1882 – Halton House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

SM 48 – May 15

Baron Lionel de Rothschild – of the famous international banking family, and owner of Gunnersbury Park, in London (see ‘Site of the Month’ #15 – Aug 12) – bought Halton estate, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1853.   He did nothing of any significance with it, however, and eventually gave it to his middle son, Alfred, a bachelor and confirmed city dweller.[i] Continue reading “1882 – Halton House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire”

1908-12 – Warren House, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

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1872-75 – The Aquarium, Brighton, Sussex

SM 35 – Apr 14

Right in the centre of Brighton’s seafront, in Sussex, is what is now known as the Sea Life Centre. It started life as ‘The Aquarium’, and was officially opened to the public by H.R.H. Prince Arthur in 1872, and has drawn more than fifty million visitors from both England and abroad throughout its long and varied history. Continue reading “1872-75 – The Aquarium, Brighton, Sussex”