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the Palace of Westminster, which housed the British Parliament, was largely destroyed by a fire on 16 October 1834. The fire was caused by the careless disposal of wooden tally sticks used in the Exchequer’s accounting procedures until 1826. These sticks were burned in the furnaces under the House of Lords, leading to a chimney fire that quickly spread throughout the complex. This event became the largest conflagration in London since the Great Fire of 1666 and before the Blitz of the Second World War. The fire attracted large crowds and was recorded by several artists12Fortunately, due to the efforts of Superintendent James Braidwood of the London Fire Engine Establishment, parts of the old Houses of Parliament, including Westminster Hall, were saved1.

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