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Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456 Featured Architecture 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

© Historic England Archive

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954 Featured Architecture Print

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, 1954

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pictured together in the Grand Entrance in Buckingham Palace in 1954. The Queen is wearing a yellow tulle evening gown decorated with sprays of mimosa and gold pailette embroidery and is wearing the blue Ribbon and Star of the Garter. Her necklace was a wedding present from the Nizam of Hyderabad; the tiara also a wedding present from Queen Mary. The bow brooch and drop earrings are set with diamonds. The Duke is wearing the uniform of the Admiral of the Fleet. Date: 1954

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World Cup Winners 1966 - England Team With World Cup Featured Architecture Print

World Cup Winners 1966 - England Team With World Cup

The England football team before their international match against Czechoslovakia at Wembley. *Back row (l-r): Harold Shepherdson, Nobby Stiles, Roger Hunt, Gordon Banks, Jack Charlton, George Cohen, Ray Wilson and Alf Ramsay (manager). Front row (l-r): Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Bobby Charlton. *07/03/2000: The Queen was today (7th March 2000) honouring the five forgotten heroes of the 1966 World Cup-winning team. More than 30 years after helping England beat West Germany in the final at Wembley, Alan Ball, George Cohen, Roger Hunt, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson will be receiving MBEs at an investiture at Buckingham Palace, central London

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