London News: English Parliament Buildings Burn

16th October 1834

On this day, 16th October 1834, Allan Cunningham was living at Strand on the Green ((Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham p268)) when the Palace of Westminster, several miles away, burned.

The blaze, which started in two overheated chimney flues, spread rapidly throughout the medieval complex and developed into the biggest conflagration to occur in London since the Great Fire of 1666, attracting massive crowds. ((Wikipedia – Burning of the Parliament Building in London))

Parliament Burns 1834
The Palace of Westminster on Fire, 1834
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Source: Wikipedia