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Plaque: Westminster Hall - Charles I


This tablet marks the spot where Charles Stuart King of England stood before the Court which sat pursuant to the ordinance for erecting a High Court of Justice for his trial which was read the first, second & third time & passed by Parliament on the 4th January 1648-9.

The Court met on Saturday the 20th, Monday the 22nd, Tuesday the 23rd & on Saturday the 27th January 1648-9, when the sentence of Death was pronounced upon the King.

Placed here by order of .... {illegible}.....

From Notes & Queries 1920 "The trial of the King was, by order of the Court, held where the Courts of King's Bench and Chancery sat in Westminster Hall, and this Tablet marks the position of the Bar that separated those Courts from the length of the Hall."

The last line of the plaque is illegible and we think the only way of reading it would be a spot of brass rubbing. Another visit required, when we may discover the limits of the security in the Palace.

Site: Westminster Hall - 2 (6 memorials)

SW1, St Margaret Street, Westminster Hall

Referring to the plaques, as viewed by the people in our photo who are reading them the right way up:
At the left: George V Silver Jubilee;
Middle column, from the top: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond; Queen Elizabeth II Golden; William Wallace; Queen Elizabeth II Silver;
At the right: Simon de Montfort;

and on a lower step, but not visible in our photo: Charles I;

and on the next landing down:
an empty space left by a plaque that has been removed (interesting but we have no information); and Mandela.

This south end of the hall has been through a number of changes. We found images at Living Heritage and Alamy and Explore Parliament.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Westminster Hall - Charles I

Information Subjects commemorated

King Charles I

Born Fife. Until the age of 11 he was only the 'spare' but then his 18-year o...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Westminster Hall - Charles I

Information Also at this site

Westminster Hall - Elizabeth II Diamond + Golden Jubilees

{Top plaque:} Queen Elizabeth II, on March 20th 2012, here replied to address...

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Westminster Hall - George V Silver Jubilee

King George the Fifth on May 9th 1935 here received and replied to addresses ...

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Westminster Hall - Mandela

Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa on 14th July 1996 here received and...

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Westminster Hall - Simon de Montfort

Queen Elizabeth II here replied to addresses presented by both Houses of Parl...

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Westminster Hall - William Wallace + Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee

{Top plaque:} Near this spot, at the Kings Bench at the South end of the Hall...

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