TQ3079 : Palace of Westminster: Victoria Tower

taken 11 years ago, near to Westminster, Great Britain

Palace of Westminster: Victoria Tower
Palace of Westminster: Victoria Tower
The Victoria Tower was purpose-built for keeping records after the great fire of 1834 destroyed the Palace of Westminster and almost all the House of Commons records. The House of Lords records survived because they were then held in the Jewel Tower, which was remote from the main building, and can still be seen across the road from the Victoria Tower. Charles Barry's winning design for the new Palace featured a tower over the Royal entrance every storey of which included record rooms. When the wrought iron flagstaff was put into position in 1855 the Tower was proudly claimed to be the largest and highest square tower in the world, 323 feet high to the base of the flagstaff and a further 72 feet to the top of the Crown at its summit.

This photograph was taken at sunset.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 October, 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 28 October, 2006
Category
Government buildings   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 302 793 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.8593N 0:7.5439W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 301 793
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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