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Catalogue of the Valuable Building Materials and Interior Fittings of the Refreshment, Smoking and Committee Rooms and Kitchens of the House of Commons Lately Erected Old Palace Yard, Westminster ... Which Will be Sold By Auction

Auction Catalogue: Parliament / Palace of Westminster

London. (Hayes, Printer for) Eversfield & Horne. 1844, Aug 29th
A very rare catalogue for the sale of building material from Parliament 'to clear the SIte for the New Houses of Parliament'.

This sale post-dates Charles Barry's successful selection following the competition to design a new Palace of Westminster. Ordered by 'the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, Works and Building', the sale included material from the 'Committee Rooms & Kitchen', various 'Refreshment Rooms' and the 'Speaker's House'. Slates, lead, rafters, windows, flooring, doors, gutters, pipes, chimneys, hearths, a fireplace as well as the 'immense quantity of sound brickwork' mentioned on the title.

Highlights - at least from a modern perspective - include lot 7, 'the lead flat ... 90 ft long, by 9 ft wide' with its counterpart (lot 8), lot 12, 'One 4-panelled door, vein marble chimney and hearth, skirting round room, three 12-light sashes in passage, two 6-light ditto, two 4-panelled doors and skirting in passage', lot 35, from the 'Speaker's House', a 'Splendid gothic bow window front in three compartments with twelve 3-light sashes in ditto with six squares of stained glass in ditto' &c.

The full title, with detail of the contents is as follows: 'Catalogue of the Valuable Building Materials and Interior Fittings of the Refreshment, Smoking and Committee Rooms and Kitchens of the House of Commons Lately Erected Old Palace Yard, Westminster. Comprising Lead in Flats, Gutters and Pipes, Sisted Roofs, Sound Timber in Roofs, Joists, Girders, Floor Boards and Battens, Wainscot and other Sashes & Frames, Folding and other Doors, Stone Paving, Stoves & Ranges. Also An Immense Quantity of Sound Brickwork and numerous other Effects.'

We can trace no other examples of this catalogue nor reference to it.
Single uncut leaf folded to make 8 pages; pp. 6. 8vo. (227 x 142 mm). Printed title with sale details, details and descriptions of 46 lots on following leaves, final printed leaf with 'Conditions of Sale', two blank leaves.

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