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Great Yarmouth returned two members (also known as burgesses) to parliament. To vote before 1832 one had to be a freemen of the Borough.

Following the Reform Act in 1832 the number of voters was estimated at :- 1063 Freemen, 492 £10 house holders in Yarmouth, and 144 £10 house holders in Gorleston in all totalling 1,699.

The following is a list of poll books and election registers. The description is followed by publishing information where known and links to transcriptions.

  • 1754 - [896 voters]
  • 1756
    • Charles Townshend beat Richard Fuller - No known list of voters.
  • 1761
    • Charles Townshend and Sir Edward Walpole elected unopposed.
  • 1765
    • Charles Townshend elected unopposed.
  • 1768
    • Election - Charles Townshend and Richard Walpole elected unopposed.
  • 1770
    • Charles Townshend elected unopposed.
  • 1774
    • Charles Townshend and Richard Walpole beat William Beckford and Sir Charles Saunders
  • 1777 - [701+ voters]
  • 1780
    • Charles Townshend and Richard Walpole elected unopposed.
  • 1783
    • Charles Townshend elected unopposed.
  • 1784
    • Sir John Jervios and Henry Beaufoy elected unopposed.
  • 1790 - [712 voters]
  • 1795 - [829 voters]
  • 1796
    • 25th May - Lord Charles Townshend and Stephens Howe elected unopposed.
  • 1796 - [975 voters]
  • 1802
    • Sir Thomas Troubridge, Bt. and Thomas Jervis elected unopposed.
  • 1806
    • Hon. Edward Harbord and Stephen Lushington elected unopposed.
  • 1807
  • 1808
    • 25th June - Giffin Wilson elected unopposed on retirement of Mr Lushington.
  • 1812 - [740 voters]
  • 1818 - [1408 voters]
  • 1819
    • 11th Feb - The Hon. George Anson replaced his brother Thomas when he became "Lord Anson".
  • 1820 - [1411 voters]
  • 1826 - [893+ voters]
  • 1830
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on Friday and Saturday, 30th and 31st of July, 1830: with the candidates addresses, squibs, songs, &c.
      • [Great Yarmouth: J. Barnes, 1830]
  • 1831
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 29/30th Apr
  • 1832
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 10/11th December.
  • 1832-3
    • Register of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1833
    • The register of electors for any election which may take place, for members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, between 1/Nov/1833 and 1/Nov/1834.

      • Online images available at :- Familysearch
  • 1834
    • The register of electors for any election which may take place, for members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, between 1/Nov/1834 and 1/Nov/1835.

      • Online images available at :- Familysearch
  • 1835
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 6/7th Jan
    • The register of electors for any election which may take place, for members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, between 1/Nov/1835 and 1/Nov/1836
      • Online images available at :- Familysearch
  • 1836
    • The register of electors for any election which may take place, for members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, between 1/Nov/1836 and 1/Nov/1837.

      • Online images available at :- Familysearch
  • 1837
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 25th July 1837
    • The poll of the Freeholders registered in Great Yarmouth only, for two Knights of the Shire for the Eastern division of Norfolk taken 8th & 9th Aug 1837.
    • Registers of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1838
    • The poll for a member to serve in parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on Thursday, the 23rd day of August, 1838: candidates; William Wilshere, Esq., Thomas Baring, Esq.
  • 1841
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 29th June 1841
  • 1843 [-]/1844 [Gooch]/1846 [Gooch]/1847 [Gooch]
    - Register of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1847
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 29th July 1847
  • 1848 - Freemen voting stopped.
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on taken 8th July 1848

  • 1848 [Gooch and Son]/1849 [C. Barber]/1850 [Charles Sloman]
    - Registers of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1851 [John Cooper]/1852 [John Cooper]
    - Registers of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1852
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 8th July

  • 1853 [John Cooper]/1855 [John Cooper]/1856 [J. Cooper]
    - Register of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1857
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 28th March,1857
  • 1858 [John Cooper]/1859 [J. Cooper]
    - Register of electors online at :- Familysearch
  • 1859
    • The poll for two members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, taken on 29th Apr 1859

      [Bibliopolis CD Books, 2005]
  • 1865
  • 1867
    • Borough of Great Yarmouth was disenfranchised (ie. lost its right) to send members to Parliament.
  • 1885-1913
    • County Electoral Registers
  • post 1914
    • There are many Electoral Registers after this date.

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.

Notes


See also the main Voting page and the Great Yarmouth pages (which includes a book listing freemen).

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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
July 2012