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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

22nd February 2002 The Millenium Bridge was re-opened after a 5m de-wobbling redesign.

22nd February 1953 Comedy actor Nigel Planer, Young Ones, was born in Westminster, London.

22nd February 1940 Born today: Julian Chagrin, London, mime/actor (Golddiggers)

22nd February 1928 Born today: Bruce Forsyth, London England, comedian/TV host (Generation Game)

22nd February 1907 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

22nd February 1892 Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)

22nd February 1868 Celebrated magician David Devant born David Wighton in Holloway, London.

22nd February 1684 Born today: William Pulteney, London, statesman (Earl of Bath)

Victoria Tower



Victoria Tower

This is where some of the world's most famous documents are kept

Location: Westminster

Description: This is the square tower at the southern end of the Palace of Westminster, facing south and west onto Black Rod's Garden and the Old Palace Yard. It celebrates it's 150th birthday in 2011.

Inside are the Parliamentary Archives across 12 floors. All 14 floors of the building were originally linked via a single wrought-iron Victorian staircase of 553 steps, of which now only five floors survive.

On the top of the tower is a flag pole from which the Union Flag is flown when Parliament is in session (unless the Sovereign is present in the Palace, when it is replaced by the Royal Standard).

The Victoria Tower was designed to hold papers related to Parliament which go back to 1497 and the reign of King Henry VII. All documents inside are original and, as well as holding every Act of Parliament to be passed in Britain, there are all sorts of objects and papers which chart every twist and turn of British history over 500 years.

Due to its unique contents very few people have ever been given access to the tower, although it has been described as one of the most historically important places in the world.

Inside are Charles I's death warrant signed by Oliver Cromwell, a journal by Guy Fawkes found with his gunpowder, and the America influencing 1765 Stamp Act on stitched together animal skins.


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Victoria Tower

This is where some of the world's most famous documents are kept


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