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Novelist Beth Underdown on Rochdale Town Hall. Hitler reputedly admired it so much that he ordered that it be spared during WWII.

Novelist Beth Underdown on Rochdale Town Hall.

2/5 Beth describes how her family's personal history is tied up in the building and how Hitler reputedly admired it so much that he ordered it spared during WWII.

This week's Essays are celebrating British architecture. Each writer has a passionate connection with the building, revealing how our long past and complex present have led to a built environment unlike anywhere else on the planet.

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The Book that Changed Me

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