Known as the Old Dutch House, the building in the foreground was built as a family residence in the 1670s. It had many uses over the centuries, survived threats of demolition for road widening and was finally restored and given a steel interior frame to ensure its survival. After all that, incendiaries dropped by German aircraft during a bombing raid in the Second World War set it alight and it was demolished shortly afterwards. This photograph, taken in the 1890s, is a remarkable example of Victorian hand-colouring of a glass photographic plate.
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