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Engraving of Titus Oates being pilloried.
View of the Palace of Westminster and Elizabeth Tower with New Palace Yard in the foreground, from Parliament Square.
Anti-war protesters in Parliament Square during 2003, with New Palace Yard in the foreground, from the roof of the Palace of Westminster.

New Palace Yard is to the northwest of the Houses of Parliament (aka the Palace of Westminster), in Westminster, London, England. It is to the east of Parliament Square, to the west of Big Ben, and to the north of Westminster Hall. An entrance from Parliament Square provides vehicular access to a five-level underground car park with spaces for 450 cars for the Houses of Parliament which was constructed between 1972 and 1974.[1] It is a secure area, not accessible to the public.

New Palace Yard was where criminals were exposed in the pillory. For example, Titus Oates was pilloried here during the reign of King James II for the Popish Plot.

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Coordinates: 51°30′02″N 0°07′31″W / 51.5005°N 0.1254°W / 51.5005; -0.1254

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Phil  •  Link

New Palace Yard was immediately to the north of Westminster Hall:

Old Palace Yard was to the south of the Hall. Latham & Matthews assume that when Pepys was ambiguous and referred to merely "Palace Yard" or "Palace," he's referring to New Palace Yard.

ed  •  Link

new palace yard had the world's first traffic lights

Vincent Bell  •  Link

However the world's first automatic traffic lights could be seen in Princes Square, Wolverhampton in 1927.

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