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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
7th December 1980 Chelsea footballer John Terry was born in Barking.
7th December 1889 Gilbert and Sullivans Gondoliers, premieres in London
7th December 1811 The first Ratcliff Murders occur; of Tim & Celia & Tim Jr Marr at 29 Ratcliff Highway.
7th December 1783 The Theatre Royal first opened in Covent Garden.
One of outer London's finest historical houses.
Location: Forty Hill, Enfield
Description: Forty Hall & Estate was built by the former Lord Mayor of London in 1632, Sir Nicholas Rainton. It's Enfield's Jewel in the Crown and one of England's finest historic houses.
As part of Enfield Council's plans to restore this unique heritage site, the grade I listed Forty Hall is now closed to the public, reopening in Spring 2012, following a major refurbishment, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Enfield Council.
Highlights of the museum collection inside include :
Roman pottery and glass from excavations in the London Borough of Enfield, including a very fine, complete, brown glass flagon and two mortaria
Excavated pottery, glass and polychrome, tin-glazed ware tiles from Elsyng Palace
A collection of fine 18th-century and later wine glasses, glass flasks and decanters, as well as phials and bottles
Seventeenth- and 18th century ceramic finewares, including tin-glazed ware, creamware, pearlware, black basalt ware, Chinese and English porcelain, as well as English and German stonewares
Nineteenth- and 20th-century English stonewares, including numerous bottles of various kinds
A large collection of everyday 'china' typical of 20th-century suburban households within the borough, including tea and coffee services by Clarice Cliff, and Susie Cooper and jugs and vases by Charlotte Rhead and Keith Murray
Decorative wares by Royal Doulton, Moorcroft, Wedgwood, Minton, the Poole Pottery and other major 19th- and 20th century factories