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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)
16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)
16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)
This was once called The Naked Beauty, a striking house.
Location: Hurst House, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9HF
Description: Hurst House was once described by the architectural historian Nikolas Pevsner as 'the best house of Woodford'. It on the old A11 close to the Winston Churchill statue on the green.
It was formerly called 'The Naked Beauty' on land once known as 'The Naked Beauty Estate' but changed its name when the building was used as a school in the 19th Century.
Built in 1714, this striking landmark building, which opens occassionaly for tours, is one of the few survivors of the many villas and mansions built along Woodford Row in the 18th Century.
The house was repaired after a fire in 1936 but retains many of its original features.