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Early State trials

Westminster Hall has been the setting for some of the greatest state trials in English history. Find out more about the early state trials that were held within the Hall until the end of the 16th century.

Later Law Courts

What happened to the law courts at Westminster Hall from the 17th century?

Trial Of Charles I

One of the most momentous events ever to take place in Westminster Hall was the state trial of Charles I in 1649. Find out what occurred during the trial

Early Law Courts

Westminster Hall was the centre of the English legal system for almost seven centuries. Find out how the early judicial system was shaped by this magnificent building

Later State Trials

What were the major state trials which took place in Westminster Hall between the 17th and 19th centuries?

Centre Of Admin

How did Westminster Hall become the administrative centre of 12th century England?

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Key dates

Find out more about the important moments in the history of Westminster Hall

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Key dates

Find out more about the important moments in the history of Westminster Hall

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