Houses of Parliament: building the Victoria Tower

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Victorian illustration to download showing the Victoria Tower, Houses of Parliament being built in 1850. A steam-powered windlass is connected to a hoist which lifts the blocks of stone. The hoist sits on a platform which can be raised as the tower goes up. The hoist, and two ‘travellers’, run on a circular rail, thus enabling the stone and building materials to be set precisely in place.