South Hampshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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South Hampshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
CountyHampshire
18321885
Number of membersTwo
Replaced byNew Forest
Fareham
Winchester (minor addition to)[1]
Created fromHampshire

South Hampshire (formally the Southern division of Hampshire) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Hampshire, which returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the bloc vote system.

It was created under the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, and abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1832-1885: The Petty Sessional Divisions of Fareham, Lymington, RIngwood, Romsey and Southampton, and the Town and County of the Town of Southampton.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 The Viscount Palmerston Liberal[3] Sir George Staunton, Bt Liberal
1835 John Willis Fleming Conservative Henry Combe Compton Conservative
1842 by-election Lord Charles Wellesley Conservative
1852 Lord William Cholmondeley Conservative
1857 Sir Jervoise Clarke-Jervoise Whig[4] Hon. Ralph Dutton Conservative
1859 Liberal
1865 Henry Hamlyn-Fane Conservative
1868 Hon. William Temple Liberal Lord Henry Montagu-Douglas-Scott Conservative
1880 Francis Compton Conservative
1884 by-election Sir Frederick Fitzwygram, Bt Conservative
1885 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1850s[edit]

General Election 1852: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Cholmondeley Unopposed
Conservative Henry Combe Compton Unopposed
Registered electors 5,694
Conservative hold
Conservative hold
General Election 1857: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ralph Dutton Unopposed
Whig Jervoise Clarke-Jervoise Unopposed
Registered electors 5,525
Conservative hold
Whig gain from Conservative
General Election 1859: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ralph Dutton Unopposed
Liberal Jervoise Clarke-Jervoise Unopposed
Registered electors 5,865
Conservative hold
Liberal hold

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1865: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Hamlyn-Fane Unopposed
Liberal Jervoise Clarke-Jervoise Unopposed
Registered electors 5,677
Conservative hold
Liberal hold
General Election 1868: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal William Cowper 2,797 25.4 N/A
Conservative Henry Douglas-Scott-Montagu 2,756 25.1 N/A
Liberal Clement Milward[6] 2,726 24.8 N/A
Conservative John Carpenter Garnier 2,716 24.7 N/A
Turnout 5,498 (est) 67.6 (est) N/A
Registered electors 8,135
Majority 41 0.4 N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
Majority 30 0.3 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Douglas-Scott-Montagu 3,878 42.1 −7.7
Liberal William Cowper-Temple 2,946 32.0 +6.6
Liberal Clement Swanston[7] 2,382 25.9 +1.1
Majority 932 10.1 +9.8
Turnout 6,542 (est) 68.3 (est) +0.7
Registered electors 9,578
Conservative hold Swing −2.5
Liberal hold Swing +5.2

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Francis Compton Unopposed
Conservative Henry Douglas-Scott-Montagu Unopposed
Registered electors 10,162
Conservative hold
Conservative gain from Liberal

Douglas-Scott-Montagu resigned, causing a by-election.

By-election, 23 Jun 1884: South Hampshire [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Frederick Fitzwygram 4,209 60.3 N/A
Liberal William Henry Deverell[8] 2,772 39.7 N/A
Majority 1,437 20.6 N/A
Turnout 6,981 67.8 N/A
Registered electors 10,296
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Sources[edit]

  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 1)
  • Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 393. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 https://archive.org/stream/publicgeneralac01walegoog#page/n159/mode/2up/search/colchester at transcribed renumbered page 161 of 200
  2. ^ "The statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 2 & 3 William IV. Cap. LXIV. An Act to settle and describe the Divisions of Counties, and the Limits of Cities and Boroughs, in England and Wales, in so far as respects the Election of Members to serve in Parliament". London: His Majesty's statute and law printers. 1832. pp. 300–383. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  3. ^ Craig does not distinguish between Whigs, Radical and Liberals. They are all labelled as Liberals
  4. ^ "Hampshire Chronicle". 21 March 1857. p. 5. Retrieved 4 August 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book)|format= requires |url= (help) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 394–395. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.
  6. ^ "Advertisements and Notices". Hampshire Telegraph. 18 November 1868. p. 1. Retrieved 15 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ "South Hants Election". Hampshire Advertiser. 4 February 1874. p. 4. Retrieved 31 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  8. ^ "South Hampshire Election". Salisbury and Winchester Journal. 21 June 1884. p. 8. Retrieved 20 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).