Norfolk: Thetford Voting Registers
(& Voters in Thetford)
There are very few registers of voters for the election
of members of parliament for this borough. Two members (also
known as burgesses) were
elected from at least 1529 to 1868 when it was disenfranchised.
For information on who was elected to serve and election dates see the
Wikipedia Thetford_(UK_Parliament_constituency) page
and the History of Parliament website (with links to
The following dates are significant for this borough.
- Up to 1832 - 2 MP's elected by a corporation of 31 people.
- 1832 - No of electors increased by addition of
124 £10 householders.
- 1868 - Lost its right to elect any MP's.
Freeholders in the town (part of which is in Suffolk) voted in the
county elections of Norfolk and Suffolk depending on where
their freeholds lay.
County of Norfolk elections
The following is a list of elections which have been transcribed.
Others polls and registers can be found in
main list of county elections. As well as
people living in Thetford there were others voting because of a freehold
held there eg. in 1734 we have Roger Wright in Warwickshire.
- Copy of the Poll for the election of two knights of the shire
for Norfolk taken at Norwich on Feb 18th 1714/5
- Copy of the poll for the knights of the shire for the
county of Norfolk, taken at Norwich, May 22, 1734
- A copy of the poll for the knights of the shire for the
county of Norfolk, taken at Norwich, March 23, 1768
County of Suffolk elections
The following is a list of only those polls which have been transcribed.
In each there are entries under Thetford (in Suffolk) and
also people residing in other places but voting because of a freehold
held in that part of Thetford in Suffolk.
- 1. The Patron of this borough was the Duke of Grafton and hence many
of the Fitzroy family are found elected unopposed (see Wikipedia
- 2. The number of voters (who elected the Thetford MP's) in 1831 was 31.
The Corporation was comprised of the Mayor, ten aldermen (or
principal burgesses) and the Commonality (twenty men). These
burgesses elected two people to serve in parliament. This
privelege was confirmed in the reign of Elizabeth I.
- 3. See the
British History pages for more information
including a list of MPs.
See also the
main Voting page
These pages are for personal use only. They may not be copied, and
the links within them may not be harvested for use on your own web
pages. Please see the
Copyright © Mike Bristow.