Talk: The Palace of Westminster

Presented by Mike Ogden

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Wed 29 March 2017

At the Winding Wheel

Starts 7.30pm.

One of the world’s most famous buildings, the Palace of Westminster stands magnificently between the River Thames and Westminster Abbey. Generally known these days as the Houses of Parliament it is formally a royal palace which retains its royal name.

Mike Ogden brings the remarkable story of the Palace vividly to life in this richly illustrated talk. Starting a thousand years ago in the time of Cnut and Edward the Confessor, the talk takes in:

  • the first parliaments in the 13th century,
  • the Gunpowder Plot,
  • the Civil War between Parliament and Crown,
  • the destruction of the old Palace in 1834,
  • the building of the new Palace  in stone quarried at North Anston and carried along the Chesterfield Canal on its way to London

The talk ends with a tour around the Palace and a taste of the unique blend of ceremony, tradition, eloquence, obstinacy and humour that pervades it.

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£7.30, (Concessions £5.70)

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