Tracing the history of Parliament Square and Whitehall, to see how the area developed as the centre of British Government.
The roots of this story begin with Thorney Island, through Edward the Confessor’s Abbey Church and the first Palace of Westminster, to the later Palace of Whitehall, its subsequent destruction by fire and the area’s development as the premier address for the nobility. Many of the aristocratic residences of this period survive, subsumed by the Government departments and interspersed today between the monumental Victorian and Edwardian civic offices of state. This walk will demonstrate how the mediaeval land uses shape the urban landscape we know today, and how glimpses of the past are evident, if you know where to look!
Walk lead: Billy Reading: Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas, Historic England.
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