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Built by William Rufus (1097) as an extension of Edward the Confessor's palace, is the only surviving part of the original palace of Westminster. Used initially for feasts, then early parliaments, it developed into an administrative centre, housing the Courts of Common Pleas, King's Bench, Chancery, Exchequer, and Star Chamber.

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