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This watercolour by an unknown artist shows the devastation left by the fire of 16 October 1834 which swept through the Palace of Westminster, destroying many of its buildings. Westminster Hall, the Jewel Tower, the Undercroft Chapel, the Cloisters and the Chapterhouse House of St Stephen’s Chapel and Westminster Hall were the only buildings to survive. It ranks as one of the largest fires in London together with the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz in 1940. It was started by workmen burning wooden tally sticks in on-site furnaces which got out of control.
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