Caroline Shenton

Caroline Shenton is a former director of the Parliamentary Archives and the author of Mr Barry’s War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the Great Fire of 1834.

Fixing Westminster

Caroline Shenton, 16 November 2017

In​ 1850 the government announced yet another delay to the construction of the new Houses of Parliament. ‘I am in a towering rage,’ Charles Barry, the architect of the new building, wrote to Augustus Pugin, who was responsible for the interior design,

and in the right humour for throwing up my appointment, which I expect I shall be driven to do before long. All the arrangements,...

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