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Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall

Photographer: Harrington, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: J/10350.h.10

Item number: 29

Length: 17.2

Width: 11.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

This huge banqueting hall is one of the few remaining parts of the original medieval palace of Westminster. It became used as the entrance hall to the House of Commons and today it is used for major ceremonial events.

"Of historic interest Westminster Hall has had its share in all ages. It is supposed to have been originally built about 1097. It was almost entirely rebuilt, and the roof (the beauty and constructive skill of which has been a great source of interest to architects and antiquarians) erected by Richard II., about 1398. From the year 1224 till the present time, the great Law Courts of England have been established here, while within its walls Cromwell was installed as Lord Protector, and a few years later, his head, with those of this associates, Ireton and Bradshaw, exposed on a pole to public ignominy. This noble apartment also witnessed the condemnation of Sir Thomas More - the trial of Stafford and of Charles I. - the aquittal of the Seven Bishops - and, in later days, the famous trial of Warren Hastings."

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

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