Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Westminster Hall

Westminster Hall -  photograph

WESTMINSTER HALL

Although now nothing more than a vestibule to the Houses of Parliament, there are few buildings in London with such interesting historical associations as Westminster Hall. This view of it is taken from the New Palace Yard end, looking towards St. Stephens Porch. It formed part of the Palace founded before the Norman Conquest, and used as a royal residence until the time of Henry VIII. William Rufus began the Hall, which is a building of unusual size and beauty. here Charles I., William Wallace, Sir Thomas More, Guy Fawkes, and many another, were condemned to death, and the Seven Bishops and Warren Hastings were acquitted The entrances to the old Law Courts (now demolished) through the wall on the right of our view have been blocked up; the statues on the left are those of various British monarchs.