St Stephen's: the House of Commons and Parliamentary Democracy 1548 - 1834

Parliament at St Stephen's

From the mid-sixteenth century St Stephen's became the venue from political debate and discussion.

Adapting the Chapel

Prior to 1550, the House of Commons did not have a permanent home, so Edward VI granted St Stephen's as a debating chamber for Members of Parliament.

Women in St Stephen's Chapel 1548-1834

Whilst women did not get the vote until the twentieth century, they could and did become involved in politics in this period.

Further Reading

Find out more about St Stephen's Chapel and the Houses of Parliament from 1548 to 1834

Art in Parliament

View images from the Parliamentary Art Collection of the present Palace of Westminster.

Also on Living Heritage

How did the configuration of St Stephen's Chapel influence our present two-party system of government versus opposition? Find out more about the first permanent home of the House of Commons