1097 to the 14th century

1097-1099
William II (Rufus) constructed Westminster Hall

1099
First recorded feast in the Hall

1178
Judges began sitting in the Hall by this date

1189
First recorded coronation feast of a king (Richard I)

1215
Common Pleas were held in a fixed place (usually the Hall) by this date

1237-1247
Henry III provided feasts for the poor in the Hall

1244
Exchequer building built west of the Hall

1250s
Henry III redecorated the Hall; table and seat made in Purbeck marble

1295
First special commission sat in the Hall

1305
Trial of William Wallace

1327
First references to marble chair and table; Edward II deposed

1385
Statues of kings commissioned

1394-1401
Richard II undertook major reconstruction of the Hall, including new roof

1399
Richard II deposed in the Hall

Biographies

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William II (Rufus)
Richard I
Henry III
William Wallace
Edward II
Richard II

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