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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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Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service AA062835
Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service AA062835
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Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
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Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
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The Old Royal Naval College AA065204
The Old Royal Naval College AA065204
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Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
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Blackpool AA047928
Blackpool AA047928
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Mill Green, Broxted, Essex AA81_00922
Mill Green, Broxted, Essex AA81_00922
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Children labelling tins of tea c.1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690
Children labelling tins of tea c.1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690
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Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath AA071818
Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath AA071818
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Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285
Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285
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Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500
Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500
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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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R101 at Cardington EPW029993
R101 at Cardington EPW029993
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Piccadilly Circus c.1893 CC97_00945
Piccadilly Circus c.1893 CC97_00945
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Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002
Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002
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Clifton Suspension Bridge BB89_03974
Clifton Suspension Bridge BB89_03974
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Blackpool Beach AA047930
Blackpool Beach AA047930
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King George V Dock AA002109
King George V Dock AA002109
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Gertrude Jekyll c.1901 OP01502
Gertrude Jekyll c.1901 OP01502
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Battersea Funfair AA019815
Battersea Funfair AA019815
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Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16
Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16
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Liverpool Street Station AA063096
Liverpool Street Station AA063096
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Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507
Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507
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Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
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Gertrude Jekyll c.1901 OP01502 Featured Print

Gertrude Jekyll c.1901 OP01502

The garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, beside the terrace bridge at Deanery Garden, Sonning, The Deanery (or Deanery Garden) is a house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in Sonning, Berkshire. Sir Edwin Lutyens built the house for Edward Hudson, owner of Country Life, in 1901. The garden was an example of his collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll. Photographed by Maxwell-Lyte, c.1901

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Blacksmith, Norfolk AA98_13558
Blacksmith, Norfolk AA98_13558
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Farrier, Cambridgeshire AA98_10862
Farrier, Cambridgeshire AA98_10862
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Downshire Hill, Hampstead AA072760
Downshire Hill, Hampstead AA072760
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Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666
Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666
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Victorian London OP15919
Victorian London OP15919
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Foundrymen of James Hews Ironmongers CC97_02752
Foundrymen of James Hews Ironmongers CC97_02752
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Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk AA082550
Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk AA082550
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Aldeburgh Beach AA082551
Aldeburgh Beach AA082551
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Smithfield Market BL22966_004
Smithfield Market BL22966_004
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Big Ben Clock Tower CC73_02867
Big Ben Clock Tower CC73_02867
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Lord Hills Road, London AA064488
Lord Hills Road, London AA064488
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Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817
Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817
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Smithfield Market BL22966_004 Featured Print

Smithfield Market BL22966_004

SMITHFIELD MARKET, London. Smithfield has been the site of a market since the Middle Ages, originally selling horses, cattle and pigs. In 1851-66 Horace Jones constructed a new market which opened in 1868 as the London Central Meat Market. Here, delivery drivers and vans for Danish Bacon pose for the camera. 1915, Bedford Lemere

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Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062
Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062
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Euston Arch AA98_05420
Euston Arch AA98_05420
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Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
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Station Master BB98_05551
Station Master BB98_05551
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Bourton-on-the-Water CC72_01056
Bourton-on-the-Water CC72_01056
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Floral Festival, Chipping Campden CC73_00462
Floral Festival, Chipping Campden CC73_00462
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Long Hanborough Station Master BB69_05293
Long Hanborough Station Master BB69_05293
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Smithfield Market, Birmingham c.1890s OP09004
Smithfield Market, Birmingham c.1890s OP09004
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White Conduit Street, Islington FF003132
White Conduit Street, Islington FF003132
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Market Court, Kensington High Street BB77_09230
Market Court, Kensington High Street BB77_09230
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Coach outside Bidston Court BL12855_C
Coach outside Bidston Court BL12855_C
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Abel Beesley, University Waterman in 1901 CC71_00075
Abel Beesley, University Waterman in 1901 CC71_00075
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