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Past Lives

Jon Bauckham ignites the story behind the capital’s biggest blaze since the Great Fire of London

GATHERING AROUND THE FIRE AT PARLIAMENT

HISTORY THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR ANCESTORS

For anyone visiting Georgian London, the Palace of Westminster would have been a sight to behold. The home to Parliament for over five centuries was a sprawling, gothic complex, which had been constantly expanded and bore the handiwork of some of the nation’s finest architects. But inside, the Palace was cramped and hazardous, with its snaking medieval corridors being a source of consternation for MPs. As the chance of relocating was off the cards, Westminster officials hoped that a spot of spring-cleaning would do some good.

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