Ordered to lie on the table

Somewhere I learned that there’s now much more of historic Hansard – the verbatim record of the proceedings of the UK Parliament – available on the internet than there has been before.

It now goes back to the early 1800s.

As you do, I tried a few search terms, and found the earliest mentions of Nottingham:

A petition was presented from the debtors confined in the jail of Nottingham, which was ordered to lie on the table.—Mr. Grey, sir A. Piggott, and Mr. H. Addington, and sir C. Pole took the oaths and their seats.—Mr. Eyre presented a petition from the maltsters of Nottingham, complaining of the, additional duties imposed upon malt by the act of the 42d of his present majesty. Ordered to lie on the table

Nottingham’s debtors’ prison? I wonder where that was. And the Maltsters of Nottingham? I wonder if that involved the Maltings, now a student hall of residence in the Basford part of town?

One comment on “Ordered to lie on the table

  1. Andy says:

    I would suspect that the debtor’s prison was in the Shire Hall (Galleries of Justice now) although apparently the building’s use as a gaol was stopped by the Victorians. I’ve no idea whether there was a new debtor’s prison after that.

    As for maltsters they would have been all over the place. Many of Nottingham’s caves were used for malting barley as they had a constant temperature so could be used year round.

    I think the ‘Maltings’ is so called because it was part of Shipstone’s Brewery, unless I’ve got the place mixed up with something else.

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