Bridgnorth was a parliamentary borough in Shropshire which was represented in the House of Commons of England from 1295 until 1707, then in the House of Commons of Great Britain until 1800, and in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 until its abolition in 1885.
It was represented by two burgesses until 1868, when it was reduced to one Member of Parliament (MP).
According to the 1881 census, the borough of Bridgnorth comprised the parishes of Quatford, part of Quatt, St. Leonard and St Mary (in Bridgnorth town), Astley Abbotts, Eardingdon, Oldbury, Romsley and Tasley. This was smaller than the municipal borough, which only contained the first four.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 1850s
Pigot's election was declared void on petition due to bribery, causing a by-election.
Whitmore was appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, requiring a by-election.
Elections in the 1860s
On 22 March 1866, after scrutiny, Dalberg-Acton was unseated and Whitmore was duly elected in his place.
Whitmore was then appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, requiring a by-election.
The seat was reduced to one member for the 1868 election.
Elections in the 1870s
Whitmore resigned, causing a by-election.
Elections in the 1880s
- Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) 
- D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
- Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) 
- David Hayton, 'The Country Party in the House of Commons 1698-1699', Parliamentary History, volume 6 (1987), 141-63
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 59–60. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
Notes and references
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- ^ 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 2011-10-26.
- ^ "BRUYN, John (d.c.1437), of Bridgnorth, Salop." History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History of Parliament". History of Parliament trust. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". History of Parliament trust. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- ^ Created a baronet, June 1641
- ^ Later Lieutenant-General
- ^ Later Admiral
- ^ The re-election of Sir Robert Pigot at the 1852 general election was voided on petition, triggering the 1853 by-election. A petition was also lodged against Henry Whitmore, but was dismissed.
- ^ a b The election in 1865 of Sir John Dalberg-Acton, Bt was overturned on petition in 1866, and in 1866 the seat was awarded instead to Henry Whitmore
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
- ^ "Miscellaneous News". Coventry Herald. 2 July 1852. p. 6. Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- ^ "The Parliamentary Election Inquiries". Leeds Times. 5 March 1853. p. 8. Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- ^ "Bridgnorth Election". Eddowes's Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales. 11 February 1874. p. 7. Retrieved 28 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- ^ "The General Election". Leicester Chronicle. 3 April 1880. p. 8. Retrieved 18 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).