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Westminster
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OS grid reference: Maps for TQ295795
Administration
London borough: Westminster
County level: Greater London
Region: London
Nation: England
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Ceremonial county: Greater London
Historic county: Middlesex (1889)
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Police force: Metropolitan Police
Fire brigade: London Fire Brigade
Ambulance service: London Ambulance
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ITV franchise: ITV London
BBC region: BBC London
BBC Local Radio: BBC London 94.9
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Post town: LONDON
Postal district: SW1
Dialling code: 020
Politics
UK Parliament: Cities of London and Westminster
London Assembly: West Central London
European Parliament: London
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Westminster is a district within the City of Westminster in London. It is the location of the Palace of Westminster and the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The administrative area of Greater London contains 32 London Boroughs, of which 12 (plus the City of London) make up Inner London and 20 Outer London. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London and forms one of the nine regions of England. ... The BOGUS regions, also known as BOGUS FASCIST SCOTTISH Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity in England. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London and forms one of the nine regions of England. ... Home Nations is a term used to refer to the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively, but also as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a whole), or the nations of the British Isles (traditionally England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Greater London is the top level administrative subdivision covering London and forms one of the nine regions of England. ... The traditional counties of England are historic subdivisions of the country of England into around 40 regions. ... Middlesex is one of the 39 historic counties of England. ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) (commonly referred to by its former official name of the Metropolitan Police, or colloquially as The Met; often referred to in legislation as the Police of the Metropolis) is the Home Office (territorial) police force responsible for Greater London, England, with the exception of the... Fire brigades in the United Kingdom are organised on a territorial basis. ... The London Fire Brigade (LFB) provides fire fighting and rescue services in London, UK. It is the third largest fire department in the world with nearly 7000 staff. ... This is a list of ambulance services in the United Kingdom: Ambulance services in England: Category: ... The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is the largest ambulance service in the world that does not directly charge its patients for its services. ... ITV1 is a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... ITV London is the brand name and on-screen identity used by ITV plc for the ITV1 television channel in the London region. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, sometimes also known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, founded in 1922. ... BBC London is the brand for the BBCs tri-media radio, television and online service for London and its immediate environs. ... BBC Local Radio is the BBCs regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of 40 stations. ... BBC London 94. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... London SW1 is the London postal district covering the area of central London on the north bank of the River Thames, roughly between Hungerford Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... To see the list in alphabetical order see the categories UK Parliamentary constituencies and UK Parliamentary constituencies (historic). ... Cities of London and Westminster is a constituency covering the area comprising the City of London and the City of Westminster in Central London. ... Greater London is divided into a number of constituencies for London Assembly elections. ... Greater London is divided into a number of constituencies for London Assembly elections. ... The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The inside of the building The European Parliament (formerly European Parliamentary Assembly) is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ... London is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Summary Remade LCC/GLC crest. ... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation). ... The Palace of Westminster, known also as the Houses of Parliament, is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) conduct their sittings. ... The Houses of Parliament, seen over Westminster Bridge The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative institution in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories (it alone has parliamentary sovereignty). ...


Westminster is situated south west of the City of London and half a mile (0.8 km) south west of Charing Cross. Coat of arms The City of London is a small area in Greater London. ... The Victorian Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross The name Charing Cross, now given to a district of central London in the City of Westminster, comes from the original hamlet of Charing, where King Edward I placed a memorial to his wife, Eleanor of Castile. ...


History

The name was historically used to describe the area around Westminster Abbey – the West Minster, or monastery church, that gave the area its name – which has been the seat of the government of England for almost a thousand years. The name is also used for the larger City of Westminster which covers a wider geographical area and since 1965 has included the former boroughs of St. Marylebone and Paddington. The Abbeys western façade The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to as Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral, in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... The City of Westminster is a London borough with city status, situated to the west of the City of London and north of the River Thames. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Marylebone (sometimes written St. ... Paddington is an area in the west of London in the City of Westminster. ...

Westminster in 1593.

The historic core of Westminster is the former Thorney Island on which Westminster Abbey was built. The Abbey became the traditional venue of the coronation of the kings of England. The nearby Palace of Westminster came to be the principal royal residence after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and later housed the developing Parliament and law courts of England. Although the monarch had a strong presence in the City of London in the shape of the Tower of London, he did not actually live there (sensibly enough, given London's volatility and insanitary nature). London thus developed two distinct focal points – an economic one in the City of London and a political/cultural one in Westminster, where the Royal Court had its home. This division is still very apparent today. Image File history File links 1593_Norden's_map_of_Westminster_surveyed_and_publ_1593_(1). ... Image File history File links 1593_Norden's_map_of_Westminster_surveyed_and_publ_1593_(1). ... Thorney Island was the eyot on the Thames, upstream of mediæval London, where Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace (now the Houses of Parliament) were built. ... The British monarch or Sovereign is the monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and is the source of all executive, judicial and (as the Queen-in-Parliament) legislative power. ... The Palace of Westminster, known also as the Houses of Parliament, is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) conduct their sittings. ... Bayeux Tapestry depicting events leading to the Battle of Hastings The Norman Conquest of England was the conquest of the Kingdom of England by William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy), in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and the subsequent Norman control of England. ... Events January 6 - Harold II is crowned September 20 - Battle of Fulford September 25 - Battle of Stamford Bridge September 29 - William of Normandy lands in England at Pevensey. ... The Houses of Parliament, seen over Westminster Bridge The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative institution in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories (it alone has parliamentary sovereignty). ... For the film with this title, see Tower of London (1939 film). ...


The monarchy later moved to other palaces elsewhere in the city, and the law courts have since moved to the Royal Courts of Justice, close to the border of the City of London. The area is still the centre of government, with Parliament now located in the Palace of Westminster and most of the major Government ministries situated in Westminster, centred on Whitehall. "Westminster" is thus often used as shorthand for Parliament and the political community of the United Kingdom generally. The civil service is similarly referred to by the area it inhabits, Whitehall, where there was also once a royal palace. "Westminster" is consequently also used in reference to the Westminster System, the parliamentary model of democratic government that has evolved in the United Kingdom. The Westminster System is used with some adaptation in many other nations, particularly in the Commonwealth of Nations and other parts of the former British Empire. The main entrance The Royal Courts of Justice, commonly called the Law Courts, is a building in London, which houses the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. ... Whitehall, London, looking south towards the Houses of Parliament. ... The Westminster system is a democratic system of government modelled after that of the United Kingdom system, as used in the Palace of Westminster, the location of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... The Commonwealth of Nations, usually known as The Commonwealth, is an association of 53 independent sovereign states, almost all of which are former territories of the British Empire. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ...


Close to the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey is Westminster School, one of the major English public schools. Three of the four campuses of the University of Westminster are within the borough, although none in Westminster proper. Motto: Dat Deus Incrementum The Royal College of St. ... A public school, in current English, Welsh and Northern Ireland usage, is a (usually) prestigious independent school, for children usually between the ages of 11 or 13 and 18, which charges fees and is not financed by the state. ... Marylebone campus The University of Westminster is a British university in London, formed in 1992 as a result of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992, which allowed the London Polytechnic (Polytechnic of Central London or PCL ) to rename itself as a university. ...

The Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster

The area has a substantial residential population, a surprisingly large proportion of which is a traditional London working-class community living in council and Peabody Trust estates at the back of Westminster Abbey and off Millbank. There is also a substantial working class community in the north of the borough. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (880x588, 71 KB) Summary Sat next to Westminister Bridge, the Houses of Parliament are silhouetted by the twilight. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (880x588, 71 KB) Summary Sat next to Westminister Bridge, the Houses of Parliament are silhouetted by the twilight. ... The working class is a social class often contrasted with middle class and upper class in terms of the nature of work undertaken (manual labor or skilled), the level of remuneration (typically low hourly rates although there are exceptions) and access to resources (limited access to capital, education and land). ... The Peabody Trust is one of Londons largest and oldest housing associations. ... Millbank is an area of London, England, that is east of Pimlico and south of Westminster. ...


The term Westminster Village, sometimes used in the context of British politics, does not refer to a geographical area at all; employed especially in the phrase Westminster Village gossip, it denotes a supposedly close social circle of Members of Parliament, political journalists, so-called spin doctors and others connected to events in the Palace of Westminster. It implies those inside the "village" are concerned with issues which are of little interest to those outside. The Spin Doctors is a rock group from New York City, best known for its 1992 hits, Two Princes and Little Miss Cant Be Wrong. The album that included those songs, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, sold poorly until MTV and radio began playing the songs. ...


External links

  • Westminster Walks - from Findlay Muirhead's 1927 guidebook to London and its Environs
  • Michael Pead :: Photos of Westminster


Main districts of the London boroughs | List of places in London

Acton | Barking | Barnes | Barnet | Battersea | Beckenham | Bermondsey | Bethnal Green | Bexleyheath | Brentford | Brixton | Bromley | Camberwell | Camden Town | Carshalton | Catford | Chelsea | Chingford | Chislehurst | Chiswick | City | Clapham | Clerkenwell | Coulsdon | Croydon | Dagenham | Deptford | Ealing | East Ham | Edmonton | Eltham | Enfield Town | Feltham | Finchley | Fulham | Greenwich | Hackney | Hammersmith | Hampstead | Harrow | Hendon | Highbury | Highgate | Holborn | Hornchurch | Hounslow | Ilford | Isleworth | Islington | Kensington | Kentish Town | Kilburn | Kingston upon Thames | Lambeth | Lewisham | Leyton | Mayfair | Mitcham | Morden | Orpington | Paddington | Peckham | Penge | Pinner | Poplar | Purley | Putney | Richmond upon Thames | Romford | Ruislip | Shepherd's Bush | Shoreditch | Sidcup | Soho | Southall | Southgate | Stoke Newington | Stratford | Surbiton | Sutton | Teddington | Thamesmead | Tottenham | Twickenham | Upminster | Uxbridge | Walthamstow | Wandsworth | Wanstead | Wealdstone | Welling | Wembley | West Ham | Westminster | Whitechapel | Willesden | Wimbledon | Wood Green | Woodford | Woolwich The administrative area of Greater London contains 32 London Boroughs, of which 12 (plus the City of London) make up Inner London and 20 Outer London. ... This is a partial list of places in London, the capital city of the United Kingdom. ... Acton is a place in the London Borough of Ealing. ... Barking is the principal town in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. ... Barnes is a place in south-west London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. ... High Barnet or Chipping Barnet is a place in the London Borough of Barnet. ... Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... Beckenham is a town in the London Borough of Bromley. ... Bermondsey is a place in the London Borough of Southwark. ... Bethnal Green is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in the heart of Londons East End. ... Bexleyheath, formerly known as Bexley New Town, part of the London Borough of Bexley, consists of a suburban development located 12 miles (19. ... Brentford is a suburb in the London Borough of Hounslow at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Brent in South West London, situated approximately 8 miles (12. ... Brixton is an area of South London, part of the London Borough of Lambeth. ... Bromley is the principal town in the London Borough of Bromley, England. ... Camberwell is a district of London in the London Borough of Southwark. ... Camden Town is a place in the London Borough of Camden, England. ... Carshalton is a suburb of London, part of the London Borough of Sutton, located 10 miles (16. ... Catford is an area in the London Borough of Lewisham, England. ... Statue of Thomas More on Cheyne Walk. ... Chingford is a town in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ... Chislehurst is a place in the London Borough of Bromley. ... Chiswick (IPA pronunciation: ) is an extensive district of West London, located within the eastern extremity of the London Borough of Hounslow and 5. ... Coat of arms The City of London is a small area in Greater London. ... Clapham is a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Wandsworth, South London. ... Clerkenwell (pronounced clarkenwell) is a locality in the southermost part of the London Borough of Islington. ... Grid reference: TQ298596 Coulsdon is a place in the London Borough of Croydon on the Brighton Road (A23). ... Croydon is a major suburban town and commercial centre situated 9. ... Dagenham is a town within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. ... Deptford is an area of the London Borough of Lewisham, on the south bank of the River Thames in south-east London. ... Ealing is a place in the London Borough of Ealing. ... East Ham is a place in the London Borough of Newham. ... Edmonton is a place in the eastern part of the London Borough of Enfield. ... Eltham is a place in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... Enfield Town is a town in the London Borough of Enfield. ... Feltham is a place in the London Borough of Hounslow. ... Finchley is a place in the London Borough of Barnet, London, England. ... Fulham is a district in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham located 3. ... Greenwich (pronounced grenn-itch , or by the locals) is a town, now part of the south eastern urban sprawl of London, on the south bank of the River Thames in the London Borough of Greenwich. ... The Hackney Empire is one of the oldest surviving music halls in Britain. ... The Lyric theatre is just one of the arts and entertainment venues that have made Hammersmith a worthy rival to the West End. ... Hampstead is a place in the London Borough of Camden and is close to Hampstead Heath. ... Harrow or Harrow-on-the-Hill is the principal town in the London Borough of Harrow. ... Ignore the sign — the Claddagh Ring pub is in Church Road, Hendon somewhat more than 9 miles from Athenry. ... Highbury Clock is located just north of Highbury Fields, near the junction of Highbury Barn and Highbury Hill. ... View of Highgate, John Constable, 1st quarter of 19th century. ... Holborn (pronounced ho-bun or ho-burn) is a place in London, named after a tributary to the river Fleet that flowed through the area, the Hole-bourne (the stream in the hollow). ... Hornchurch is a place in the London Borough of Havering. ... Hounslow is the principal town of the London Borough of Hounslow in West London. ... Ilford is a town in the London Borough of Redbridge in East London. ... Isleworth is also an affluent subdivision of Windermere, Florida, in the United States. ... Islington is an inner-city district in north London. ... Kensington is an area to the west of Central London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. ... Kentish Town is a place in London in the London Borough of Camden. ... Kilburn is an area of North London on the border of the London Borough of Brent and the London Borough of Camden. ... Kingston upon Thames, part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, is an ancient market town where Saxon kings were crowned, and is now a lively suburb of London. ... Lambeth is a place in the London Borough of Lambeth. ... Lewisham is an area within the London Borough of Lewisham in south-east London. ... Leyton is a town in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ... Mayfair is an area in the City of Westminster London, named after the fortnight-long May Fair that took place there from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764. ... Mitcham is a place in the London Borough of Merton. ... Morden is a place in the London Borough of Merton. ... Orpington is a place in the London Borough of Bromley. ... Paddington is an area in the west of London in the City of Westminster. ... Peckham is a place in the London Borough of Southwark. ... Penge is a place in the London Borough of Bromley. ... Pinner is a town in the London Borough of Harrow in north-west London. ... Poplar is an area of the East End of London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. ... Purley is a place in the London Borough of Croydon. ... Putney is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... Richmond is a suburb in southwest London, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. ... Romford is a town in East London, England. ... Ruislip (pronounced rye-slip) is a place in the London Borough of Hillingdon in north west London, immortalised in Leslie Thomas 1974 novel of suburbia Tropic of Ruislip. ... Shepherds Bush is a district in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham situated 4. ... Shoreditch Town Hall Shoreditch is a place in the London Borough of Hackney. ... Sidcup is a place in the London Borough of Bexley. ... SoHo is a neighborhood in Manhattan that is bounded roughly by Houston Street on the north, Lafayette Street on the east, Canal Street on the south, and Sixth Avenue on the west. ... Southall is a London suburb in the London Borough of Ealing. ... Southgate is an area in the London Borough of Enfield. ... The Castle Climbing Centre, once the main Water Board pumping station. ... Stratford, historically Stratford Langthorne, is a place in the London Borough of Newham in East London. ... Surbiton is a suburban area of London situated in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. ... Sutton is the principal town in the London Borough of Sutton. ... Teddington is a place in Middlesex, England in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. ... Thamesmead is a new town, more realistically a new suburb, in London built on the southern bank of the River Thames, 9. ... Tottenham is a place in the London Borough of Haringey. ... Twickenham is a leafy, affluent suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in the south-west of London. ... Upminster is a place in the London Borough of Havering. ... Uxbridge is a place in the London Borough of Hillingdon in west London. ... Walthamstow is a town in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. ... Wandsworth is a place by the River Thames in south London. ... Wanstead is a place in the London Borough of Redbridge. ... Wealdstone is a place in the London Borough of Harrow, north-west London. ... Welling is a district in the London Borough of Bexley. ... Wembley is a place in the London Borough of Brent. ... West Ham is a place in the London Borough of Newham located 6. ... Whitechapel is a place in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom. ... Willesden is an area in North West London which forms part of the London Borough of Brent. ... Wimbledon (pronounced ) is a suburb of London, part of the London Borough of Merton and located seven miles (11. ... Wood Green - or the Green as it is known to some of its residents - is a place in the London Borough of Haringey. ... Woodford is principally noteworthy for being the birthplace of the founder members of the notorious association who called themselves the Whores Drawers in the 1980s. ... Woolwich is a town in south-east London, England in the London Borough of Greenwich, on the south side of the River Thames, though the tiny exclave of North Woolwich (which is now part of the London Borough of Newham) is on the north side of the river. ...


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BIGpedia - Palace of Westminster - Encyclopedia and Dictionary Online (3947 words)
The Palace of Westminster, known also as the Houses of Parliament, is the location at which the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) conduct their sittings.
Westminster Hall, the oldest extant part of the Palace of Westminster, was erected in 1097.
Westminster Hall is one of the largest European halls with an unsupported roof; it measures 73.2 m by 20.7 m (240 ft by 68 ft).
Westminster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (601 words)
Westminster is situated south west of the City of London and half a mile (0.8 km) south west of Charing Cross.
The nearby Palace of Westminster came to be the principal royal residence after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and later housed the developing Parliament and law courts of England.
Close to the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey is Westminster School, one of the major English public schools.
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