Parliamentary history

Sources relating to proceedings and legislation in the two Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

House of Lords, Journal

The official record of proceedings in the House (1509-1793, 1830-2). 42 volumes.

House of Commons, Journal

The official record of the House. Includes volumes 1-12 (1547-1699) & 85 (1830). 13 volumes.

House of Commons, Debates (Grey)

Debates (1667-94), collected by the Hon. Anchitell Grey, MP (10 vols). 10 volumes.

Statutes of the Realm

The full text of Statutes passed into law by the two Houses of Parliament. 3 volumes.

State Papers of John Thurloe

Collections of Thurloe, Secretary of State 1652-8, ed. Thomas Birch (7 volumes). 7 volumes.

Thomas Burton's Diary

The parliamentary diary of Thomas Burton, MP for Westmorland (1653-59). 4 volumes.

The Journals of all the Parliaments during the reign of Queen Elizabeth

Includes very detailed accounts of debates in both houses of Parliament from 1559 until 1601. Collected by Sir Simonds d'Ewes, knight and baronet of Stow Hall in Suffolk, they were revised and published in 1682 by his nephew, the lawyer and antiquary Paul Bowes.

Historical Collections:or, An exact Account of the Proceedings of the Four last Parliaments of Q. Elizabeth

Details debates in both Houses of Parliament from 1589 until 1601. Collected by the Shropshire MP Heywood Townshend, they were first published in 1680.

House of Commons, History and Proceedings of (Chandler)

Extensive verbatim accounts of Commons debates, 1660-1739, in 10 volumes. 10 volumes.

Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660

The full text of legislation passed into law during the Interregnum. Contains over 900 pieces of legislation. ranging from that concerning the trial and execution of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury to the regulation of trade in currants, and from the propagation of the Gospel in the New World to the draining of the Great Fen. Originally published in three volumes, it is here given together, along with a table of acts passed and a substantial introduction.

Parliament Rolls of Medieval England

Transcriptions from the manuscript rolls of all parliaments which survive for the period 1275 to 1504. The transcriptions - in Latin, Anglo-Norman or Middle English - are presented in parallel with a modern English translation. There is also a description of each parliament of the period, including for those of which no roll survives.

Roger Whitley's Diary 1684-1697Bodleian Library, MS Eng Hist c 711

Diary of a Cheshire gentleman, Whig Member of Parliament for Chester in 1689-97 and landholder in Wales, covering a period in which he steered a difficult political course. Michael Stevens' transcription is published by permission of the Bodleian Library.

St Mary Colechurch: vestry minutes1613-72

A series of transcribed lists entered into a seventeenth century volume of vestry minutes for the parish of St Mary Colechurch. Produced by the IHR/Birkbeck/Cambridge 'People in Place' project (2003-6). Derived from an original manuscript with classmark LMA P69/MRY8/B/001/MS00064.

Committees for Repeal of the Test and Corporation ActsMinutes 1786-90 and 1827-8

The minutes of two committees of London Dissenters (ministers and laymen) for the repeal of these two Acts, the second of which was eventually successful. From MSS in the Guildhall Library, reproduced by permission of the London Record Society.

London Politics 1713-1717Minutes of a Whig club 1714-1717, London Pollbooks 1713

The minutes of a Whig political club in the City of London, from a MS in the Guildhall Library. The Pollbooks record the voters in the General Election for London of 1713, (MS: Dr Jeremy Mitchell.) By permission of the London Record Society.