HC Deb 10 April 1851 vol 115 cc1356-7

begged to ask whether arrangements had been made for the free admission of the public to St. Paul's Cathedral. The House would recollect that the subject had frequently been brought before them, and he wished to know what progress had been made in the matter.


said, that an arrangement had been made by which the Dean and Chapter had consented to open the area of St. Paul's Cathedral free of charge. Of course he referred only to the lower part of the Cathedral, and not to the dome, the whispering gallery, and the like; but only to that part for seeing which a fee of 2d. had heretofore been paid. In order to carry out the arrangement, it would be necessary to obtain an Order in Council, which would be done as early as possible; but the Dean and Chapter, in anticipation of that Order, would open the lower part of the Cathedral on and after May I without charge.