Many people resident in Norfolk were entitled to vote in elections held in other counties, but they would have had to travel to the polling place to do so.
Of those entitled to vote many held freeholds in the counties that adjoined Norfolk ie. Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely, Lincolnshire and particularly Suffolk which has a shared boundary of over 60 miles.
These polls should not be overlooked as they can help with some family migration and land owning patterns. Later ones give occupiers names.
Some of the poll books printed before 1836 are given here. The transcriptions contain only those entries with a Norfolk link. Some places split between two counties will be found in full eg. Mendham, Rushford and Thetford are all on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. A few other places like Gorleston (in Suffolk but with later ties to Norfolk) have also been included.
1806, Oct 29th
Voters in these Poll Books would have had to own a freehold in Ipswich or be a Freeman of Ipswich. Generally there are a number of non-resident voters but these are only distinguished when there is another voter with the same name.
|Surname, Forename, Residence|
|Cook, Thomas, Yarmouth|
1818, 4th July
The "Voter No." was given to each person at the time of polling so "Day" voted before "Alexander".
|Surname, Forename, Residence||C||N||BA||BO|
|5||597||Alexander, William, Norwich|
|12||573||Day, William, Norwich|
|26||703||Smith, Richard, Gorlestone|
1820, 14th March
Nobody listed as living in Norfolk.
See also the main Voting page.
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