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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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Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09006
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Exeter bomb damage OP07079
Exeter bomb damage OP07079
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Paddle steamer under arms CC80_00195
Paddle steamer under arms CC80_00195
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St Brides Church, London 1941 BB69_02583
St Brides Church, London 1941 BB69_02583
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Town Hall, Birmingham 1941 AA42_00745
Town Hall, Birmingham 1941 AA42_00745
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Bomb damage, Liverpool 1941 BB90_03807
Bomb damage, Liverpool 1941 BB90_03807
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Exeter 1942 BB42_00714
Exeter 1942 BB42_00714
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Exeter Cathedral bomb damage BB42_00740
Exeter Cathedral bomb damage BB42_00740
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St Sidwells Church, Exeter 1942 BB42_03938
St Sidwells Church, Exeter 1942 BB42_03938
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Bomb damage, London 1941 BL5947
Bomb damage, London 1941 BL5947
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Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09008
Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09008
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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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Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09007
Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09007
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Bofors gun, Pendennis Castle c.1943 N900004
Bofors gun, Pendennis Castle c.1943 N900004
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Dover Castle wartime tunnels N090281
Dover Castle wartime tunnels N090281
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Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880020
Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880020
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Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880017
Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880017
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Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880011
Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880011
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Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880008
Dover Castle wartime tunnels 1945 N880008
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Exeter 1942 BB42_00717
Exeter 1942 BB42_00717
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Bomb damaged church, Camden, London AA44_00304
Bomb damaged church, Camden, London AA44_00304
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World War Two anti-aircraft gun K980562
World War Two anti-aircraft gun K980562
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Dover Castle Wartime Tunnels N110338
Dover Castle Wartime Tunnels N110338
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Battery Observation Post, Pendennis Castle N110008
Battery Observation Post, Pendennis Castle N110008
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Exeter 1942 BB42_00717 Featured Print

Exeter 1942 BB42_00717

EXETER, Devon. Bomb damage. Remains of two houses destroyed on Southernhay West. Blown off shutters lean against the railings on the surviving balcony. Exeter and a number of other cities were targeted by Hitler in revenge for Air Marshal Harris campaign against German cities. Photographed by Margaret Tomlinson in 1942

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Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09005
Bomb damage, Birmingham 1942 OP09005
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The Ring, Southwark 1941 B43_1259
The Ring, Southwark 1941 B43_1259
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War Memorial, Trowbridge
War Memorial, Trowbridge
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Pill Box IoE 407945
Pill Box IoE 407945
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Martello Tower at TM 361 419
Martello Tower at TM 361 419
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Dover Castle Wartime Tunnels N110337
Dover Castle Wartime Tunnels N110337
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Dover Castle Wartime Tunnels N110336
Dover Castle Wartime Tunnels N110336
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Gun control room at Pendennis Castle N080671
Gun control room at Pendennis Castle N080671
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Martello Tower
Martello Tower
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