Severndroog Castle in wartime
This diagram shows the number of bombs dropped around Shooters Hill between 1940 and 1941.
The Castle was used as a lookout in both World Wars. Two German zeppelins fell on Eltham in World War I. In World War II, Shooters Hill formed part of one of the key lines of defence around London known as ‘stop lines’. The Castle played an important part in the defence of the capital. Two special constables manned the roof, day and night, to look out for air raids. They were in direct contact with the government by telephone.