Southwark (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County London
19501974 (1974)
Number of members One
Created from Southwark Central, Southwark North and Southwark South East
Number of members Two
Type of constituency Borough constituency

Southwark (Br [ˈsʌðɨk])[1] was a parliamentary constituency centred on the Southwark district of South London. It returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the English Parliament from 1295 to 1707, to the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800, and to the Parliament of the United Kingdom until the constituency's abolition for the 1885 general election.

The constituency was re-established as a single-member seat for the 1950 general election, and abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Southwark in the Metropolitan area, showing boundaries used from 1868 to 1885.
Southwark in the Parliamentary County of London, showing boundaries used from 1950 to 1974.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1295–1640[edit]

Parliament First member Second member
1386[2] Henry Thymelby William Beeche
1388 (Feb)[2] John Northampton William Porter
1388 (Sep)[2] Roger Chandler Richard atte Vine
1390 (Jan)[2] William Wintringham John Mucking
1390 (Nov)
1391[2] William Spalding Walter Segrave
1393[2] John Solas Thomas Solas
1395[2] John Solas John Mucking
1397 (Jan)[2] Thomas atte Gill John Mucking
1397 (Sep)[2] William Derby John Mucking
1399[2] Ralph Spalding John Parker
1402[2] John Gofaire John Mucking
1404 (Jan)
1404 (Oct)
1406[2] John Baker Thomas Spencer
1407[2] Thomas Colman John Deken
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May)[2] William Horton Thomas Spencer
1414 (Apr)[2] John William John Welles
1414 (Nov)[2] John Solas William Kirton
1415[2] William Redstone Thomas Spencer
1416 (Mar)[2] John Solas John Mucking
1416 (Oct)
1417[2] William Kirton John Deken
1419[2] Robert William John Welles
1420[2] William Kirton John Deken
1421 (May)[2] William Redstone John Deken
1421 (Dec)[2] Thomas Dewy Thomas Lucas
1510–1523[3] No names known
1529 [3] Sir John Shilston, died 1530 Robert Acton
1536[3] Thomas Bulla  ?
1539[3] Sir Richard Long Robert Acton
1542[3] Robert Acton Thomas Bulla
1545[3]  ? William Gyllam
1547[3] Sir John Gates,
repl. by Jan 1552 by John Sayer
Richard Fulmerston
1553 (Mar)[3] John Eston John Sayer
1553 (Oct)[3] Humphrey Colet John Sayer
1554 (Apr)[3] John Eston John Sayer
1554 (Nov)[3] John Eston John Sayer
1555[3] John Eston Humphrey Colet
1558[3] John Eston Robert Freeman
1559 [4] John Eston Robert Freeman
1562/3 [4] Thomas Cure Oliffe Burr
1571 [4] Thomas Cure William Wilson
1572 [4] Oliffe Burr Thomas Way
1584 [4] Thomas Way Richard Hutton
1586 [4] Thomas Cure Richard Hutton
1588/9 [4] Richard Hutton William Pratt
1593 [4] Hugh Browker Richard Hutton
1597 [4] Edmund Bowyer Richard Hutton
1601 [4] Mathew Dale Zachariah Locke
1604–1611 Sir George Rivers William Counden
1614 Edward Coxe Richard Yarward
1621 Richard Yarward Robert Bromfield
1624 Richard Yarward Robert Bromfield
1625 Richard Yarward William Coxe
1626 Richard Yarward William Coxe
1628 Richard Yarward William Coxe
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned

MPs 1640–1885[edit]

Election First Member First Party Second Member Second Party
November 1640 Edward Bagshawe Royalist John White[5] Parliamentarian
January 1644 Bagshawe disabled from sitting – seat vacant
1645 George Thomson George Snelling
1653 Southwark was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Samuel Highland Robert Warcup
1656 Peter De La Noy
January 1659 George Thomson Andrew Brewer
April 1660 John Langham Sir Thomas Bludworth
1661 George Moore
1666 Sir Thomas Clarges
1679 Sir Richard How Peter Rich
1685 Sir Peter Daniel Anthony Bowyer
1689 John Arnold Sir Peter Rich
1690 Anthony Bowyer
1695 Sir Charles Cox Whig
1698 John Cholmley
January 1712 Edmund Halsey[6]
February 1712 Sir George Matthews
1713 John Lade Fisher Tench[7] Whig
1722 George Meggott Edmund Halsey
1724 by-election[8] John Lade
1727 Sir Joseph Eyles
1730 by-election[9] Thomas Inwen
1734 George Heathcote
1741 Ralph Thrale
1743 by-election[10] Alexander Hume
1747 William Belchier
1754 William Hammond
1761 Joseph Mawbey[11] Alexander Hume
1765 by-election[12] Henry Thrale
1774 Nathaniel Polhill
1780 Sir Richard Hotham
1782 by-election[13] Henry Thornton Independent
April 1784 Sir Barnard Turner
June 1784 by-election[14] Paul le Mesurier
May 1796 George Woodford Thellusson[15] Whig
December 1796 by-election[15] George Tierney Whig
1806 Sir Thomas Turton, Bt
1812 Charles Calvert Whig
1815 by-election[16] Charles Barclay
1818 Sir Robert Thomas Wilson Whig
Aug 1830 John Rawlinson Harris
Nov 1830 by-election[17] Charles Calvert Whig
1831 William Brougham Whig
1832 John Humphery Whig
1835 Daniel Whittle Harvey Radical
1840 by-election[18] Benjamin Wood Whig
1845 by-election[19] Sir William Molesworth Radical
1852 Apsley Pellatt Whig
1855 by-election Sir Charles Napier Liberal
1857 John Locke Liberal
1860 by-election[20] Austen Henry Layard Liberal
1870 by-election[21] Marcus Beresford Conservative
1880 by-election[22] Edward George Clarke Conservative
1880 Arthur Cohen Liberal James Edwin Thorold Rogers Liberal
1885 constituency abolished: see Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and Southwark West

MPs 1950–1974[edit]

Election Member Party
1950 George Isaacs Labour
1959 Ray Gunter Labour
1972 by-election Harry Lamborn Labour
Feb 1974 constituency abolished


  1. ^ "Southwark", in The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World (1952), New York: Columbia University Press.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  5. ^ Died January 1645; the writ to fill both vacancies was issued in August 1645
  6. ^ On petition, Halsey was found not to have been duly elected, and a new election was held
  7. ^ Created a baronet, August 1715
  8. ^ The by-election in January 1724 was caused by death of George Meggott
  9. ^ The by-election in January 1730 was caused by death of Edmund Halsey
  10. ^ The by-election in June 1743 was caused by death of Thomas Inwen
  11. ^ Mawbey was created a baronet in July 1765
  12. ^ The by-election in December 1765 was caused by death of William Hammond
  13. ^ The by-election in December 1782 was caused by death of Nathaniel Polhill
  14. ^ The by-election in June 1784 was caused by death of Sir Barnard Turner
  15. ^ a b Thellusson's election in May 1796 was declared void in November 1796; a by-election was held at which he was re-elected but he was found to be ineligible to sit and Tierney was declared elected in his place
  16. ^ The by-election in February 1815 was caused by death of Henry Thornton
  17. ^ The by-election in November 1830 was caused by death of John Rawlinson Harris
  18. ^ The by-election in January 1840 was caused by the resignation of Daniel Whittle Harvey
  19. ^ The by-election in September 1845 was caused by the death of Benjamin Wood
  20. ^ The by-election in December 1860 was caused by the death of Sir Charles Napier
  21. ^ The by-election in February 1870 was caused by the resignation of Austen Henry Layard
  22. ^ The by-election in December 1880 was caused by the death of John Locke

Election results[edit]