8th October 1835 - the Lord Chancellor speaks from the balcony of the White Hart

Henry Brougham On 8th October 1834, the then Lord Chancellor Lord Brougham made a speech from the balcony of the White Hart Hotel.

His Lordship was visiting the Earl of Radnor, who had wanted to use the Council Chamber for the speech, but the Council had refused ‘on political grounds’[1]

Lord Brougham was an interesting chap. He was vehemently opposed to the slave trade, in favour of the Great Reform Bill of 1832 and active in promoting education for the poor.

He had also legally defended the future Queen Caroline against her husband the future George IV.

Whether any of these activities were the ‘political grounds’ on which he was denied access to the Guildhall, I don’t know.

Image Credits

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux by Sir Thomas Lawrence oil on panel, 1825 NPG 3136 Copyright National Portrait Gallery, London

Footnotes and references

[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.