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Some Important Dates in the History of the Palace

1065 Edward the Confessor built the old Palace 1097-99 William II built the original Westminster Hall 1237 The word ‘parliament’ was first used officially to describe a meeting of the King’s Great Council of magnates 1265 Simon de Montfort summoned representatives of the counties and towns to a parliament before 1300 The Royal Courts of […]

The south end of Westminster Hall. The stained-glass window by Sir Ninian Comper is a memorial to the Members and servants of both Houses of Parliament who fell in the war of 1939-45

Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall is the oldest remaining part of the Palace, and its walls incorporate part of the walls of the original hall built by William II, Rufus, between 1097 and 1099. Despite its great size (240 feet long, 68 feet wide) William declared it to be ‘a mere bed-chamber compared with what he had intended’. […]

St Stephens Hall

St Stephen’s Hall was built by Sir Charles Barry on the site of St Stephen’s Chapel, which from 1550 until the fire of 1834 served as the Chamber of the House of Commons. Before 1550 the Commons had no meeting-place of their own and sat either in the Chapter House or the Refectory of Westminster […]

The House of Commons

The floor of the present Chamber of the House of Commons is exactly the same size as that of the Chamber which was destroyed in the air raid of 10 May 1941, that is to say, 68 feet long and 45 feet 6 inches wide. But above the gallery level it has been enlarged so […]

The House of Lords

When the Queen opens a session of Parliament, she arrives with Prince Philip in the Irish State Coach and alights at the foot of the Royal Stair­case beneath the great archway of the Victoria Tower. Ascending to the Norman Porch, she enters the Robing Room, where she assumes the Imperial State Crown and puts on […]

The Palace of Westminster

For nine centuries there has been a Royal Palace at Westminster, and the building which the Houses of Parliament occupy is still a Royal Palace, which is partly under the control of the Lord Great Chamberlain, a Great Officer of State whose ancestors have held this office since Robert Malet in 1100, as representative of […]

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