Happy 500th birthday to Trinity House

To mark tomorrow’s big 500th anniversary, the blog of the History of Parliament’s House of Commons looks at Aaron Chapman (1771-1850), a nineteenth-century MP and Elder Brother of the Trinity House, described as being of ‘pleasing and unassuming manners and exterior, accompanied with sound sense and judgment’…

The Victorian Commons

This week sees the 500th anniversary of the presentation of a royal charter (on 20 May 1514) to ‘the Master Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the Most Glorious and Undivided Trinity and of Saint Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent’, now usually known by its shorter title as Trinity House. This body has long held responsibilities for lighthouses and also for pilotage.

To mark this anniversary, our blog looks at a nineteenth-century MP who had a strong connection to Trinity House, serving as one of the elder brethren who governed its affairs. Aaron Chapman (1771-1850), described as being of ‘pleasing and unassuming manners and exterior, accompanied with sound sense and judgment’, was elected as the first MP for the newly enfranchised borough of Whitby in 1832. He represented this port as a Conservative until 1847, when he retired from…

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