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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
The remarkable Holland House library and whats left of the hous
Location: Holland Park, Holland Walk, Kensington
Description: Holland House (formerly Cope Castle), was one of the first great houses built in Kensington. It's situated in Holland Park and was built in 1605 for the diplomat Sir Walter Cope.
The house was largely destroyed on 27th September 1940 by twenty-two incendiary bombs during a ten-hour raid. Today only the east wing is still standing.
Miraculously, almost all of the library remaining undamaged. Surviving volumes included the incredibly important sixteenth-century Boxer Codex. There's a picture below: it's one of the war's most amazing pictures, of gentleman picking books out of the library while war debris surrounds them.
Nearby are the beautiful Japanese gardens called Kyoto Gardens.