John Pritchard (MP)

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John Pritchard (1797 – 19 August 1891)[1] was an English lawyer, banker and Conservative Party politician from Broseley (and later Stanmore), near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.[2]

After the death of his father in 1837, he gave up the law and with his brother George (died 1861) he worked at Vickers, Son & Pritchard, the bank in which his father had been partner. The bank's offices were in Broseley and in the nearby town of Bridgnorth, and it was taken over in 1888 by Lloyds Bank.[3] Pritchard was a close friend of the architect John Ruskin,[4] who visited Pritchard at Broseley Hall,[4] one of several properties inherited from his brother. Pritchard later moved to Stanmore Grove, another property inherited from his brother.[2]

He died in 1891, aged 94, having been a county magistrate and borough J.P. His estates were left to his wife Jane for her lifetime, and thereafter to William Pritchard Gordon, a partner in the bank.[5]

Political career[edit]

Pritchard was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Bridgnorth in Shropshire at an unopposed by-election on 23 March 1853,[6] after the 1852 general election result in that seat had been overturned on petition.[7]

He held the seat for the next 15 years, until he stood down at 1868 general election, having faced only one contested election, in 1865.[6]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
  2. ^ a b "The Pritchard Family and Businesses". Shropshire Archives. The National Archives. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Broseley". A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 10: Munslow Hundred (part), The Liberty and Borough of Wenlock. 1998. pp. 257–293. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b Anne, Amison. "The Sage At Badger: John Ruskin's Visits to Shropshire, 1850 & 1851". Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Probate Will, 15 June 1891, of John Pritchard of Stanmore, nr. Bridgnorth, esq". Shropshire Archives. The National Archives. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 59–60. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  7. ^ "No. 21426". The London Gazette. 1 April 1853. p. 950.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Robert Pigot
Henry Whitmore
Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth
With: Henry Whitmore to 1865
Sir John Dalberg-Acton 1865–1866
Henry Whitmore from 1866
Succeeded by
Henry Whitmore
(Only one seat from 1868)