Norfolk: Voting Registers - Poll 1714


A copy of the poll for the Knights of the Shire for the county of Norfolk, taken at Norwich, Feb 18, 1714-15



Sir Ralph Hare, BartH.2840No
Erasmus Earle, Esq;E.2635No
Sir Jacob Astley, BartA.3059Yes
Thomas De Grey, Esq;G.3183Yes

[Printed by Henry Cross-grove, 1715]

The Poll Book contains the following information :-




There are several Towns in the County of NORFOLK of the same Name, which lye in different Parts of the County; as Beeston in Taverham Hundred; Beeston in North-Erpingham Hundred; Beeston cum Bittering in Landitch [sic, ie. Launditch] Hundred; Beeston Saint Laurence in Tunstead Hundred; which are not distinguish'd in the Original Poll-Books: And therefore to avoid mistakes, the Freeholds of all the Beestons are put under the general Title of Beeston; and the like for other Towns of the same Name.



But where Distinctions are made in the Original Poll-Books, they are here observ'd, by annexing the initial Letter of the Distinction to the Person's Name.

The Towns are set in an Alphabetical Order; and so are all the Freeholders under each Town.

Each Page consists of Six Columns. The First contains the Names of the Freeholders under each Town; the Second, the Place of their Residence, (when different from that of their Freehold) the other Four have the initial Letters of the Candidates Names set at Top, and the Black Lines drawn under them shew how every Freeholder voted.

Towns and Parishes

The book contains the following (where "A" is Acle to Aylsham etc.):-

Uncertainties-County Freeholders resident in Norwich-

[Page] 274 Norfolk POLL, 1714

Summ ofHareEarleAstleyGrey
  A    81    65    93  112
  B  299  297  361  357
  C  149  134  146  167
  D  162  155  162  162
  E    63    52    84    91
  F  109  102  109  116
  G    73    71    95    94
  H  310  279  225  228
  I    19    17    30    31
  K    36    26    16    19
  L  135  129  251  255
  M  123  119  100  204
  N    53    49    33    37
  O    41    33    32    38
  P    38    34    30    55
  Q      -      -      1      1
  R  106    99  218  223
  S  308  285  320  326
  T  176  163  174  184
  U    31    31    10    10
  W  325  305  307  322
  Y  189  177  251  259
  Uncertain    14    13    11    12



  • 1. Some variation will be found in the names of the places in the book. With each section a list of places with their standard spelling is given. If that in the book differs then it is given in brackets () following. The reverse in true in the transcription of the actual Poll Book so that places are found with a search.
  • 2. Docking Hundred parishes are included under Smithdon.
  • 3. Page numbers in the book are numbered [iii], [iv], [v], 6, 7, etc. with "Uncertainties" finishing on page 273. These are followed by the tables of statistics (page 274) listed above. The book concludes with voters residing in Norwich contained on pages 275 to 283.

Searching this Poll Book

Use the Genuki-NFK "Contents & Search" button linked from the top of the page and then use "Search GENUKI Norfolk" box and type in the following three words (separated by spaces):-
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The following abbreviations are used for the Hundreds throughout the Poll Book. Note that some may vary slightly from those given below eg. Mitt/Mitf both indicate Mitford.

Blof H.Blofield
Brot H.Brothercross
Clack. H.Clackclose
Clav. H.Clavering
Dep. H.Depwade
Diss H.Diss
Dock. H.Docking
E. Fleg. H.East Flegg
Ears. H.Earsham
Eyns. H.Eynesford
Fore. H.Forehoe
Freb. L. H.Freebridge
Free. M.Freebridge
Gall. H.Gallow
Grim. H.Grimshoe
Guilt. H.Guiltcross
Hap. H.Happing
Hens. H.Henstead
Holt H.Holt
Humb. H.Humbleyard
Land. H.Launditch
Lod. H.Loddon
Mitf. H.Mitford
N. Erp. H.North
N. Green H.North
NorwichCity of
Shrop. H.Shropham
Smith. H.Smithdon
S. Erp. H.South
S. Green. H.South Greenhoe
Tav. H.Taverham
ThetfordBorough of
Tuns H.Tunstead
Wals. H.Walsham
Wey. H.Wayland
W. Fleg. H.West Flegg
YarmouthBorough of
Great Yarmouth

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

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April 2012