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The Victoria Tower

The Victoria Tower

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 40

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Exterior of Victoria Tower, Westminster, the second tower of the Houses of Parliament, housing parliament's archives.

"The Victoria Tower is the largest and highest square tower in the world, being 75 feet square, and 336 feet high to the top of the pinnacles, and over 400 feet to the top of flagstaff. Immediately above the Royal Entrance is a row of rich niches, the centre one higher than the rest, and containing a statue of the Queen, while the others are occupied by her parents - the late Duke and Duchess of Kent - and other members of the royal Family. Above these are deeply recessed and lofty windows, and over them a delicately beautiful tier of arcade work divides them from a second row of windows above. the Tower is completed by a pierced parapet of appropriate design. This View is taken from the College Gardens."

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

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