A building history

A building history

The exterior of the Banqueting House

Delve into the history of the magnificent Banqueting House. Designed by renowned architect Inigo Jones it is the only surviving building from the old Whitehall Palace.

  1. The Tudors
    From archbishops residence to the first banqueting houses in Whitehall.
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  2. The court masque era
    The Masque: court entertainment on a grand scale
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  3. Rubens' ceiling
    The Rubens ceiling: the crowning glory of Inigo Jones’ building
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  4. The Stuarts
    The era of the masque comes to an end; even grander ceremonies begin
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  5. Execution of Charles I
    The single most significant event which took place here
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  6. The Commonwealth
    Oliver Cromwell takes over the Banqueting House as his hall of audience in 1654
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  7. The Restoration
    A new life begins for Banqueting House as the monarchy is restored in 1660.
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  8. Last days of Whitehall
    From a furniture store to a lying-in state, the final ceremonies of Banqueting House
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  9. The destruction
    In 1698, a major fire ends the ceremonial importance of Banqueting House
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  10. 1698 - Present
    Used as a chapel and concert hall before being given to the nation as a museum
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  11. Historic ceremonies
    The Banqueting House was used for ceremonies involving ‘ordinary’ people
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  12. Further reading
    Bibliography of Banqueting House
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