The House of Lords, London, England

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Type
tiff scanned file from original glass slide
Description
In the room here shown one of the great law-making bodies of the world meets. This is the House of English Peers. Here sit the lords, the barons, the dukes, the earls, and others of English nobility to help make the laws for the greatest empire of the world. The room is magnificent in its general style of building and in its ornaments. It is of that style of structure called Gothic. This is the pointed windows and fine panelings show. You are looking south. At the farther end of the House is a raised section set off by railings. Here are two thrones. The higher is for the King, the lower for the Prince of Wales. Directly this side of the thrones, in the center of the House, you see a sort of lounge. This is the seat of the Lord Chancellor who presides over the Lords. It is called the "woolsack of the Lord Chancellor." On either side are the benches of the lords, covered with leather. The walls and windows are marvels of art. Observe the three paintings above the thrones. The left one shows Edward III making his son, the Black Prince, a member of the Order of the Garter. The right one shows the son of Henry IV bowing to a judge who sentenced the prince to prison for striking him. The central figure shows the baptism of the Saxon King, Ethelbert. The House of Lords is 90 feet long, 45 feet wide, and 45 feet high. It is in the pile of buildings called the Houses of Parliament or the New Palace of Westminster. The Houses of Parliament was built in 1840. It cost over $15,000,000. One of its chief features is the clock in the tower. This is Big Ben, named after Sir Benjamin Hall. It weighs about 13 tons, and is one of the largest clocks in the world. Keystone ID: 11301 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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Copyright by the Keystone View Company. The original slides are housed in McConnell Library's Special Collections.