Mr Barrys War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the Great Fire of 1834

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

byCaroline Shenton

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When the brilliant classical architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new, Gothic, Houses of Parliament in London he thought it was the chance of a lifetime. It swiftly turned into the most nightmarish building programme of the century. From the beginning, its design,construction and decoration were a battlefield. The practical and political forces ranged against him were immense. The new Palace of Westminster had to be built on acres of unstable quicksand, while the Lords and Commons carried on their work as usual. Its river frontage, a quarter of a mile long, needed to be constructed in the treacherous currents of the Thames. Its towers were so gigantic they required featsof civil engineering and building technology never used before. And the interior demanded spectacular new Gothic features not seen since the middle ages. Rallying the genius of his collaborator Pugin; flanking the mad schemes of a host of crackpot inventors, ignorant busybodies and hostile politicians; attacking strikes, sewage and cholera; charging forward three times over budget and massively behind schedule, it took twenty-five years for Barry toachieve victory with his "Great Work" in the face of overwhelming odds, and at great personal cost. Mr Barry's War takes up where its prize-winning prequel The Day Parliament Burned Down left off, telling the story of how the greatest building programme in Britain for centuries produced the world's most famous secular cathedral to democracy.

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When the brilliant classical architect Charles Barry won the competition to build a new, Gothic, Houses of Parliament in London he thought it was the chance of a lifetime. It swiftly turned into the most nightmarish building programme of the century. From the beginning, its design,construction and decoration were a battlefield. The pra...

Caroline Shenton is an archivist, historian, and author. Her first book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, was published to rave reviews in 2012, and won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013. It was also shortlisted for a number of other prizes, including the Longman-History Today Prize, and was a Book of the Year for t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrologueFIRE (1834-1837)1. A New Tooth2. A Clump of Thistles3. A Beautiful and Appropriate DesignWATER (1837-1843)4. A Clear Understanding5. A Bondage Worse than the Egyptians6. A Very Heavy ExpenceAIR (1844-1852)7. A Regular Fix8. A Very Difficult Work9. A Metropolitan AsylumEARTH (1852-1860)10. A Monstrous Failure11. A More Cunning and Intriguing Man12. The Great WorkEpilogueSelect BibliographyIndex