The Lower Chapel Ruins

The Lower Chapel Ruins. © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 5195

George Belton Moore's watercolour drawing shows the west end of the damaged lower chapel. Before the fire, the east end was in use as the Speaker's state dining room and was furnished with mahogany and black lacquer furniture with crimson hangings.

The fire raged above and all around the undercroft on the night of the disaster. Although the stonework was badly affected, the overall structure survived and was incorporated by Charles Barry into the new Palace as a chapel for Parliament.

This drawing indicates that it had become a store for salvaged stonework, though whether this is from the upper chapel or the undercroft itself is not known.

Image © Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 5195

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