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Palace of Westminster

  • Also Known As: House of Commons and the House of Lords

  • Type: Capital Building
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament on London's River Thames is the capital building of England and the United Kingdom. It is the location of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Big Ben. - AsNotedIn

Fragments of the Painted Chamber, Old Palace of Westminster Architectural Remnant
Gates, Railings, Gate Piers To New Palace Yard, Houses Of Parliament
House of Commons
House of Lords
Medieval Palace of Westminster Historic District
St Stephen's Hall and Cloister Cloister
Statue Of Oliver Cromwell In Front Of Westminster Hall
Undercroft Chapel of St Mary Chapel
Victoria Tower Lodge and Gates To Black Rod Garden
Westminster Hall


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1097/00/00 Westminster Hall is erected for King William II. It is now the oldest existing part of the Palace of Westminster.
1834/10/16 A huge fireball erupts out of the Palace illuminating up the evening sky over London. Immediately attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Most are awestruck and terrified by the spectacle, some are injured in the crush, and many are pickpocketed. Palace of Westminster Fire, 1834
1835/02/00 By February, temporary chambers and committee rooms are available for occupation and a government competition commences to design a new Houses of Parliament on the ruined site. Palace of Westminster Fire, 1834
1836/02/00 Charles Barry Architect Charles Hanbury-Tracy's Royal Commission awards Charles Barry the contract to design a Gothic-style palace. Barry receives a prize of 1500 pounds.
1856/09/16 Truman O Angell Visitor Truman Angell and Brother Kelsey tour the new Houses of Parliament. Truman found the building so burdened with ornaments it became sickening. Truman O Angell's Tour of British Isles
1858/00/00 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Manufacturer Big Ben is cast for the Palace of Westminster, this is the largest bell ever cast at Whitechapel, weighing 13.5 tons. To this day, a cross-section of the bell surrounds the entrance door to the foundry.


Turret From Houses Of Parliament
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Particulars for Palace of Westminster:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Building Use Capital Building
Architectural Style English Gothic Revival
Architectural Style Gothic Revival
Category for Historic Use Government
Historic Use Government Office
Area of Significance Law, Legal System
Occupation Member of UK Parliament
Area of Significance Politics-government
mechanism Timepiece, clock
Structure Type Tower

Creative Works »

London, View of the Thames in the Evening Painting Oskar Kokoschka "London, View of the Thames in the Evening" is from the 8th floor of the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London. The View of the Thames stretches from Waterloo Bridge to Big Ben at The Palace of Westminster.
The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834 Painting J M W Turner View of the Old Palace of Westminster from the south bank of the River Thames, south of the Westminster Bridge
Time Is (poem) Poem Henry van Dyke

Time Is (poem)


Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.


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