A copy of the poll for the Knights of the Shire for the county of Norfolk, taken at Norwich, Feb 18, 1714-15
|Sir Ralph Hare, Bart||H.||2840||No|
|Erasmus Earle, Esq;||E.||2635||No|
|Sir Jacob Astley, Bart||A.||3059||Yes|
|Thomas De Grey, Esq;||G.||3183||Yes|
[Printed by Henry Cross-grove, 1715]
The Poll Book contains the following information :-
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 Landitch [sic, ie. Launditch] Hundred; Beeston Saint Laurence in Tunstead Hundred; which are not distinguish'd in the Original Poll-Books: And therefore to avoid mistakes, the Freeholds 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 observ'd, 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 Freeholders under each Town; the Second, the Place of their Residence, (when different from that of their Freehold) 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.
The book contains the following (where "A" is Acle to Aylsham etc.):-
|Uncertainties||-County Freeholders resident in Norwich-|
[Page] 274 Norfolk POLL, 1714
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