It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament

Although this is not Oatlands-specific, we have had many people over the years to whom this restriction might have applied - and we just couldn't resist including it.

The reason for this bizarre legislation is that the buildings count as a royal palace and, according to Nigel Cawthorne, author of "The Strange Laws of Old England", "Anyone who dies within a royal palace is technically entitled to a state funeral. If they see you looking a bit sick in the Houses of Parliament they carry you out quickly."