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Norfolk: Kings Lynn Voting Registers

King's Lynn elected 2 people to represent the Borough in Parliament from at least 1298 until 1885 after which only one person was elected. Before the secret ballot of 1872 Poll Books were published for many contested elections indicating how the voters (only Freemen of the Borough until 1832) voted.

Entries are followed by the description & publishing information where known.

Notes

  1. 1747 - Candidates and Votes polled were:-
  2. 1768 - Candidates and Votes polled were:-
  3. 1784 - Candidates and Votes polled were:-
  4. Freemen were the only people who could vote in the elections (until 1832) and larger numbers than usual were created by the Corporation just before certain elections. The number of freemen declined in the late 19th century.
  5. Norfolk Record Office Information Leaflet 35 (see link on page) is entitled Summary of the King's Lynn Borough Archives which has further details on freemen etc.
  6. People from "King's Lynn" also voted in the county elections.

Books

(No author)
A Calendar of the freemen of Lynn 1292-1836.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, 1913]

See also the main Voting page, County elections page and the Kings Lynn pages.

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Copyright © Mike Bristow.
August 2012