children stayed away from the city for a long time because no one was certain when the bombing would stop.

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