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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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The Old Royal Naval College AA065204
The Old Royal Naval College AA065204
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Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
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Blackpool AA047928
Blackpool AA047928
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Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath AA071818
Whitestone Pond, Hampstead Heath AA071818
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Mill Green, Broxted, Essex AA81_00922
Mill Green, Broxted, Essex AA81_00922
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Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500
Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500
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Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
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King George V Dock AA002109
King George V Dock AA002109
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Euston Arch AA98_05420
Euston Arch AA98_05420
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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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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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Woad production, Algarkirk, Lincolnshire NMR02_01_00009
Woad production, Algarkirk, Lincolnshire NMR02_01_00009
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Floral Festival, Chipping Campden CC73_00462
Floral Festival, Chipping Campden CC73_00462
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Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
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Abel Beesley, University Waterman in 1901 CC71_00075
Abel Beesley, University Waterman in 1901 CC71_00075
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Elderly couple AA066020
Elderly couple AA066020
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Highgate High Street AA072784
Highgate High Street AA072784
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George Inn, Botley CC97_02370
George Inn, Botley CC97_02370
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Victorian London OP15919
Victorian London OP15919
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Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002
Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002
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Foundrymen of James Hews Ironmongers CC97_02752
Foundrymen of James Hews Ironmongers CC97_02752
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Woad production, Algarkirk, Lincolnshire NMR02_01_00009 Featured Print

Woad production, Algarkirk, Lincolnshire NMR02_01_00009

Algarkirk, Lincolnshire. A group of man and women cropping woad and collecting it in large wicker baskets. The earliest woad production in Britain dates from the Iron Age. By the 19th century, cheap production and imports of blue dye from indigo plants in Asia led to the woad industry's decline in Britain. The last commercial woad production in Britain was recorded in 1932 in Lincolnshire. Lantern Slide Collection, undated

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Queen Victoria and her family N950006
Queen Victoria and her family N950006
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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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Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817
Building Rotherhithe Tunnel BB99_06817
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Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062
Maids, Byfield, Northamptonshire BB98_06062
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Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
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Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
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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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A man figure skating in Kensington Gardens MCF01_01_0160
A man figure skating in Kensington Gardens MCF01_01_0160
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Greetings DP067921
Greetings DP067921
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Morris Dancing FF003010
Morris Dancing FF003010
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Queen Victoria and her family N950006 Featured Print

Queen Victoria and her family N950006

OSBORNE HOUSE, Isle of Wight. Photograph from a Royal Family album. Queen Victoria and her family. Windsor. 1863. Photograph possibly taken at the time of the Prince of Wales marriage and the family were arranged around a bust of Albert, the late Prince Consort.
Standing (left to right): Possibly Crown Princess of Prussia (1840-1901); Grand Duke Louis of Hesse (1837-1892); Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (1841-1910); Princess Helena (1846-1923).
In front (left to right): Princess Alice (1843-1878); Queen Victoria (1819-1901); Princess Beatrice (1857-1944); Princess Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales (1844- 1925); Prince Leopold (1853-1884)

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Ramsbury Wiltshire BB97_11952
Ramsbury Wiltshire BB97_11952
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Harvest time, Lower Cadsden, Buckinghamshire AA97_05316
Harvest time, Lower Cadsden, Buckinghamshire AA97_05316
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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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Thames Head CC73_00534
Thames Head CC73_00534
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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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Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16
Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16
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Reed cutting, Norfolk AA98_07731
Reed cutting, Norfolk AA98_07731
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Coach outside Bidston Court BL12855_C
Coach outside Bidston Court BL12855_C
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