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House Of Commons

House Of Commons

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 36

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The House of Commons is somewhat similar to that of the Lords, except that there are here no cross-seats, and the table on which the mace rests during the sitting of the House occupies the place of the woolsack. The dimensions are as follows: - length, 75 feet; width, 45 feet; height, 41 feet. The chair of the Speaker, which bears the arms of England, is at the northern end, opposite the Bar. The ministerial seats are on the front bench, to the right of the Speaker, the leaders of the opposition occupying the front bench oppostite. A special seat, placed at the Bar end, looking towards the Speaker, is the official post of the Sergeant-at-Arms, and is always occupied by him, or his deputy, during the Sittings."

Descriptive letterpress by John Harrington of Brighton from the book 'The Abbey and Palace of Westminster'

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