On 16 October 1834 a massive fire largely destroyed the Palace of
Westminster, the medieval royal palace used as the home of the British
parliament. The conflagration was caused by the burning of small wooden
tally sticks that had been used as part of the accounting procedures of
the Exchequer until 1826, which were being disposed of carelessly in the
two furnaces under the House of Lords. The blaze caused a chimney fire,
initially under the floor of the Lords' chamber, then up through the
walls before spreading rapidly throughout the complex. The fire lasted
for most of the night and developed into the biggest conflagration to
occur in London between the Great Fire of 1666 and the Blitz of the
Second World War; massive crowds were attracted to the spectacle. By the
following morning a large part of the palace had been destroyed,
although the actions of the London Fire Engine Establishment ensured
that Westminster Hall and a few other parts of the old Houses of
Parliament survived. In 1836 a design competition for a new palace was
won by Charles Barry who, in collaboration with Augustus Pugin,
incorporated the surviving buildings into the new complex.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_of_Parliament>
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