Illustration of the old Palace of Westminster, a complex of buildings largely destroyed by fire in 1834. Westminster Hall and behind it the towers of Westminster Abbey are visible in the background and Westminster Bridge has yet to be built.

The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Commonly known as the Houses of Parliament after its tenants, the Palace lies on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster, in central London. Its name, which derives from the neighbouring Westminster Abbey, may refer to either of two structures: the Old Palace, a medieval building complex that was destroyed by fire in 1834, and its replacement New Palace that stands today. For ceremonial purposes, the palace retains its original style and status as a royal residence.


Charles Dickens and the Palace of Westminster.

Charles Dickens was still a teenager when he started work as a reporter on The Mirror of Parliament, but over the course of five years he covered some of the most turbulent events in Westminster’s history.





Further Reading.

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