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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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Butlers Wharf c.1910 BB87_09668
Butlers Wharf c.1910 BB87_09668
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Battersea Power Station AA98_05903
Battersea Power Station AA98_05903
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Shackleton over the Strand RAF_228_190E_0048
Shackleton over the Strand RAF_228_190E_0048
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HMS Warspite EAW005978
HMS Warspite EAW005978
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Wembley Cup Final 1935 EPW046905
Wembley Cup Final 1935 EPW046905
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Wootton Bassett United Dairies, 1930. EPW032627
Wootton Bassett United Dairies, 1930. EPW032627
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St Pauls Cathedral BB91_18987
St Pauls Cathedral BB91_18987
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HMS Centaur EAW108229
HMS Centaur EAW108229
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Market Court, Kensington High Street BB77_09230
Market Court, Kensington High Street BB77_09230
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Hastings AA98/05468
Hastings AA98/05468
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Lord Frederic Leightons studio BL13090_A
Lord Frederic Leightons studio BL13090_A
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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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QE2 at Southampton EAW191249
QE2 at Southampton EAW191249
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Humber Ferry EAW 148406
Humber Ferry EAW 148406
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Wreck at Fidlers Reach EAW143996
Wreck at Fidlers Reach EAW143996
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Shipwreck at St Merryn EAW200562
Shipwreck at St Merryn EAW200562
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St Pauls Cathedral RSL01_01_01
St Pauls Cathedral RSL01_01_01
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Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032634
Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032634
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Fishermen, Falmouth Pier CC56_00752
Fishermen, Falmouth Pier CC56_00752
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Crystal Palace FF91_00333
Crystal Palace FF91_00333
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Stonegate York DAC01_03_025
Stonegate York DAC01_03_025
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Lincoln High Street DIX02_01_028
Lincoln High Street DIX02_01_028
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Chagford DIX02_01_033
Chagford DIX02_01_033
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Sunderland EAW405804
Sunderland EAW405804
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St Pauls Cathedral RSL01_01_01 Featured Print

St Pauls Cathedral RSL01_01_01

St Paul'€™s Cathedral from Southwark Bridge, City of London, 1855-€“9. Unknown photographer, possibly Alfred Rosling (1802-€“82), albumen print. This view of St Paul'€™s Cathedral looming beyond the Thames-side wharves is an albumen print from a wet collodion negative, virtually identical to a calotype photograph by Alfred Rosling taken in 1854. It is possible that Rosling tried to recapture the scene later in the decade using the more up to date process. Alfred Rosling was a timber merchant and one of England'€™s earliest amateur photographers. He was a founder member of the Photographic Society and the Photographic Exchange Club. Rosling moved to Reigate, Surrey in 1859, where Francis Frith was his neighbour and later published many of his photographs

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Royal Yacht Britannia EAW075124
Royal Yacht Britannia EAW075124
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Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032632
Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032632
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Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032629
Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032629
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Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032626
Wootton Bassett, 1930. EPW032626
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