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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A studio flat in Bloomsbury where comedian Kenneth Williams lived between 1956 and 1959, while he was working on radio comedy Hancock’s Half Hour, has come on the market.

The new face of George Orwell. Picture: Josh Stephens

The son of George Orwell has celebrated the return of his father to Hampstead after a plaque that was quite literally defaced was restored last week.

2 Ivor Street. Picture: Fortean Times

It is an attractive but unremarkable terraced house in a quiet Camden Town backstreet, with nothing much to distinguish it from the neighbours.

The east court as it could look in a few years.

Alexandra Palace has unveiled the latest designs for its multi-million pound regeneration project as it starts to welcome the public through its doors to hear their views.

A.J.N. Williamson before he died on September 14, 1914

Highgate School is to open a museum commemorating its part in the First World War – exactly 100 years after the death of a teacher believed to be the first educator killed in the conflict.

A public inquiry will be held to determine the future of Athlone House on Hampstead Heath. Picture: Michael Hammerson

A public inquiry will be held to decide the future of Athlone House as owners pursue their bid to demolish the historic mansion.

The Great Hall during the First World War.

An exhibition exploring Alexandra Palace’s little-known role in the First World War will open almost exactly 100 years to the day that the first Belgium refugees walked into the Great Hall.

Sydney Swingler in the 1940s

The families of a Second World War soldier from Kentish Town and the Italian peasants who risked their lives to save him have been united after 70 years.

The opening of the Fellowship and Sacrifice First World War exhibition at Burgh House. Pictured (from left) are Alan Bristow, John Ridler and Brian Bristow, whose relatives were members of the 138th battalion the Hampstead Heavies. Picture: Polly Hancock

As the First World War entered its second year, the strain on British Army reserves risked seeing the Front move to UK soil.

A crowd gather outside a bombed house.

How do you write a fresh, interesting history novel on a subject that has been covered from every angle possible?

Conscientious objectors attending a course in mechanised agriculture

In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, much of the debate and discussion has focused on whether Britain should have gone to war – and the millions of lives that were lost across Europe.

Captain Charlie May with his wife Maude and their baby daughter Pauline, taken while the soldier was on leave in July 1915

Captain Charlie May did not expect to die when he went over the top into No-Man’s Land on July 1, 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Oral historian Max Arthur uncovered rare stories of survivors' guilt in his interviews with First World War veterans. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Few living people, if indeed any, can claim to know the guilt and suffering of the First World War veterans as intimately as Crouch End oral historian Max Arthur.

An image of Siegfried Sassoon on the front cover of Ms Wilson's new book.

The war made keen cricketer and poet Siegfried Sassoon a “20th century icon of suffering and sacrifice”.

Arianna Shankardass finishes painting one of Highgate's restored phone boxes

A schoolgirl has put the finishing touches to one of Highgate’s crowning glories - its iconic red telephone boxes.

Doris photo and inscription

An amateur historian is appealing for help in tracing an escaped prisoner of war from Kentish Town – using a photo that was kept for 70 years by an Italian peasant.

Sir Peter Medwar's children, pictured (from left) 
Alexander Medawar, Louise Stevenson, Charles Medawar and Caroline Garland-Taylor, at the unveiling of a blue plaque to commemorate their father. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A Nobel Prize-winning immunologist who is widely considered to be the “father of organ transplantation” has been honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at his former Hampstead home.

The Isokon Building. Picture: Johnny Green/PA

Custodians of Hampstead’s iconic Isokon building welcomed residents and relatives of its creators to mark its 80th anniversary today.

Celebrated author Judith Kerr (right) at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Renowned children’s author Judith Kerr was the guest of honour at a special event hosted at the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC) on Sunday for several generations of Jewish refugees.

A blooming travesty? Alexandra Palace could be appended with a sponsor's name.

A prominent campaigner for Alexandra Palace has spoken out against moves to give commercial sponsors naming rights over the iconic venue.

Matthew Wright. Picture: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment.

Journalist and TV presenter Matthew Wright wants English Heritage to commemorate the Hampstead Garden Suburb home where Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor was born.

Park House in North Hill, Highgate, which housed the Highgate Penitentiary

Ten prostitutes, the youngest only 12 years old, have laid forgotten in an unmarked grave in Highgate West Cemetery for more than a century. Volunteer cemetery tourguides Rowan Lennon and Sam Perrin reveal the story of Highgate’s lost girls and, for the first time, name them.

Rolf Altschul Allan, who sailed on the luxury ocean liner St Louis on its ill-fated trip to Cuba 75 years ago. Pictures: Nigel Sutton

In May 1939 a luxury cruise liner set sail from Hamburg on a journey that, 75 years later, one passenger remembers as a holiday adventure that became a voyage of doom.

Senior members of the Friends of Highgate Cemetary cut the cakes. (LtoR) Ian Kelly, vice president, Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive, and chairman John Shepperdm. Picture: Mark Hakansson

Highgate Cemetery’s origins, past and hopes for the future are unearthed by Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive of the charitable trust that runs the famous burial ground

Senior members of the Friends of Highgate Cemetary cut the cakes. (LtoR) Ian Kelly, vice president, Dr Ian Dungavell, chief executive, and chairman John Shepperdm. Picture: Mark Hakansson

It is the final resting place of Karl Marx, George Eliot and Douglas Adams and their graves attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.

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