South East Lancashire (UK Parliament constituency)

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South East Lancashire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members two
Replaced by Eccles, Gorton, Heywood, Middleton, Prestwich, Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth, Stretford and Westhoughton
Created from South Lancashire

South East Lancashire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was represented by two Members of Parliament. The constituency was created by the Reform act of 1867 by the splitting of the South Lancashire constituency into South-West and South-East divisions.

The constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, being divided into eight single member divisions of Eccles, Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth, Gorton, Heywood, Middleton, Prestwich, Stretford and Westhoughton.


This constituency comprised the Salford hundred of Lancashire except for those parts of the hundred lying in the Parliamentary boroughs of Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Stalybridge.

Members of Parliament[edit]

  • Constituency created (1868)
Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1868 Algernon Egerton Conservative John Snowdon Henry Conservative
1874 Edward Hardcastle Conservative
1880 Robert Leake Liberal William Agnew Liberal
1885 Constituency abolished


1868 general election[edit]

General Election 1868: South East Lancashire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Algernon Egerton 8,290 27.4 N/A
Conservative John Snowdon Henry 8,012 26.5 N/A
Liberal Frederick Peel 7,024 23.2 N/A
Liberal H. Y. Thompson 6,953 23.0 N/A

1874 general election[edit]

General Election 1874: South East Lancashire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Algernon Egerton 9,187 27.7
Conservative Edward Hardcastle 9,015 27.2
Liberal Peter Rylands 7,464 22.5
Liberal J. E. Taylor 7,453 22.5

1880 general election[edit]

General Election 1880: South East Lancashire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert Leake 11,313 26.0
Liberal William Agnew 11,291 25.9
Conservative Algernon Egerton 10,569 24.2
Conservative Edward Hardcastle 10,419 23.9


  1. ^ a b c Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 413. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.