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Westminster Hall - Wentworth Westminster Hall

Plaque: Westminster Hall - Wentworth

Erection date: 1895


This tablet marks, with as much accuracy as can be attained, the place where Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, stood in this Hall during the impeachment for high treason brought against him before the House of Lords, upon the accusation of the House of Commons: 22nd March - 29th April AD 1640-1.
Placed here by order of the First Commissioner of H. M. Works and Public Buildings 1895.

Initially we thought that the plaque was installed by the first person to hold the post 'Commissioner of H. M. Works and Public Buildings' but no, the title of the post was 'First Commissioner of H. M. Works and Public Buildings'. In 1895 this post was held consecutively by two men: Herbert Gladstone until 21 June and Aretas Akers-Douglas from 4 July. 

We're guessing the plaque was installed by Gladstone since he would not have known that the year alone was insufficient information, whereas Akers-Douglas would have. Interesting that Gladstone Jnr. installed this plaque here just 3 years before his father's death and lying-in-state in this same Hall.

The First Commissioner post was created in 1851. You want to know who the first First Commissioner was, don't you? Edward Seymour, 12th Duke of Somerset. Top dog!

Site: Westminster Hall (9 memorials)

SW1, St Margaret Street, Westminster Hall

These 9 plaques are laid into the floor of the hall, in a line down the middle, in this sequence, starting at the entrance end: R101; Hastings; Wentworth; More; Churchill; King Edward VII; Gladstone; King George VI & Queen Elizabeth; and King George V & Queen Mary.

Since capturing these 9 we've seen more on the stairs at the southern end of the hall. Need to visit again.

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

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Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford

Born Chancery Lane.  An unpopular Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Supported Charl...

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Herbert Gladstone

Gladstone was born in Downing Street, the youngest son of William, who was Ch...

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

Winston Churchill lay in state here from the twenty seventh of January until ...

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Westminster Hall - Edward VII

Here rested, from May 17 until interment at Windsor May 20 1910, Edward VII, ...

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Westminster Hall - Gladstone

On this spot, awaiting sepulture in Westminster Abbey, rested, from May 26 to...

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Westminster Hall - Hastings

On this spot Warren Hastings stood his trial 1788 - 1795. He was acquitted o...

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Westminster Hall - King George VI & Queen Elizabeth

His Majesty King George the Sixth lay in state here from the eleventh of Febr...

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