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  • Grim's Dyke

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    The main entranceGrim's Dyke (sometimes called Graeme's Dyke until late 1891) is the name of a house and estate in Harrow Weald, in northwest London, England. The house was built from 1870 to 1872 by Richard Norman Shaw for painter Frederick Goodall and named after the nearby prehistoric earthwork known as Grim's Ditch. The house is best known as the home of the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, of the opera partnership Gilbert and Sullivan, who lived and farmed there for the last two decades of his life. He died while attempting to save a girl from drowning in his lake. Lady Gilbert and the Gilberts' ward, Nancy McIntosh, lived there until her death in 1936. The statue of Charles II now found in Soho Square stood on the property from about 1880 to 1938. The house was then used as a rehabilitation centre until 1963. From 1963, the house was used mainly as a location for films and television, including Futtocks End and The Avengers. It was converted into Grim's Dyke Hotel in 1970 but continues to be used as a film location. The hotel retains 30 of the original 110 acres of land that Gilbert purchased with the house.

  • Homes for votes scandal

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    The Homes for votes scandal was a gerrymandering controversy in 1990 involving the Conservative-led Westminster City Council in London, UK. In marginal wards, the Council was starting to move the homeless elsewhere, and sell off council homes to groups who were more likely to vote Conservative. On investigation, the policy was ruled to be illegal, and it was revealed that some of the homeless had been rehoused in condemned accommodation. Ex-leader of the Council, Dame Shirley Porter, was found guilty of wilful misconduct and ordered to repay £36.1m. In view of her personal circumstances, a payment of £12.3 million was eventually accepted.

  • Council house

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    Semi-detached council house in Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire A mixture of Council and ex-Council housing (through Right to Buy scheme) in Hurlford, East Ayrshire, Scotland A council house is a form of British public housing built by local authorities. A council estate is a building complex containing a number of council houses and other amenities like schools and shops. Construction was mainly from 1919 after the Housing Act 1919 to the 1980s, with much less council housing built in recent decades. There were local design variations, but they all adhered to local authority building standards.

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