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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.

Bill  •  Link

Palace Yard (New), the open space before the north entrance to Westminster Hall, so called from being the great court of the new palace begun by William II., of which Westminster Hall was the chief feature completed. The Clock-tower, long the distinguishing feature of New Palace Yard, was originally built, temp. Edward I., out of the fine imposed on Ralph de Hingham, Chief Justice of England. There is a capital view of it by Hollar. The great bell of the tower (Westminster Tom) was given by William III. to the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's; and the metal of which it was made forms a part of the great bell of the Cathedral.
Before the Great Hall there is a large Court called the new Palace, where there is a strong tower of stone, containing a clock, which striketh on a great Bell every hour, to give notice to the Judges how the time passeth; when the wind is south-south-west, it may be heard unto any part of London, and commonly it presageth wet weather.—Howell's Londinopolis, fol. 1657, p. 378; and see Ned Ward, The London Spy, pt. 8.

---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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