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The Painted Chamber was part of the original Palace of Westminster. It was destroyed by fire in 1834.

Because it was originally a royal residence, the Palace did not include any purpose-built chambers for the two Houses of Parliament. Important state ceremonies, including the State Opening of Parliament, were held in the Painted Chamber. The House of Lords usually met in the White Chamber. The House of Commons, however, did not have a chamber of its own; it sometimes held its debates in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey until a permanent home in the former St. Stephen's chapel became available in the 16th Century.

At the trial of Charles I, the evidence of the witnesses summoned was heard in the Painted Chamber rather than Westminster Hall.[1]


  1. ^ Paul Binski, The Painted Chamber at Westminster. London: Society of Antiquaries, 1986. (Occasional Paper, n.s. 9.)

Coordinates: 51°29′56″N 0°07′30″W / 51.4990°N 0.1251°W / 51.4990; -0.1251

1893 text

The Painted Chamber, or St. Edward’s Chamber, in the old Palace at Westminster. The first name was given to it from the curious paintings on the walls, and the second from the tradition that Edward the Confessor died in it.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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