The Day Parliament Burned Down

The Day Parliament Burned Down

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This is the thrilling but largely unknown story of the day that the 800 year-old Houses of Parliament burnt down. Today it is a largely forgotten event, but in 1834 it was as shocking and significant to contemporaries as the death of Princess Diana was to us at the end of the 20th century. Out of the fire rose not just the new Houses of Parliament, but masterpieces by Turner and Dickens, the first Public Record Office and a new Metropolitan Fire Brigade. It is a fascinating tale, never previously told in a full-length book. Written by the head of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster, it will appeal to any readers interested in the Georgian and Victorian periods, the history of London, and the story of Parliament.In 1831, Turner had exhibited his new painting, Lure-boat and Manby apparatus going 017r to a Stranded Vessel making ... and beams; the tramp of marching soldiers; the rush of water through the hoses; the drumming of the Foot Guards beating to arms; ... 63 while Braidwood whistled instructions to his firefighters using coded signals on a high-pitched bosuna#39;s pipe. ... He was said originally to have been a weavera#39;s dog from Spitalfields, and first became acquainted with firemen at aanbsp;...

Title:The Day Parliament Burned Down
Author:Caroline Shenton
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2012-08-09


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