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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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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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Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057
Richmond - Charles Darwin J980057
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Chinoiserie wallpaper J050124
Chinoiserie wallpaper J050124
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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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Stencil graffiti by Banksy N070361
Stencil graffiti by Banksy N070361
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Hadrians Wall J940488
Hadrians Wall J940488
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Battle of Waterloo map J020089
Battle of Waterloo map J020089
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Charles Darwin and his son N990002
Charles Darwin and his son N990002
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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 K980123
Charles Darwin K980123
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Nunney Castle N061017
Nunney Castle N061017
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Hand bells DP130731
Hand bells DP130731
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Canova - Bust of Napoleon N080945
Canova - Bust of Napoleon N080945
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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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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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Steep Street Bristol OP08887
Steep Street Bristol OP08887
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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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Steep Street Bristol OP08887 Featured Print

Steep Street Bristol OP08887

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866. John Hill Morgan (b 1833), platinum print. This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left, was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. Steep Street existed in the medieval period when it was the main road from the centre of Bristol to Gloucester. This photograph was published in 1891 as a nostalgic view by Bristol art publishers and print sellers Frost & Reed. A limited run of 100 prints was produced and the negative destroyed

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Wilkin - Battle of Hastings K021254
Wilkin - Battle of Hastings K021254
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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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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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Landseer - The Illicit Highland Whisky Still J040064
Landseer - The Illicit Highland Whisky Still J040064
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Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021
Richmond - Emma Darwin J980021
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Morgan factory DP139433
Morgan factory DP139433
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White Hart Lane EAW167143
White Hart Lane EAW167143
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Gloucester Cathedral OP11081
Gloucester Cathedral OP11081
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Arlington Row, Bibury CC72_00992
Arlington Row, Bibury CC72_00992
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Dawe - Field Marshal Blucher N070506 Featured Print

Dawe - Field Marshal Blucher N070506

APSLEY HOUSE "Field-Marshal Prince Von Blucher". Painted c.1818 by George DAWE (1781-1829). Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher Prince von Wahlstaff (1742-1819), Prussian general and hero of the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. This is the Duke of Wellington's own portrait of his Prussian ally and co-victor at the Battle of Waterloo. WM 1536-1948

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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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Kings College Chapel AA98_04190
Kings College Chapel AA98_04190
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Blacksmith, Norfolk AA98_13558
Blacksmith, Norfolk AA98_13558
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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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Stonehenge K021103
Stonehenge K021103
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Burj Safita, Syria XAWF04840
Burj Safita, Syria XAWF04840
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Berry Pomeroy Castle J900111
Berry Pomeroy Castle J900111
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Sleeping angel statue, Highgate Cemetery AA073906
Sleeping angel statue, Highgate Cemetery AA073906
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