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The Great Fire of Westminster 1834 Christopher Rogers Wednesday 12 December 2018

A tale of Victorian Duplicity

On October 16th 1834 the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire.  This lecture looks at the story of its rebuilding, the work of Augustus Pugin and Charles Barry. Both architects were well established at the time and it was their co-operation that led to the creation of the current iconic Houses of Parliament. It is a story full of dissembling, of penny-pinching and mistrust.  At a time when the Palace of Westminster is about to be restored and developed, we can learn much from story of the first rebuilding. 


Christopher Rogers read Geography at Oxford. Formerly Head of Geography at Downe House School Newbury he became interested in country house architecture whilst at Oxford and has lectured for the National Trust.