Norfolk Voting Registers - Poll 1734


A copy of the poll for the Knights of the Shire for the county of Norfolk, taken at Norwich, May 22, 1734 taken before William Woodley Esq., High Sheriff

The Poll Book contains the following information :-



Sir Edmund Bacon, BartB.ToryYes
William Wodehouse Esq;W.ToryYes
The Honourable Robert CokeC. No
William Morden Esq;M. No

Printed in the year MDCCXXXIV (1734)


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 Landish [sic, ie. Launditch] Hundred; Beeston St. Laurence in Tunstead Hundred; which are not distinguished in the original Poll-Books: And therefore to avoid mistakes, the Residences 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 observed, 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 Resident Freeholders in each Town; the second, the Freeholds when different from the Place of Residency. 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.):-

  Outside Norfolk (By County)Uncertainties


  • 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.

Searching this Poll Book

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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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January 2010