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History and traditions of the Speakership

Explore the history of the Speakership of the House of Commons, a role almost as old as Parliament itself with the first known role holder in 1377 Thomas Hungerford to the current role holder Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

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History of the Speakership

The Speakership under its present title dates back to 1377 when Sir Thomas Hungerford was appointed. Find out more about the history of the role:

Speaker’s House and its state rooms

The Speaker’s House epitomises the status of the Speaker. It always was the grandest residence in the New Palace of Westminster and is the only one to survive in anything like its original form.

The Speaker's State Coach

The Speaker’s State Coach is a rare example of 17th century coach design and is one of only a handful surviving in Europe from this period.