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Shakespeare Hut: the London refuge from the horrors of first world war

Ceremony being held to mark centenary of building in Bloomsbury which welcomed soldiers from New Zealand

On 11 August 1916, the most high-minded and probably the largest hut in England, a refuge for soldiers on their way to or from the horrors of the western front, was declared open by Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

The grandly named Shakespeare Hut, christened in honour of the tercentenary of the death of William Shakespeare, was built on an empty site in Bloomsbury, now occupied by the world famous London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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