Then and now

by Nick

Westminster Hall on the first day of the legal year circa 1750, when the hall was still a courtroom:

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The same view yesterday, the day after Parliament rose for the Christmas break:

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First image is an engraving sold by the printsellers Robert Laurie and James Whittle of the Golden Buck at 53 Fleet Street in 1797, based on an earlier state dating back to c. 1750 or so. AN1082748001, © the Trustees of the British Museum.

Second image taken by me on my way through to the Commons gift shop to finish my Christmas shopping.