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  1. John Tertius Fairbank was a member of an illustrious Sheffield family which ran a surveying practice in the town in the 18th & 19th centuries.He was one of the 97 people who submitted an entry to the competition to select a design for the new Houses of Parliament after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834. There is not as much on the web about the 96 unsuccessful entries as you might expect, but I have seen this description of Fairbank's design on "The Londonist" website: John Tertius Fairbank proposed a great circular corridor 800 feet long to provide easy access to offices, based around ‘a colossal circular tower… a vast and ornamental object’ However, there is no plan or drawing with the description, and I've not been able to find one elsewhere on the web. I should like to have one for an illustrated talk that I give on the history of Parliament, and any help would be greatly appreciated.