Westminster Hall

      Westminster Hall, the walls of which were built at the end of the 11th century is the oldest extant building at the Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament.

       Richard II had the original roof replaced by the present magnificent hammerbeam roof in the late 1300's.

       The spiritual shade of Guy Fawkes, a ringleader in the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot designed to blow up Parliament, The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, has been seen here dressed in his hat and cape. This was the scene of his trial,

       Looking neither left nor right he is thought to disappear into one of the myriad passageways leading to his stock of secret explosives.

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Westminster Hall
Photograph © Anthony Bliss 2006