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Entries are followed by the description & publishing information where known and links to online transcriptions and images.

Note that there are other dates when elections were due to be held. Candidates who stood were unopposed and so a vote was not needed (see Note 1).

  • 1660
  • 1700
    • Election for two knights of the shire for Norfolk. Sir John Holland, Bt. and Sir Jacob Astley, Bart - Tory party were elected, defeating Sir William Cook Bt. and Sir Edward Ward Bt.
  • 1702
    • Election for two knights of the shire for Norfolk.
      [Norfolk Record Society Vol 8, 1936]
      (Note that these are the votes polled for "Sir Edward Ward, Bart." only.)
  • 1710 - No poll list known. For results see Notes.
  • 1714
  • 1734/5
  • 1737
    • By-election - Armine Wodehouse elected unopposed.
  • 1741
    • General election - Armine Wodehouse and Viscount Coke elected unopposed.
  • 1747
    • General election - Armine Wodehouse and George Townshend elected unopposed.
  • 1768
  • 1774
    • General election - "Sir Edward Astley" and "Wenman Coke" elected unopposed.
  • 1776
    • By-election - "Thomas William Coke" elected unopposed.
  • 1795
  • 1802
  • 1806
    • The copy of the poll for knights of the shire for the county of Norfolk, taken on 13th-19th November, 1806
      • [S & N Publishing: ISBN 1-861505-63-9, CD, 2003]
  • 1817
    • The copy of the poll for a knight of the shire, for the county of Norfolk, taken the 19th to 23rd May, 1817
      • [S & N Publishing: ISBN 1-861502-55-9, CD, 2000]
  • 1832 - Constituency divided following the "Reform Act" of this year. Divisions which follow are described on the vote history page.
  • 1832
    • Copy of the poll for two knights of the shire for the eastern division, taken on the 20th and 21st of December, 1832
  • 1835
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the eastern division, taken on the 20th and 21st of January, 1835
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the western division, taken on the 15th and 16th of January 1835
    • The register of the electors to vote in the choice of members to serve in Parliament for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, at any election which shall take place between the first day of November, 1835, and the first of November, 1836
    • The East Norfolk poll & register 1835; indexed by Chris Beal
  • 1837
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the eastern division,taken on the 8th and 9th of August, 1837
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the western division county of Norfolk, taken on the 1st & 2nd of August, 1837
  • 1839
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, taken in 1839
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the western division of the county of Norfolk, taken in 1839
    • The register of the electors to vote in the choice of members to serve in Parliament for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, at any election which shall take place between the first day of November, 1839, and the first day of November, 1840
  • 1841
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, taken on the 13th and 14th of July, 1841
  • 1847
    • The poll for members of Parliament for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, taken on the 10th and 11th of August, 1847 2nd ed.
    • The poll for members of Parliament for the western division of the county of Norfolk, taken on the 10th and 11th of August, 1847 .
  • 1852
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the western division of the county of Norfolk, taken on the 20th and 21st of July, 1852 with entire register of electors.
      [East Dereham: W. Boyce, 1853]
  • 1858
    • The poll for a knight of the shire for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, taken on the 29th of June, 1858
  • 1865
    • The poll for two knights for the eastern division of the county of Norfolk, taken July 18, 1865
    • The poll for two knights for the western division of the county of Norfolk, taken 22nd July, 1865
      [East Dereham: L.E.Hatfield, 1865]
  • 1868
    • The poll for two knights to serve in Parliament for the southern division of the county of Norfolk, taken November 24th, 1868
    • The poll for two knights of the shire for the northern division of the county of Norfolk, taken November 26, 1868 together with a complete register of voters.
  • 1871
    • The poll for a knight to serve in Parliament for the southern division of the county of Norfolk, taken on Apr 14th 1871. This includes a register of electors.

Online Copies

Online images of some Norfolk Voting registers are available at the

  1. Go down the "Historical Record Collections"
  2. Select Title - "England, Norfolk Register of Electors..."
  3. Select "Browse through xxx images"
  4. Under County pick - "Norfolk"
  5. Under Division pick either :-
    • 1. "xxx Division" - see list of elections in Norfolk. Note that the vote history page describes the areas covered by each division.
    • 2. "Norwich" or "Yarmouth" as required.
  6. Select required election.

Examples of Norfolk Poll Book entries (for Dunston) show what information is available for a typical small village.

Notes


See also the main Voting page.

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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
June 2012