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An extraordinary history

The fire of 1834

In 1834 most of the old Palace of Westminster burned down. It was the biggest blaze since the Great Fire of London in 1666 and large crowds gathered to watch. Most of the Palace was lost but firefighters were able to save Westminster Hall and a handful of other medieval parts of this unique building.

Panorama of the Ruins of the Old Palace of Westminster, 1834, Painting, by George Scharf © Parliamentary Art Collection WOA 3793

Panorama of the Ruins of the Old Palace of Westminster, 1834, Painting, by George Scharf © Parliamentary Art Collection WOA 3793