Westminster Abbey gets a face lift

Future of the Chapter House set in stone as extensive conservation work rejuvenates site

It is not only the British government that has undergone something of a transformation of late. So too has the medieval home of the House of Commons – Westminster Abbey Chapter House. Completed in c.1255, the Chapter House was painstakingly reconstructed by the Victorians in 1866, making it one of London’s oldest buildings. Not only is the great tiled floor ‘the best medieval tiled floor in existence’ but, as Dr. Steven Brindle, an English Heritage historian confirms, ‘the wall paintings which date from the 14th century and 15th century are among the finest we have surviving in England’.

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