A seal used for the authentication of state documents of the highest importance, held by the Secretary of State.
- Originally, its holder was responsible for the monarch's personal seal (as opposed to the Great Seal of state, which is in the care of the Lord Chancellor).
- The Chancellor's Department dealt with the judiciary and it was also the custodian of the Great Seal to authenticate government decrees.
- Whatever you think of the demise of Hatton's office 400 years later, this week you can visit the house in Croydon where he received his Great Seal.
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