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House of Lords
Historically, Parliament has consisted of two Houses (Lords and Commons). All title holders of Baron and higher are permitted a seat in the House of Lords. Ladies are not permitted membership, but may be summoned during a trial or hearing as they are considered peers (even if in most cases by courtesy). The Lord Chancellor presides over the House.
Surrounding the Hall where the Lord Chancellor presided over meetings is the foyer. It is in this foyer that many of the peers walked around, grouping and softly whispering. There were only minor bills that would be discussed but there were things in the air, people eyeing each other, enlarging their contacts and making sure they were seen.
In the Gathering Hall the Lords take their place on the benches, which have been covered with a rich green velvet. There is a ledger for the Lord Chancellor, and to the side a modest throne is where the King might listen in on the proceedings or address the House.
Visitors take their seats in the gallery, which runs around Gathering Hall.