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English Law Research Guide

A guide to researching English law in the Tarlton Law Library.

English Statutes in Print

The following list of statutes in print are organized by year(s) of coverage.  There are many sources for English session laws and some of these sources overlap.  You may need to try several sources to find the statute you are looking for. 

Also, the date of 1215 in the coverage dates of some of these statutory collections may refer to the Magna Carta only.  There may be a gap from 1215 through approximately 1229-1235, where statutes were not generally recorded.


1215-1800

The Statutes at Large (Ruffhead & Runnington)

This set was edited by Owen Ruffhead and revised by Charles Runnington.  The coverage of the set is from the Magna Carta through the twenty-fifth year of the reign of King George the Third.  Additional volumes were published after the death of Ruffhead to bring the series up through 1800. 


1215-1806

The Statutes at Large (Pickering)

This set of The Statutes at Large, edited by Danby Pickering, covers from the Magna Carta through the end of the Eleventh Parliament of Great Britain (1761), and continued to 1806.  The set is located in the Rare Books department, which requires an appointment for use.  A copy is available on microfilm at call number KD 530 E43 1985 (as part of title: The Eighteenth Century).


1235-1713

The Statutes of the Realm

This 11 volume set covers from the Magna Carta through the end of the reign of Queen Anne.  Volumes 10 and 11 include alphabetical and chronological indexes.  Note: this set does not include acts and ordinances from the interregnum, which was 1642-1660.  For those, see below (Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum).

The library's print copy of the Statutes is located at Oversize KD 130 1235a.  The Statutes can also be accessed on microfilm and on HeinOnline (on-campus only, or EID required for remote login).


1642-1660

Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum

The library has two copies this set.  One is in the rare books department, which requires an appointment for use; the other is in off-site storage and can be requested using the link above.  Volume I contains acts and ordinances from 5th March, 1642 to 30th January, 1649; Volume II contains acts and ordinances from 9th February, 1649 to 16th March, 1660; Volume III contains the introduction, chronological table, and indices. 


1807-1869

The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

This set continues Pickering's The Statutes at Large; contains volumes 47 through 105.  The library's set is located in the rare books department and require an appointment for use.


1866-1925

Public General Statutes

This sixty-four volume set is located in the rare books department and requires an appointment for use. 


1926-1971

Public General Acts and Church Assembly Measures

This set is located in off-site storage.  Individual volumes can be requested using the link above.


1972 to Present

Public General Acts and General Synod Measures

This set is located in off-site storage.  Individual volumes can be requested using the link above.  Includes tables and an index; volumes on the shelf are 1-2 years behind passage.