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Stopping the rot: subsidence and structural damage at Westminster Hall

Stopping the rot: subsidence and structural damage at Westminster Hall

Nash, George

London Archaeologist, Volume 11-11 (2007)

Abstract

Westminster Hall is a Grade I Listed building with UNESCO World Heritage site status. Much of the fabric of the building has been subjected to major sympathetic and unsympathetic refurbishment. The last campaign, undertaken by Sir Frank Baines between 1914 and 1923, included the restoration of the famous oak hammer-beam roof. However, the construction and the history of the floor are relatively unknown. In the recent past, several areas of the York Stone flag floor have been susceptible to subsidence. This problem may have, in the future, serious structural implications, in particular for the area between the Hall and St Stephen’s Chapel, including the South and West Steps.

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