Palace of Whitehall Burns

BOOK LONDON HOTELS

History on 4th January


Peter Sutcliffe Admits hes Yorkshire Ripper

Battle of Reading

Donald Campbell killed trying to break own water speed record

Palace of Whitehall Burns

Westminster, London The 4th of January 1698 AD

The Palace of Westminster , of which today only the Banqueting Hall now remains, was once the home of Cardinal Wolsey ; then when his star fell it became Henry VIII s property. James I developed what had evolved into a complex he commissioned Inigo Jones to add the magnificent Banqueting Hall in which the grandest state receptions could be held. James was the last monarch to live in the place his son Charles , however, died in front of it - though William and Mary may have considered using the palace as the royal residence again: a fire in one part in 1691 would have made the prospect less attractive.
A greater fire struck seven years later, by which time of course Mary was long dead. It is thought a careless washer-woman left some drying clothes too close to a fire; when they caught light the blaze swept through the older parts: only the Banqueting Hall, the gatehouse and a few outlying buildings were left. With the loss of most of the complex the uses to which the palace could be put were limited, so Christopher Wren was given the task of converting the Banqueting Hall to a chapel, which he did in time for King William to attend a service there on Christmas Day.

More famous dates here

6754 views since 13th December 2010

Brit Quote:
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
More Quotes

On this day:
Agatha Christie vanishes - 1926, Who Release My Generation - 1965, First Text Message Sent - 1992
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages