House of Commons damage

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Dave55, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I've been watching a good bit of Brexit coverage. Not going to discuss politics.

    I'm enjoying all the views in and around Westminster. Very impressive building. I knew that Parliament had been hit during the blitz but I didn't know until today that the commons chamber was completely destroyed and they had to meet elsewhere until 1950.

    I like the way the guy yells "Order" and then lowers his voice and changes inflection when he says it a second time. Is that a tradition or just something he does? Reminds me of how you steady a skiddish horse when saying "WHOA ..... whoooa." :)
  2. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    Bercow is unique and entertaining.

    Our speaker is boring.

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  3. Owen

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  4. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    The tented village where TV crews operate has electricity and communications boxes ( but no lavatories ) and is now known as College Green, but there were houses there prior to the Luftwaffe. If you walk towards Victoria behind Westminster School the streets are very quiet with a few old-fashioned shops. There is a very good book-binding establishment and a separate binding materials shop and a separate camera and photographic equipment shop within twenty minutes walk of the Palace of Westminster. You can also get a Full English Breakfast for £5 within five minutes walk of Downing Street ( not sampled ).Civil servants go to Strutton Ground to buy street food cooked in vast pans : chicken curry, etc., from market stalls (the street has just been re-cobbled.) They can also go to the Army & Navy Store ( only just surviving ) where Siegfried Sassoon bought a small Italian automatic pistol from two ladies in World War 1. ( No longer available.)

    The Palace of Westminster: Abingdon Street Gardens, Jewel Tower and Old Palace Yard

    " Abingdon Street Gardens, also known as College Green, was laid out in the 1960s when C18th houses along Abingdon Street were demolished after WWII. The land was once part of the Old Palace Yard of the Palace of Westminster. A strip of lawn bisected by a path, the Green contains Henry Moore's sculpture 'Knife Edge Two Piece' (1967). To the north is the C14th Jewel Tower with a fragment of moat and medieval quay, beyond which is another remnant of Old Palace Yard, laid out as a simple lawn with 2 mature plane trees and a memorial Portland stone statue of George V by Sir William Reid Dick, set on an imposing base designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1947). This area of garden abuts the rear of Westminster Abbey's octagonal C13th Chapter House. It is overlooked from the south by two fine C18th stone-fronted houses in Palace Yard."
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  5. CL1

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  6. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

  7. Pete Wood

    Pete Wood Member

    Part of the official report of May 10/11th 1941.EB is Explosive Bomb and IB is Incendiary Bomb houseofcommons.jpg
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  8. papiermache

    papiermache Well-Known Member

    And to the west, opposite the Houses of Parliament, the buildings coloured purple and orange demolished since the war to create an underground car park and a tented village in Abingdon Street, now known as College Green ( the TV cameras point north or to the top of pic. ) A different view of things showing area to south and east.

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