Internal View of Westminster Hall 24-I
Engraver: Hawkins, G
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This huge banqueting hall is one of the few remaining parts of the medieval palace of Westminster. It was built in AD1097 as an addition to the palace of Edward the Confessor. It has the widest unsupported beam-roof in England. Formerly the home of the law courts, many important figures were tried here, including Guy Fawkes, Charles I and Warren Hastings. As this print shows, the hall was used for ceremonial occasions.