Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Produced by Commons Library, Lords Library and Parliamentary Office Science and Technology
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
Celebrating people who have made Parliament a positive, inclusive working environment
Four staff networks for people to discuss and consider issues.
Contact your MP or a Member of the House of Lords about an issue that matters to you
Find and register for Parliament's free events and training sessions
Take a tour of Parliament and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea by the River Thames
See some of the sights you’ll encounter on a tour of Parliament
Book a school visit, classroom workshop or teacher-training session
Access videos, worksheets, lesson plans and games
Frances Rickman was daughter of John Rickman (1771-1840), Clerk Assistant in the Commons 1820-1840. Frances had a sister Ann (born 1808), and a brother (plus another sister Martha who died in infancy in 1810). Her mother was Susannah Postlethwaite whom John had married in 1805.
At the time of the 1834 fire the family were living in a red brick house in New Palace Yard, on the site of the present members' entrance. Ann Rickman was visiting her uncle in Chichester, hence the letters sent to her.
Page 1 - Letter from Frances to her sister Ann describing the fire which has broken out at the Palace and is still burning. Manuscript, ink on paper.
Find out more about the Parliamentary Archives
View images from the Parliamentary Art Collection of the fire and its' aftermath.
Find out about the destruction of the Palace of Westminster by fire in 1834