Norfolk: Voting Registers


Poll 1768 by J.Crouse

- Owners and Occupiers -

A copy of the poll for the knights of the shire for the county of Norfolk, taken at Norwich, March 23, 1768 taken before William Woodley Esq., High Sheriff

The Poll Book contains the following information :-


{ Sir Armine Wodehouse, Bart.
{ Thomas De Grey Esq.
and     { Sir Edward Astley, Bart.
    { Wenman Coke Esq.

List of the Hundreds and Boroughs, as disposed in the different Booths, for taking the Poll.

No. 1 Clavering, Loddon. Henstead
    2 Depwade, Earsham
    3 Diss, Guiltcross
    4 Shropham, Borough of Thetford, Wayland.
    5 Freebridge Lynn, Borough of Lynn, Freebridge Marshland.
    6 East and West Flegg, Borough of Yarmouth.
    7 South Greenhoe, Grimshoe.
    8 Forehoe, Humbleyard.
    9 Tunstead, Happing.
  10 Blofield, Taverham, Walsham.
  11 North and South Erpingham.
  12 Holt, Eynsford.
  13 Brothercross, North Greenhoe, Smithdon.
  14 Clackclose, Launditch.
  15 Gallow Mitford.

Printed by J. Crouse 1768


The Hundreds, and Towns in each Hundred, are set in alphabetical Order; and so are all the resident FREEHOLDERS under each Town.
Each Page consists of seven Columns. The first contains the Names of the resident FREEHOLDERS in each Town; the second, the Places of FREEHOLDS, and Hundreds in which such places lie when diferent from those of RESIDENCE; the third, the Names of the OCCUPIERS, where Freeholds are not in the Occupation of the Persons voting; or the Nature of the Freehold, as Rectory, Vicarage or Annuity; 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.

Note that the votes cast have not been transcribed here, but are available in the W.Chase poll book transcription.

The book contains the following:-

Hundreds and Boroughs

Norfolk Norfolk
    1 to 4 Blofield
    4 to 6 Brothercross
    7 to 13 Clackclose (Clackcloss)
  14 to 17 Clavering
  17 to 20 Depwade
  21 to 24 Diss
Docking (see Smithdon)
  24 to 28 Earsham
  29 to 33 Erpingham, North
  34 to 39 Erpingham, South
  40 to 45 Eynsford
  45 to 57
    (47 to 57)
Flegg, East
(Great Yarmouth)
  57 to 59 Flegg, West
  59 to 65 Forehoe
  65 to 74
    (67 to 72)
Freebridge Lynn
Borough of King's Lynn
  74 to 77 Freebridge Marshland
  77 to 81 Gallow
  81 to 86 Greenhoe, North
  86 to 89 Greenhoe, South
  90 to 93 Grimshoe
    93 to 96 Guiltcross
    96 to 99 Happing
  100 to 102 Henstead
  102 to 108 Holt
  108 to 110 Humbleyard
    (67 to 72) Borough of King's Lynn
(Part of Freebridge Lynn)
  110 to 116 Launditch
  117 to 120 Loddon
  120 to 125 Mitford
  154 to 161 Norwich
  125 to 131
    (130 to 131)
Borough of Thetford
  131 to 134 Smithdon
  135 to 137 Taverham
    (130 to 131) Borough of Thetford
(Part of Shropham)
  137 to 142 Tunstead
  143 to 145 Walsham
  145 to 148 Wayland
      47 to 57 Borough of Great Yarmouth
(Part of East Flegg)
Non- Norfolk Counties Non- Norfolk Counties
+ City of Norwich
Page Nos Counties
  149 to 150 Cambridgeshire and
Isle of Ely
  150 Derbyshire
  150 to 151 Essex
  151 Gloucestershire
  151 Hampshire
  151 Hertfordshire
  151 Huntingdonshire
  151 Kent
  151 Lancashire
  151 to 152 Lincolnshire
Page Nos Counties
  152 to 153 London and Westminster
  153 Middlesex
  153 Northamptonshire
  153 to 154 Northumberland
  154 to 161 Norwich
  161 Oxfordshire
  161 to 166 Suffolk
  167 Surrey
  167 Warwickshire
  167 Worcestershire
  167 Uncertainties

Page 167 [continues]

E R R A T A.

  Page     35,   dele Austin Joseph, Denton, Ears. Tho. Norman, A. & C.
    75,   line 1,   for Flewer, read Hewer.
      10,   after Methwold, add Grim.
    76,       17,   for Dodds John, read Dobbs John
  120,       23,   for Bone Francis, A. & C. read W. & D. G.
  122,         9,   for 28--44--48--22 read 29--45--47--21.
  In the Advertisement, line 7,   for that, read those. (Corrected above)

[Page 168]

List of the Hundreds, with the Abbreviations Used.

[Hundreds] [Abbrev.] [Hundreds] [Abbrev.] [Hundreds] [Abbrev.]
Blofield Blo. Flegg West W. Flegg Holt Holt
Brothercross Bro. Forehoe Fore Humbleyard Hum.
Clackclose Clac. Freebridge Lynn Fr. L. Launditch Laun.
Clavering Clav. Freebridge Marshland Fr. M. Loddon Lod.
Depwade Dep. Gallow Gall. Mitford Mit.
Diss Diss. Greenhoe North N. Gr. Smithdon Smith.
Earsham Ears. Greenhoe South S. Gr. Shropham Shrop.
Erpingham North N. Erp. Grimshoe Grim. Taverham Tav.
Erpingham South S. Erp. Guiltcross Guilt. Tunstead Tuns.
Eynsford Eyns. Happing Hap. Walsham Wals.
Flegg East E. Flegg Henstead Hens. Wayland Way.

N. B. The Market Towns are Printed in Capitals, and such Places as send Members to Parliament are distinguished by this Mark *.

Pages 168-172

An Alphabetical LIST of the TOWNS in the County of NORFOLK, shewing the different Hundreds in which they lie, and the Page in which each Town is to be found.

N. B. No resident Freeholder, from any Town against which no Number is set, gave his Vote at the late Election.

[List not transcribed but included :-]

  * Castle Rising = Fr. L. 66,
  [* Norwich (absent see Note 4)]
  * YARMOUTH (Great) = E. Flegg. 47
  * LYNN KING's = Fr. L. 67,
  * THETFORD = Shrop. 130,

Pages 172
List of Counties (outside Norfolk) and the pages on which they occur.
[Information already given above]

Add to the foregoing List of the Towns &c. Belaugh, Eyns. p 40.

F   I   N   I   S

[End of Poll Book]


  • 1. Names of people in this document seem to be as heard and copied down by the clerks/publishers agents. This can be illustrated because W. Chase also published just the list of voters.
  • 2. Some variation will be found in the names of the places in the book.
  • 3. Docking Hundred parishes are included under Smithdon.
  • 4. People with Freeholds in "Norwich City and County of the City" are not in the book as it was a County election. Note that many residents held Freeholds outside the City so were able to vote (see Pages 154-161).
  • 5. Sir Edward Astley, Bart. and Thomas De Grey Esq. were elected.
  • 6. Under the "Occupiers column" will be found the following with numbers in brackets :-
    Vicarage (40), Annuity (5), Rectory (183) and Empty (3).
    There are approximately 2957 occupiers names which excludes owner occupiers.

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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
February 2011