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Featured 1900 - 1945 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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Featured 1900 - 1945 Print

Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285

OCEANIC HOUSE, Cockspur Street, London. The London office of the White Star Line shipping company decorated for George V coronation (22nd June 1911) including an image of the RMS Olympic ocean liner who's maiden voyage commenced 14th June. Although later that year (September) the Olympic was involved in a collision with the war ship Hawke, she had a long and distinguished career and became known as 'Old Reliable'. Photographed by Bedford Lemere in 1911.

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Featured 1900 - 1945 Print

Sandown Pier EPW043023

SANDOWN, Isle of Wight. The Paddle Steamer Sandown arriving at Sandown Pier in August 1939. Sandown Pier was originally much shorter, but was extended in 1895 with a new pavilion and steamer landing stage. It was intended to attract tourism to Sandown and entertainments included a band and a ballroom. Southern Railways PS Sandown operated the Portsmouth-Ryde service across the Solent between 1934 and 1964 when she was finally broken up. Aerofilms Collection (see Links).

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