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This edifice was originally erected in 1411, but so damaged by the fire in 1666, as to make it necessary to rebuild it, which was completed in 1669. The front has a Gothic appearance. It is appropriated to the chief public offices of the corporation of London. The principal hall is 153 feet long, 48 broad, and 55 feet high. Here the large city feasts are held, public meetings assembled, and the lord mayor, and members of parliament for the city, elected. In this room are erected marble monuments in honour of Mr. Beckford, the Earl of Chatham, Lord Viscount Nelson, and the late Mr. Pitt. Besides the hall, the following offices are included in this building :—the chamberlain office; the court of king's bench, in which the lord mayor's court, and sessions of the peace for the city, are held; a court of common pleas; a court of exchequer; a court called the common Council chamber, for the lord mayor, aldermen, and common council.—The hall has undergone an extensive cleaning and alteration. The whole has been white-washed and repaired; the figures of Gog and Magog have been removed to the end of the hail, re-painted and regilt; and the doorway leading to the courts of law, and those of the aldermen and common council, now most judiciously faces the grand entrance. More improvement might be made with great advantage to the general building—but what has been done has much advanced to the appearance of this memorable city structure. The entertainment given in this ball to the Emperor Alexander, which cost the city of London many thousand pounds, was most magnificent.

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819

Other London Buildings:

St. James's Palace

Buckingham House Palace

Carlton House

Kensington Palace

Lambeth Palace

St. James's Park

The Green Park

Hyde Park

The Regent's Park

Westminster Hall

The House of Lords

House of Commons

Courts of Justice

Tower of London

The New Mint

The Monument

Mansion House

East India House

The Bank of England

The Royal Exchange

The Auction Mart

Trinity House

New Custom House

Excise Office

General Post Office

Temple Bar

The Adelphi

Somerset House

Charing Cross

Horse Guards

The Treasury

Admiralty Office


King's Mews

New Court House, or Westminster Guildhall

Northumberland House

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