AFTER a huge fire ripped through Grenfell Tower killing dozens, attention turned to the firm which looks after it. Over a year on from the shocking blaze which shook Britain we take a look at the building's tragic history... When was Grenfell Tower built? Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. In 2017 it underwent a multi-million pound redevelopment. It emerged that the fire was intensified by low-cost cladding that had been added to the building as part of the recent renovation work. KCTMO saved £293,000 by downgrading the material used to clad the tower, according to leaked emails seen by The Times. Price outlines and minutes of meeting seen by the newspaper also appear to show that cost-cutting was a priority for the housing association. KCTMO sent an urgent email to project management consultants, Artelia UK, which read: “We need good costs for Cllr Feilding-Mellen and the planner tomorrow at 8.45am!” Rock Feilding-Mellen, … [Read more...] about What year was Grenfell Tower built, how many people lived there, who was it named after and when did the fire take place?
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DESPITE its name Leeds Castle is actually in Kent and has existed on its current site since the 12th century. As the BBC's 'Countryfile' programme celebrates the castle's 900 anniversary here's what you need to know about the ancient stronghold and when you can go and visit. When was Leeds Castle built? A wooden structure on the island where Leeds Castle now lies was made in around 857 by a Saxon chief called Led or Leeds A castle was raised in stone on an island by Norman baron in the reign of William the Conqueror's son, Henry 1, nearly 900 years ago Around 150 years later it came into the possession of King Edward the First and for the next three centuries it remained a royal home. Henry VIII transformed the castle from a fortified stronghold to a magnificent royal palace. See ruined British castles REBUILT before your eyes as stunning digital animation restores them to their ancient glory Down the years passed into the hands of three notable families, the St Legers, the … [Read more...] about When was Leeds Castle built and is it open to the public?
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has been elected to serve as a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gorsuch was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump and took his seat in April 2017. He previously served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and at the U.S. Department of Justice as principal deputy associate attorney general. Colonial Williamsburg is the world's largest living history museum. In a statement released by the foundation, Gorsuch said Colonial Williamsburg is a place where people can reconnect with our nation's founding principles "on the very ground where they were forged." Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is also a trustee of the foundation. … [Read more...] about Gorsuch named as trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
ONE of London's largest rail hubs, Paddington Station boasts a fascinating history that isn't solely based on the marmalade-eating bear. From ingenious engineer Isambard Brunel to its brush with World War Two, here are some key facts about the ever-changing terminus. When was Paddington Station built? Like Crossrail today, Paddington suffered a few false starts before it finally opened on June 4, 1838. Its first incarnation was as temporary terminal for Great Western Railway (GWR), which engineer Brunel intended to be the best railway in the country. The first GWR service from London to Taplow, near Maidenhead, ran from Paddington in that year. The main staton became the site of the goods depot once it was opened. Brunel was not satisfied with that though - he wanted a grand terminal dedicated to GWR, a plan that was approved in 1853. The first service from the new station departed on 16 January 1854, though the roof had not been finished at this point and there were no arrivals. … [Read more...] about When was Paddington Station built, who was designer Isambard Brunel and was it damaged during WW2?
DURING the 17th century Port Royal was home to the real pirates of the Caribbean. Here’s what you need to know about a place that was once known as the “wickedest city on earth”. Where is Port Royal? Port Royal is a small sleepy fishing village located at the mouth of Kingston Harbour, in the southeast of Jamaica, with a population of about 2000. It is situated on the end of an 18-mile long sand spit known as the Palisadoes, 15 miles from the centre of the capital Kingston. The peninsula is a continuous strip although at various times throughout its history, the tip on which Port Royal stands was completely surrounded by water. When was it a hub for piracy? Jamaica was captured from the Spanish by Britain in 1655 and soon after, it occupied the site of what became Port Royal. They began fortifying the site and due to its safe and protected location, and deep water close to shore, larger ships could easily glide in to be serviced, loaded and unloaded. Sailors and … [Read more...] about Where is Port Royal, when was it a hub for piracy and when did the Royal Navy take over?