18th Century Acts of Union with Scotland (1707) and Ireland
(1800) entitle Scottish and Irish peers to elect representatives
to sit in the Lords.
1834 The Palace of Westminster, including the House of
Lords is destroyed by fire. Rebuilding of the new Palace, designed
by Sir Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin begins in 1840.
1847 The House of Lords first sits in its new Chamber.
1876 The Appellate Jurisdiction Act Creates Lords of Appeal
in Ordinary (Law Lords) to carry out the judicial work of the
House as the final Court of Appeal.
1911 and 1949 Parliament Acts Allow some bills to become
Acts without the consent of the Lords and limit the power to delay
other bills to one year.
1958 Life Peerages Act Creates baronies for life
for men and women; women sit in the House for the first time.
1963 Peerage Act Allows hereditary peers to disclaim their
peerages, and hereditary peeresses and all Scottish peers to sit
in the House.