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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
The Royal Courts of Justice
This is one of the splendid gothic sites in London.
Location: The Strand
Description: The Royal Courts of Justiceis where the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales sit.
The building is a huge grey stone Victorian Gothic style palace of buildings and was designed by George Edmund Street, who beat off 10 other leading architects.
The building was started in 1873 by Messrs. Bull & Sons of Southampton and it was officially opened by Queen Victoria in December 1882.
It took 9 years partially because of a Mason's Strike which caused a scandal when the builders brought in European builders to continue it's progress.
The courts within the building are generally open to the public although sometimes cases have restrictions.
There are over 1000 rooms and a 3 mile labyrinth of hallways.
The Great Hall is a staggeringly 82ft high, 238ft long and 48ft wide and can accommodate 600 for a dinner or 800 for a cocktail reception.