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The owners of historic Athlone House near Hampstead Heath are to take their bid to demolish the mansion to the High Court.

Sir Nigel Gresley with mallard at King's Cross

Thousands of people have called for a duck to be re-instated on a proposed statue of great railway engineer, Sir Nigel Gresley.

Lauderdale House staff and volunteers load the contents of the house into a van for storage during the Lauderdale Transformed building works which will close the house for staff and to the public until later in 2016. From left Julian Courtney, Peter Gallagher, Alex Hill, director Katherine Ives, Sophie Serrano and Stephen Hose. Picture: Polly Hancock

It was a bittersweet moment as the small team of staff and volunteers of Lauderdale House loaded up the moving van with furniture in the final days before the doors were locked for a year on Sunday.

Michael Hammerson with some of his US Civil war history research items. Picture: Polly Hancock

They fought thousands of miles away in a war that would ultimately define the future of the United States. But the final resting place for many veterans of the American Civil War was on the other side of the pond, in cemeteries across Britain.

Lauderdale House staff and volunteers launch a season of Pop Up Lauderdale events as Lauderdale House closes for refurbishment works. Picture: Polly Hancock

The grand doors of Highgate’s historic Lauderdale House are normally flung wide open, inviting the community in to view art, join a class or simply have a coffee.

Lauderdale House team including Catherine West MP ready for the restoration project

Seven years ago, the £2.3million renovation of an historic arts centre was just an ambitious dream.

Athlone House, taken in 2011. Picture: Michael Hammerson

The mysterious owners of a historic Highgate mansion have announced they will take their six-year battle to demolish the former hospital to the High Court.

Women swimmers dive into an icy bathing pond on Hampstead Heath in 1931. Picture: Associated Press/Movietone

An old video clip of female swimmers breaking inches-thick ice on the top of a Hampstead Heath bathing pond in 1931 has been uploaded to Youtube for the first time.

Queen Mary officially opens Henrietta Barnett School's junior branch in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Picture: Associated Press/Movietone

Historic video footage uploaded to Youtube for the first time shows the Queen’s grandmother opening a Hampstead Garden Suburb school in 1938.

Former Holborn and St Pancras MP Geoffrey Johnson-Smith at the opening of the Adventure Land playground in 1963. Picture: Associated Press/Movietone

A historic video clip of Camden children racing down slides and playing on swings at the opening of an adventure playground in 1963 has been released on Youtube for the first time.

Crowds ski and toboggan on Hampstead Heath in 1955. Picture: Associated Press/Movietone

Historic video footage offering viewers a glimpse into life in Hampstead and the Suburb in the 1930s, ’50s and ’60s has been released on Youtube for the first time.

Thomas Radice, a trustee of the Proms at St Jude’s Music & Literary Festival

The Proms at St Jude’s Music & Literary Festival will offer attendees more than just music and literature.

Steve McQueen's Porsche 917 driven at Le Mans.

The roar and growls of supercar engines will soon get pulses racing as St John’s Wood gears up for its annual supercar pageant – this year in association with the Ham&High and its sister title the Wood&Vale.

Staff, volunteers and board members are asking for your help to raise £125,000 to restore the galleries. Picture: Nigel Sutton

An ambitious online crowdfunding drive to ensure historic Lauderdale House is saved for future generations has been hailed a success following the end of the campaign.

Lauderdale House director Katherine Ives with donors who have put money into Lauderdale Transformed, from left Hanka Bednarova, Liz Morris, Katherine Ives, Christoph Schedl, Geoffrey Walker and Catherine Budgett Meakin. Picture: Polly Hancock

Time is running out for a historic house as it enters the final week of its innovative online crowdfunding campaign to secure its future for generations to come.

Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania William Penn

A historic house’s connections to a landmark fight for some of our most basic human rights has been uncovered in full for the first time.

Hero German Shepherd Schutzen with John Chandler's son Leslie, eight, and sister Christine, seven, who he saved from the fire. Picture: Alistair Macdonald

It is now a proud Highgate landmark, but beloved Lauderdale House would have burned to the ground long ago had it not been for the actions of one brave pooch.

The Tiger Mahatma, who lived in West Hampstead

Historians Marianne Colloms and Dick Weindling write about the holy man who lived in West Hampstead and surrounding himself with a cult of adoring women:

The ghost of Nell Gwynn saved Lauderdale House warden Peter Gallagher from a terrifying evil spirit on the rampage. Picture: Dieter Perry

The warden of Lauderdale House has told of a terrifying night 17 years ago when a rampaging ghost burst into his bedroom at the mansion.

Perico Rodriguez at Freedom from Torture (in the healing garden at the centre). Picture: Polly Hancock

Six days after a military coup saw the overthrow of the 1976 Argentinian government, police under the new dictatorship arrived at the home of Perico Rodriguez.

Staff, volunteers and board members are asking for your help to raise £125,000 to restore the galleries. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The tireless efforts of a small team of staff and volunteers have already raised an extraordinary £1.8million towards securing the future of historic Lauderdale House for generations to come.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

A curtain was drawn on an era when 111-year-old Harry Patch drew his last breath in 2009.

The revitalised East Court of Alexandra Palace as it could look in a few years.

On the eve of the decision on plans for the overhaul of the East Court of Alexandra Palace, we take a look at the grand vision that could soon become reality.

Reporter Beth Wyatt at the grave of her great-great uncle Sidney Stone, in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

As a former history student and the co-ordinator of my team’s First World War centenary coverage, I jumped at the chance to go on the tour.

Teacher Joshua Alford and pupils Raul Simmons-Perez, 16, and Nico Zavrou Blackstock, 16, from East Barnet School, Barnet, with their clay figures. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

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