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The castle at Acton Burnell was built at the end of the 13th century by Robert Burnell, Bishop of Bath and Wells and Lord Chancellor of England. It is thought that the first proper meeting of Parliament, called by the members themselves rather than at the behest of the King, was held in a barn just next to the castle. There were obviously many merchants amongst the members, as the first statute passed agreed that debtors should accept, when taking a loan, that they must pay their debts within a set time.

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