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Anna Maria Hall (1800-1881)

Anna Maria Fielding was born in Dublin in 1800. She moved with her widowed mother to London in 1815 and married the journalist and art critic Samuel Carter Hall in 1824. Her mother lived with the couple until her death

Gerry Cottle (b. c.1940s)

Gerry Cottle was brought up in South London during the post-war years. The highlight of his year was the annual trip to see Bertram Mills circus at Olympia. It was this show which inspired him to devote his life to

Louis Blériot

In 1909 Frenchman Louis Blériot became the first person to fly the English Channel, six years after the Wright Brothers’ famous flight. Within months he had had requests to make over 100 aircraft, many of which saw active service during

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She became the Queen in 1558 and reigned for 44 years. She was the last of the Tudors, having entertained many marriage proposals but she never married or had

Woburn Farm & Philip Southcote – 1698 – 1758

Philip Southcote created the first Ferme Ornée (or ornamental farm) of its kind at Woburn Farm (then known as Wooburn Farm) in Addlestone. He and his wife, the Dowager Duchess of Cleveland, purchased the 116 acre farm in 1735, and