1649 – The House of Commons of England passes an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it “useless and dangerous to the people of England”. This revolutionary action did not obtain the consent of either Lords or the King and so it was not recognised as a valid law after the restoration of the King.
The first part of the abolishing Act was as follows:
The Commons of England assembled in Parliament, finding by too long experience that the House of Lords is useless and dangerous to the people of England to be continued, have thought fit to ordain and enact, and be it ordained and enacted by this present Parliament, and by the authority of the same, that from henceforth the House of Lords in Parliament shall be and is hereby wholly abolished and taken away; and that the Lords shall not from henceforth meet or sit in the said House called the Lords’ House, or in any other house or place whatsoever …
Re-establishment of the House of Lords 1660:
The Temporal Lords resumed meeting as the House of Lords, in the Convention Parliament which restored the monarchy.
This period of time after Charles I execution is known as the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland and lasted for 11 years.
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