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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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Jervas - Elizabeth and Henrietta Finch J030048
Jervas - Elizabeth and Henrietta Finch J030048
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Mengs - Infant Christ and St Anthony of Padua K080008
Mengs - Infant Christ and St Anthony of Padua K080008
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Upton Park, West Ham 26448_011
Upton Park, West Ham 26448_011
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Chinoiserie wallpaper J050121
Chinoiserie wallpaper J050121
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Stamford Bridge, Chelsea 24410_016
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea 24410_016
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Lawrence - Duke of Wellington J040044
Lawrence - Duke of Wellington J040044
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Chinoiserie wallpaper J050124
Chinoiserie wallpaper J050124
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Stencil graffiti by Banksy N070361
Stencil graffiti by Banksy N070361
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Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057
Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057
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Steep Street Bristol OP08887
Steep Street Bristol OP08887
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Nunney Castle N061017
Nunney Castle N061017
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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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Charles Darwin K970214
Charles Darwin K970214
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Hadrians Wall J940488
Hadrians Wall J940488
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Charles Darwin and his son N990002
Charles Darwin and his son N990002
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Charles Darwin K980123
Charles Darwin K980123
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Hand bells DP130731
Hand bells DP130731
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Gloucester Cathedral OP11081
Gloucester Cathedral OP11081
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Battle of Waterloo map J020089
Battle of Waterloo map J020089
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Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace EAW654371
Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace EAW654371
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Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley J950051
Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley J950051
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Gormley - Angel of the North DP059218
Gormley - Angel of the North DP059218
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Map of the world with annotations by Darwin J970111
Map of the world with annotations by Darwin J970111
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Emirates Stadium, Arsenal 24985_021
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal 24985_021
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Emirates Stadium, Arsenal 24985_021

EMIRATES STADIUM, Arsenal, London. Aerial view. Opened in July 2006 as the replacement to Arsenal Football Club's historic home at Highbury. This 60, 000 all-seated stadium is located at Ashburton Grove. It is a candidate stadium for the 2018 England World Cup bid. Photographed in May 2008

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Aerial, Football, Leisure, Recreation, Sport, Urban

Goodison Park, Everton EAW162060
Goodison Park, Everton EAW162060
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Evstafieff - A R Wallace J970179
Evstafieff - A R Wallace J970179
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Stencil graffiti by Banksy N070360
Stencil graffiti by Banksy N070360
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French Lancer J840005
French Lancer J840005
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Wharram Percy Medieval Village J890258
Wharram Percy Medieval Village J890258
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Barnacles K970315
Barnacles K970315
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Sharples - Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine K971925
Sharples - Charles Darwin (aged six) and Catherine K971925
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Dawe - Field Marshal Blucher N070506
Dawe - Field Marshal Blucher N070506
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Stamford Bridge, Chelsea EPW025830
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea EPW025830
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Galapagos finch J970106
Galapagos finch J970106
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Galapagos finch J970105
Galapagos finch J970105
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Galapagos finch J970104
Galapagos finch J970104
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French Lancer J840005 Featured Print

French Lancer J840005

Engraving of a French Napoleonic soldier produced in Paris. Lancer of the French Imperial Guard. In 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo this unit formed part of General Lefebvre-Desnouettes Guard Light Cavalry Division, which took part in Marshal Ney's massed cavalry attack on the British lines. They had also been engaged at the Battle of Quatre Bras on 16th June as scouts ahead of Marshal Ney's main body

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Lefevre - Napoleon Bonaparte N070490
Lefevre - Napoleon Bonaparte N070490
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Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330
Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330
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Anne Elizabeth Darwin N990003
Anne Elizabeth Darwin N990003
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Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021
Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021
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Arlington Row, Bibury CC72_00992
Arlington Row, Bibury CC72_00992
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Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
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Bronze age arrow head J930088
Bronze age arrow head J930088
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Canova - Bust of Napoleon N080945
Canova - Bust of Napoleon N080945
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Dog AA086653
Dog AA086653
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Old Wardour Castle in the Middle Ages J990030
Old Wardour Castle in the Middle Ages J990030
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Old Trafford EAW627720
Old Trafford EAW627720
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Hylton Castle N060303
Hylton Castle N060303
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