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BEDFORDSHIRE: Bedfordshire Poll Book Holdings

The Act of 1696 provided that sheriffs were repsonsible for compiling a record of the poll of the county elections and that the returning officers should keep a record which was to be made available to anyone wishing to have access to it; a subseequent Act of 1711 confirmed the onus to maintain a record of the residence and freehold of electors, and stated that it should be handed over to the Clerk of the Peace for permanent preservation. It was not until 1834 that similar measures were passed for the preservation of borough election records. This did not stop the destruction in 1907 of the entire collection of the consequent poll books.

Constituency histories can be found in Seaton (1986), page 12. Links have been provided to Poll Book tanscriptions where available.

County

1685Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [CH 922]
1705Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Guildhall Library, Institute of Historical Research
1715Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bodleian Library, Institute of Historical Research
1722Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Central Library, Institute of Historical Research
1727Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall
1734Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service
1774Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bedford Central Library, Bodleian Library, Institute of Historical Research, Society of Genealogists
1784Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Central Library, Bedford Town Hall, Bodleian Library, Institute of Historical Research
1807Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bedford Central Library, Bodleian Library, Institute of Historical Research, Society of Genealogists
1820Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bedford Central Library, Guildhall Library, Institute of Historical Research, Society of Genealogists
1826Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Central Library, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1831Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Guildhall Library
1857Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Central Library, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1859Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bedford Central Library, Guildhall Library, Society of Genealogists
1872Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research

Bedford

1640Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [T.W. 890]
1705Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [GY 8/3]
1721Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [OR 1818]
1725Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [OR 1819]
1727Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [OR1784, 1786]
1730/1Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service [OR 1817]
1790Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bedford Central Library, Bodleian Library, Institute of Historical Research, Guildhall Library
1830Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bodleian Library, Institute of Historical Research
1832Bedford Town Hall [G3/4-5]
1835Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1837Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Central Library, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research, Bodleian Library
1841, 1847Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Central Library, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1852Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1854British Library (Newspapers), Institute of Historical Research
1857Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Bedford Central Library, Institute of Historical Research
1859Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1859Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1865Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research
1868Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service (East and West Wards only), Bedford Town Hall, Institute of Historical Research


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