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From the Reformation to 1834

Commons Chamber17th 18th centuries

How did the Chapel of St Stephen's change over decades of use by the Commons? Discover how Sir Christopher Wren converted the medieval chapel into a classical building

Soane's improvements 1824-27

John Soane built the Royal Gallery of the old Palace of Westminster in 1823-4. Find out more about the history of this room

House of Lords 1801-34

What was the Court of Requests, and how did it become one of the homes of the House of Lords?

Wyatt's improvements to Palace 1799

The medieval Palace of Westminster was rapidly transformed from the 18th century onwards. Explore this fascinating phase of Palace development

Commons chamber 16th century

How did the configuration of St Stephen's Chapel influence our present two-party system of government versus opposition? Find out more about the first permanent home of the House of Commons

Destruction By Fire, 1834

Learn how the medieval Palace of Westminster was continuously threatened by fire over the centuries and how it was eventually devastated by the Great Fire of 1834


Key dates: From the Tudors to the Great Fire of 1834

Important dates in the history of the Palace of Westminster, from the Tudors to its destruction in the Great Fire of 1834

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