Houses Of Parliament
Photographer: Coburn, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)
Medium: Photographic print
"Westminster stood twin with London from the thirteenth century, and in the huge agglomeration that we know, Westminster and the City still stand side by side with separate histories and certainly a very separate atmosphere and character. Nor is there any better example of the peculiar position of London in England and in Europe than the way in which a government was carried on for for five hundred years at the very gates of London and yet not within the City. True, the tendancy of royalty to avoid the heart of the capital was seen throughout Europe...But it is characteristic of the position of London and of the English monarchy that the courts did not sit nor were parliaments held within the walls of the City, but always in this ecclesiastical and royal suburb."
Text by Hilaire Belloc from the book 'London'