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At the east and west sides of the Chamber are carved stone chimneypieces designed by Pugin in the style of the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. In the spandrels - the two elongated triangular spaces between the arch of the fireplace and the rectangular panel above - are Tudor roses in red and gold, with gilded crowns. The panel above them contains the shields of England, Scotland and Ireland, with their mottoes, with crossed maces and swords of justice, which lie over roundels of oaks and acorns.

Almost invisible behind the huge firebasket are Minton tiles a foot square displaying the leopards of England and the monogram VR, for Victoria Regina. The same tiles are also to be found on the floor of the Peers' Lobby. Advanced Category Search

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