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Day trip AA107204
Day trip AA107204
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Beach huts K030616
Beach huts K030616
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Sandown Pier EPW043023
Sandown Pier EPW043023
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Blea Tarn, Lake District J060231
Blea Tarn, Lake District J060231
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Blackpool AA047928
Blackpool AA047928
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Whitby lobster pots K011121
Whitby lobster pots K011121
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Cricket on the beach WSA01_01_G0584
Cricket on the beach WSA01_01_G0584
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Roller Coaster, Blackpool Pleasure Beach N100540
Roller Coaster, Blackpool Pleasure Beach N100540
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Skegness paddling pool DP175092
Skegness paddling pool DP175092
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Morris Minor BAR03/01/342
Morris Minor BAR03/01/342
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Tidal Observatory, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall DP221138
Tidal Observatory, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall DP221138
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Spinnaker Tower DP140146
Spinnaker Tower DP140146
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Tidal Observatory, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall DP221138 Featured Print

Tidal Observatory, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall DP221138

Tidal Observatory, Newlyn Harbour, Newlyn, Cornwall. General view of tidal observatory lighthouse, shot at dawn, view from north west. Photographed by James O. Davies for Listing Review 2019. The fishing industry in Newlyn on the south coast of Cornwall expanded in the 1880s, resulting in the construction of a new harbour and two piers. In the early 20th century, the south pier was extended to give better protection to the harbour and a tidal observatory was built at its north end. The observatory was one of three constructed at the request of Ordnance Survey to establish Mean Sea Level. With the observatory being completed in 1914, hourly measurements were taken of the height of the tide between 1915 and 1921, determining that Newlyn was the most stable and therefore the principal place to establish Mean Sea Level for the entire country. Over the next 100 years, the observatory contributed key tidal data to studies in oceanography, geology and climate change. Today, all heights on Ordnance Survey maps are referenced to a brass bolt within the observatory, 4.75m above Mean Sea Level - also known as Ordnance Datum Newlyn. The Ordnance Survey gave up responsibility for the tidal observatory in 1983, but it continues to be used for scientific tidal measurements, particularly for guiding climate change and coastal management studies.

A line of boy scouts and their scout master MCF01_02_0251
A line of boy scouts and their scout master MCF01_02_0251
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Night scene looking across the water towards the town of Rye CGH01_01_0149
Night scene looking across the water towards the town of Rye CGH01_01_0149
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Traction Engine BAR03_01_030
Traction Engine BAR03_01_030
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Rembrandt - Self Portrait J910070
Rembrandt - Self Portrait J910070
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Battle of Waterloo map J020089
Battle of Waterloo map J020089
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Lawrence - Duke of Wellington J040044
Lawrence - Duke of Wellington J040044
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Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456
Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456
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Games player AA52_02440
Games player AA52_02440
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St Paul's Cathedral N080598
St Paul's Cathedral N080598
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Roman Richborough IC084_007
Roman Richborough IC084_007
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Pheasant M981009
Pheasant M981009
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Flying swans DP174915
Flying swans DP174915
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Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456 Featured Print

Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456

HOLLAND HOUSE, Kensington, London. An interior view of the bombed library at Holland House with readers apparently choosing books regardless of the damage. Photographed in 1940. The House was heavily bombed during World War II and remained derelict until 1952 when parts of the remains were preserved.
Holland House, originally known as Cope Castle, was a great house in Kensington in London, situated in what is now Holland Park. Created in 1605 in the Elizabethan or Jacobean style for the diplomat Sir Walter Cope, the building later passed to the powerful Rich family, then the Fox family, under whose ownership it became a noted gathering-place for Whigs in the 19th century. The house was largely destroyed by German firebombing during the Blitz in 1940; today only the east wing and some ruins of the ground floor still remain.
In 1940, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended the last great ball held at the house. A few weeks later, on 7 September, the German bombing raids on London that would come to be known as the Blitz began. During the night of 27 September, Holland House was hit by twenty-two incendiary bombs during a ten-hour raid. The house was largely destroyed, with only the east wing, and, miraculously, almost all of the library remaining undamaged. Surviving volumes included the sixteenth-century Boxer Codex.
Holland House was granted Grade I listed building status in 1949, under the auspices of the Town and Country Planning Act 1947; the Act sought to identify and preserve buildings of special historic importance, prompted by the damage caused by wartime bombing. The building remained a burned-out ruin until 1952, when its owner, Giles Fox-Strangways, 6th Earl of Ilchester, sold it to the London County Council (LCC). The remains of the building passed from the LCC to its successor, the Greater London Council (GLC) in 1965, and upon the dissolution of the GLC in 1986 to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Today, the remains of Holland House form a backdrop for the open air Holland Park Theatre, home of Opera Holland Park. The YHA (England and Wales) "London Holland Park" youth hostel is now located in the house. The Orangery is now an exhibition and function space, with the adjoining former Summer Ballroom now a restaurant, The Belvedere. The former ice house is now a gallery space.

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Chinoiserie wallpaper J050128
Chinoiserie wallpaper J050128
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Manchurian Crane J920149
Manchurian Crane J920149
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Rose Window, York Minster K011131
Rose Window, York Minster K011131
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Goodison Park, Everton EAW655764
Goodison Park, Everton EAW655764
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Lancaster University Chaplaincy DP138154
Lancaster University Chaplaincy DP138154
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Jodrell Bank, Lovell Telescope J880352
Jodrell Bank, Lovell Telescope J880352
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Fun House CC47_01518
Fun House CC47_01518
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Hall i' th' Wood CC025318
Hall i' th' Wood CC025318
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Lune Aqueduct AA98_05166
Lune Aqueduct AA98_05166
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Durham Cathedral K011466
Durham Cathedral K011466
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Emirates Stadium, Arsenal 24985_020
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal 24985_020
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Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick J060175
Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick J060175
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Lune Aqueduct AA98_05166 Featured Print

Lune Aqueduct AA98_05166

LUNE AQUEDUCT, Lancaster Canal, Lancashire. The Lune Aqueduct near Halton carries the Preston to Kendal Canal over the River Lune. It was built by John Rennie in 1791, but was so expensive that it compromised the funding of the remainder of the canal network. General perspective view photographed by Eric de Mare.

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Old Oswestry 29446_035
Old Oswestry 29446_035
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Birmingham University 21103_02
Birmingham University 21103_02
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Hereford Cathedral AA002157
Hereford Cathedral AA002157
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The Hive, Worcester DP154556
The Hive, Worcester DP154556
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Ely Cathedral AA019773
Ely Cathedral AA019773
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Kenilworth Road, Luton EAW613790
Kenilworth Road, Luton EAW613790
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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red DP180310
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red DP180310
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Great Western Memorial BB48_01157
Great Western Memorial BB48_01157
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Islington Square DP136574
Islington Square DP136574
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Pumping Station DP195587
Pumping Station DP195587
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Wright - Dressing the Kitten J960062
Wright - Dressing the Kitten J960062
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Coventry Cathedral DP164705
Coventry Cathedral DP164705
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