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This section gives the opportunity to browse through historical images of the mediaeval and later buildings which formed the old Palace of Westminster. The majority of these were destroyed in the fire of October 1834, with the notable exceptions of Westminster Hall, the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft and part of the Cloister Court. The New Palace of Westminster, built between the late 1830s and the early 1860s, is also well represented. These works of art range from competition drawings, to images of the building during construction. Subsequent changes and additions to the buildings of the Parliamentary Estate are also included. Over the centuries the House of Commons and House of Lords have each met in a number of different debating chambers. Images of these buildings are included within this section. This section also includes paintings and drawings of the Palace of Westminster during the Second World War.