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Westminster Hall

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This is my first big Hexagon project and I've had great fun making it. Westminster Hall is one of the buildings that make up the House of Parliament. The walls are from 1097 (wiki entry), typical Romanesque seen on a thousand churches, but the roof is jaw dropping in real life. Built in the 1390s it is the largest medieval Hammer Beam roof in Europe, some 240 feet by 68 feet, and 90 feet from floor to ridge beam, and its lucky to have survived the fire in 1834 which destroyed the rest of the palace.

Westminster Hall Roof
View to north door. Click for large image (1057 x 1338)

In this project I've concentrated on the woodwork, having found some plans from 1910 to measure off against. The stonework, which actually took longer, was partly eyeballed from photos and the virtual tour available at the parliament website. I also took textures from that virtual tour to set on the stonework. As I'm interested in the interior the exterior is less detailed and tbh I couldn’t face doing every boss, crocket and finials on the outside, gothic carving being what it is :) Also I leant as I went along not balloon the project file with unnecessary smoothing - as my poor PC wont render to many lines.

Westminster Hall Roof
View north from south archway Click for large image (882 x 1013)


Westminster Hall Roof
Click for large image (1338 x 1013)

Westminster Hall Model
Model unrendered, exterior view