18th and 19th centuries

1739
Gothic enclosure erected for King's Bench and Chancery

1740-1
Common Pleas moved outside the Hall

1749-50
Lead on roof replaced by slates

1769-84
Political meetings held in the Hall

c1780
Removal of shops from the Hall

1788-95
Trial of Warren Hastings

1806
Last impeachment in the Hall (of Viscount Melville)

1819-22
Rebuilding of the north faade and restoration of roof by John Soane

1821
Last coronation feast held in the Hall (George IV)

1822-7
New law courts built on west side of Hall

1826
Transfer of law courts outside the Hall

1834-7
Refacing of walls and laying of present floor

1834
Hall threatened by devastating fire

1850
Hall's south window replaced by an arch

1882
Departure of law courts to the Strand

1883
Flying buttresses on west side reconstructed

1885
Fenian bomb exploded in the Hall

 

Biographies

You can access biographies of

Warren Hastings
Viscount Melville
John Soane
George IV

from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for free, online, using your local library card number (includes nine out of ten public libraries in the UK) or from within academic library and other subscribing networks.