First Act of Parliament kept at Westminster, 1497

Until the late 15th century the records of Parliament were kept among those of Chancery, but in 1497 the clerk, Master Richard Hatton, decided that the documents relating to the Parliament that had just met should be kept separately. Ever since that date, the archives of Parliament have been kept at Westminster and have remained distinct from the archives of government held by The National Archives. After 1497, Parliament developed its own administrative structures and record-keeping practices. The Act reproduced here is the first of the Acts kept by Hatton. It concerns the taking of apprentices for making worsted (woollen yarn) in Norfolk.
HLRO HL/PO/PU/1/1497/12H7n1 (1497)

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