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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th April 1946 Christopher Fry's Phoenix too Frequent, premieres in London
25th April 1944 Strictly star Len Goodman was born in Bethnal Green.
25th April 1896 Sidney Jones and Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London
25th April 1660 London Convention Parliament begins
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