11th century to the 14th century
King Canute began building a royal residence on Thorney Island where the Palace of Westminster now stands
Edward the Confessor built a royal palace on the site so that he could oversee the construction of Westminster Abbey
William Rufus, the son of William the Conqueror, built the original Westminster Hall.
The Exchequer (the government finance department) moved to Westminster from Winchester.
Henry III re-designed the Queen's Chapel, the Queen's Chamber and the King's Chamber (known as the Painted Chamber from the 14th century onwards)
The Prince's Chamber was completed
Henry III began re-constructing Westminster Abbey
First mention of Parliament being opened in the Painted Chamber
Decorations in the Painted Chamber destroyed by fire, and had to be re-worked
New Exchequer buildings constructed around the north end of Westminster Hall. The Court of Common Pleas came to be located within the Palace.
Edward I began constructing St Stephen's Chapel and the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft
Work on St Stephen's Chapel continued under Edward II, until he ran out of money.
Edward III restarted work again on St Stephen's Chapel.
Edward III finished the building of St Stephen's Chapel and established St Stephen's Chapel as a college of secular canons.
Painting and decoration of St Stephen's Chapel completed
Edward III built the Jewel Tower
Edward III constructed a clock tower in New Palace Yard
Richard II built a new cloister for St Stephen's College.
Richard II rebuilt Westminster Hall in its present form.
Last updated April 2017