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Kenneth Williams' flat in a 1930s block in Bloomsbury is on the market through Frank Harris

Camden flat where Carry On star Kenneth Williams lived in the 1950s on the market

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.

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The new face of George Orwell. Picture: Josh Stephens

George Orwell’s head returns to Hampstead after mysterious disappearance

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.

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2 Ivor Street. Picture: Fortean Times

Book tells gruesome story of double murder of mum and baby in Camden Town

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

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

Alexandra Palace unveils new images of restoration plans in time for public exhibition

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.

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

Highgate School to open museum commemorating life of first teacher to die in First World War

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.

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

Public inquiry will be held to decide future of historic Athlone House

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

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The Great Hall during the First World War.

Exhibition to reveal Alexandra Palace’s little-known role in 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.

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Sydney Swingler in the 1940s

Kentish Town family united with Italians who rescued prisoner-of-war father in WW2

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.

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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

First World War: Brave Hampstead Heavies sacrificed their lives to defend home front

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

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A crowd gather outside a bombed house.

First World War centenary: New book looks at impact on Londoner’s lives

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

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Conscientious objectors attending a course in mechanised agriculture

First World War centenary: Spotlight on 1,000s of conscientious objectors who wouldn’t fight

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.

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

First World War centenary: Captain’s secret diaries reveal ‘mud, blood and nice lunches in Amiens’

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.

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

First World War centenary: North London historian uncovered stories of survivors’ guilt in rare interviews

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.

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

First World War centenary: Poet Siegfried Sassoon is an ‘icon of suffering and sacrifice’

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

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

Schoolgirl puts finishing lick of paint to iconic Highgate Village telephone box

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

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Doris photo and inscription

Italian peasant who harboured escaped prisoner of war from Kentish Town hoping for reunion

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.

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Education See all

Schoolchildren from St Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Primary School mark World Porridge Day with associate headteacher Greg Donohue and Mim McCulloch from charity Magic Breakfast. Picture: Polly Hancock

World Porridge Day goes down a treat at West Hampstead primary school

Children at a West Hampstead primary school have celebrated World Porridge Day by tucking into big bowls of one of Britain’s best-loved breakfast dishes.

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High Speed 2 See all

Andrew Marr will be speaking about his new novel. Picture: Doug Peters

Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

An evening with broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr, a tour giving a history of London Zoo’s architecture and the Belsize Festival are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

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Obituaries See all

Lynda Bellingham at the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival in 2010. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Former Crouch End and Muswell Hill resident Lynda Bellingham dies after losing cancer fight

Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who was battling cancer, died yesterday in her husband’s arms, her agent has confirmed.

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