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Whilst to­day, the gothic Houses of Par­lia­ment, with Big Ben, feel as if they have been part of Lon­don for an eter­nity, they are ac­tu­ally Vic­to­rian. The orig­i­nal me­dieval palace, which stood on the site, burned to the ground in 1834. Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of York, how­ever, have re­con­structed St Stephen’s Chapel. This was the cham­ber where some of the most im­por­tant con­sti­tu­tional mo­ments took place, such as the pass­ing of the Act of Union in 1707, and the mo­ment King Charles I stormed in de­mand­ing the ar­rest of five MPs, the cat­a­lyst for the English Civil War in 1642. This is a god­send for those with an­ces­tors who were early mem­bers of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Ac­cess it at https:// tinyurl.com/ydyt599t.

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