|Payment of expenses for attending Parliament started in 1258, but
fees were not set until 1327 when knights of the shire were awarded
4s a day and burgesses 2s a day, including travelling expenses. A
knight's fees were to be levied, by the sheriff, on the shire (county)
that the knight represented. The writ of expenses was issued to the
knight of the shire when he attended Parliament. Its endorsement is
evidence that he actually attended the parliament to which he had
In the medieval period Parliament normally met at Westminster -
the commons in the Chapterhouse of Westminster Abbey, and the lords
and clergy with the king in the White Hall of Westminster Palace.
It could also meet wherever the king decided, and both Edward II
and Edward III called representatives to York in the early 14th
century as the realm focused on fighting the Scots. For the parliaments
held at York, Kentish MPs like Walter de Thorne had to endure a
much longer journey than usual.
Catalogue reference: C 219/330/7 (1318)