King's Lynn (UK Parliament constituency)

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King's Lynn
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1918February 1974
Number of members one
Replaced by North West Norfolk
1298–1918
Number of members two (1298–1885), one (1885–1918)
Type of constituency Borough constituency

King's Lynn was a constituency in Norfolk, known as Lynn or Bishop's Lynn prior to 1537, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1885, and one member thereafter. Until 1918 it was a parliamentary borough, after which the name was transferred to a county constituency. It was abolished for the February 1974 general election.

Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister, was an MP for the constituency for almost the entirety of his parliamentary career, from 1702 to 1742.

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1950: The Borough of King's Lynn, the Urban Districts of New Hunstanton and Walsoken, the Rural Districts of Docking, Freebridge Lynn, King's Lynn, and Marshland (except the parishes of Outwell and Upwell), and in the Rural District of Downham the parishes of Wiggenhall St Germans, Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin, Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen, and Wiggenhall St Peter.

1950-1974: The Borough of King's Lynn, the Urban District of New Hunstanton, and the Rural Districts of Docking, Freebridge Lynn, and Marshland.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs before 1640[edit]

Parliament First member Second member
1386 Edmund Beleyeter Thomas Morton [1]
1388 (Feb) Henry Betley Thomas Morton [1]
1388 (Sep) Edmund Beleyeter Thomas Drew [1]
1390 (Jan) Robert Waterden John Wace [1]
1390 (Nov) John Wentworth Thomas Waterden [1]
1391 Robert Botkesham John Kepe [1]
1393 Thomas Morton Thomas Brigge [1]
1394 Thomas Morton Thomas Drew [1]
1395 Thomas Waterden John Brandon [1]
1397 (Jan) Thomas Drew John Brandon [1]
1397 (Sep) John Wentworth Roger Rawlin [1]
1399 Robert Botkesham Thomas Waterden [1]
1401 Robert Botkesham Thomas Waterden [1]
1402 Thomas Fawkes Robert Brunham [1]
1404 (Jan) Thomas Drew John Wentworth [1]
1404 (Oct) John Brandon Thomas Drew [1]
1406 Thomas Brigge Thomas Derham [1]
1407 William Lok John Wesenham [1]
1410 John Spicer John Brown [1]
1411 Bartholomew Sistern Philip Frank [1]
1413 (Feb) William Halyate John Tilney [1]
1413 (May) William Halyate John Tilney [1]
1414 (Apr) John Bilney John Tilney [1]
1414 (Nov) John Spicer Andrew Swanton [1]
1415 Thomas Brigge John Tilney [1]
1416 (Mar) John Spicer Thomas Brigge [1]
1416 (Oct) William Herford John Warner [1]
1417 Robert Brunham Thomas Hunt [1]
1419 Philip Frank Walter Curson [1]
1420 Thomas Brigge Andrew Swanton [1]
1421 (May) Bartholomew Sistern John Parmenter [1]
1421 (Dec) John Waterden Robert Brandon [1]
1510 Thomas Gibbon Francis Monford[2]
1512 Francis Monford Thomas Wythe [2]
1515 Robert Soome Thomas Wythe [2]
1523 Thomas Miller Richard Bewcher [2]
1529 Thomas Miller Richard Bewcher
replaced Oct 1535 by Robert Southwell [2]
1536 Robert Southwell William Coningsby [2]
1539 Thomas Waters Robert Southwell [2]
1542 Thomas Waters Thomas Miller [2]
1545 Edmund Grey Thomas Miller [2]
1547 Thomas Gawdy William Overend
replaced Jan 1549 by George Amyas [2]
1553 (Mar) Sir Richard Corbet John Walpole [2]
1553 (Oct) John Walpole Thomas Waters [2]
1554 (Apr) Thomas Waters William Overend [2]
1554 (Nov) Sir Thomas Moyle Thomas Waters[2]
1555 Sir Nicholas L'Estrange Thomas Waters [2]
1558 Ambrose Gilberd, died
and replaced Sep 1558 by
William Telverton
Thomas Waters [2]
1558/9 Thomas Hogan Thomas Waters [3]
1562/3 (Sir) Robert Bell Richard L'Estrange [3]
1571 (Sir) Robert Bell John Kynne [3]
1572 (Sir) Robert Bell, died
and replaced Jan 1580 by
John Peyton
John Pell [3]
1584 (Mar) John Peyton Richard Clarke [3]
1586 (Oct) Richard Clarke Thomas Oxborough [3]
1588/9 Richard Clarke Thomas Boston [3]
1593 Sir John Peyton William Lewis [3]
1597 (Sep) Thomas Oxborough Nathaniel Bacon [3]
1601 Sir Robert Mansell Thomas Oxborough [3]
1604 Thomas Oxborough Robert Hitcham
1614 Matthew Clerke Thomas Oxborough
1621–1622 Matthew Clerke John Wallis
1624 John Wallis William Doughty
1625 Thomas Gurling John Cooke
1626 Thomas Gurling John Cooke
1628 William Doughty Sir John Hare
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned

MPs 1640–1885[edit]

Year First member First party Second member Second party
1640 (Apr) William Doughty Thomas Gurling
1640 (Nov) John Perceval Parliamentarian Thomas Toll Parliamentarian
1644 Perceval died – seat vacant
1646 Edmund Hudson
July 1647 Hudson expelled – seat vacant
1649 William Cecil (The Earl of Salisbury) [4]
1653 King's Lynn was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Major-General Philip Skippon Guybon Goddard
1656 Major-General John Desborough [5]
January 1659 Griffith Lloyd Thomas Toll
May 1659 William Cecil (The Earl of Salisbury) One seat vacant
April 1660 Sir Ralph Hare Edward Walpole
1661 Sir William Hovell
1668 Robert Wright
1670 John Coke
1673 Sir Francis North
1675 Robert Coke
1679 John Turner Sir Simon Taylor
1681 Sir Henry Hobart Whig
1685 Sir John Turner
1689 Sigismund Trafford
1690 Daniel Bedingfeld
1695 Sir Charles Turner
1702 Sir Robert Walpole [6] Whig
1712 John Turner
1713 Sir Robert Walpole Whig
1738 Sir John Turner
1742 Edward Bacon
1747 Horatio Walpole, junior Whig
1757 Hon. Horace Walpole
1768 Hon. Thomas Walpole
1774 Crisp Molineux
1784 Hon. Horatio Walpole [7]
1790 Sir Martin Browne ffolkes
1809 Lord Walpole
January 1822 Marquess of Titchfield
June 1822 John Walpole
1824 Marquess of Titchfield
1826 Lord William Bentinck Whig
1828 Lord George Bentinck Whig
1831 Lord William Pitt Lennox Whig
1832 Conservative
1835 Sir Stratford Canning Conservative
1842 by-election Viscount Jocelyn Conservative
1848 by-election Hon. Edward Stanley [8] Conservative
1854 by-election John Henry Gurney Whig
1859 Liberal
1865 Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton Liberal
1868 Hon. Robert Bourke Conservative
1869 by-election Lord Claud Hamilton Conservative
1880 Sir William Hovell Browne ffolkes Liberal
1885 Representation reduced to one Member

MPs 1885–1974[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Hon. Robert Bourke, later Baron Connemara Conservative
1886 by-election Alexander Weston Jarvis Conservative
1892 Thomas Gibson Bowles Conservative
1906 Carlyon Wilfroy Bellairs Liberal
1906 Conservative
January 1910 Thomas Gibson Bowles Liberal
December 1910 Holcombe Ingleby Conservative
1918 Sir Neville Paul Jodrell Conservative
1923 George Graham Woodwark Liberal
1924 Edmund Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy Conservative
1935 Somerset Arthur Maxwell Conservative
1943 Edmund Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy Conservative
1945 Frederick John Wise Labour
1951 Ronald Scott-Miller Conservative
1959 Denys Bullard Conservative
1964 Derek Page Labour
1970 Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler Conservative
1974 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

  • representation reduced to one member
Sir William ffolkes
General Election 1885: King's Lynn [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Bourke 1,472 53.1 n/a
Liberal William ffolkes 1,302 46.9 n/a
Majority 170 6.2 n/a
Turnout 89.7 n/a
Conservative win
General Election 1886: King's Lynn [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Bourke 1,417 55.3 +2.2
Liberal John Briscoe 1,146 44.7 -2.2
Majority 271 10.6 +4.4
Turnout 82.8 -6.9
Conservative hold Swing +2.2
King's Lynn by-election, 1886 [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Weston Jarvis 1,423 54.9
Liberal J H Sanders 1,168 45.1
Majority 255 9.8
Turnout 83.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: King's Lynn [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Gibson Bowles 1,319 50.2 -4.7
Liberal Thomas R. Kemp 1,308 49.8 +4.7
Majority 11 0.4 -9.4
Turnout 88.5 +4.8
Conservative hold Swing -4.7
Beaumont
General Election 1895: King's Lynn [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Gibson Bowles 1,395 51.3 +1.1
Liberal Hubert Beaumont 1,326 48.7 -1.1
Majority 69 2.6 +2.2
Turnout 91.3
Conservative hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: King's Lynn [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Thomas Gibson Bowles 1,499 52.9 +1.6
Liberal Frederick Handel Booth 1,332 47.1 -1.6
Majority 167 5.8 +3.2
Turnout 88.2 -3.1
Conservative hold Swing +1.6
C.W. Bellairs
General Election 1906: King's Lynn [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Carlyon Bellairs 1,506 43.8
Independent Conservative Thomas Gibson Bowles 1,164 33.8 n/a
Conservative Alan Hughes Burgoyne 772 22.4 n/a
Majority 342 10.0
Turnout 93.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: King's Lynn [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Thomas Gibson Bowles 1,900
Conservative Edward Cadogan 1,638
Majority
Turnout
Liberal hold Swing
General Election December 1910: King's Lynn [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Holcombe Ingleby 1,765
Liberal Thomas Gibson Bowles 1,668
Majority
Turnout
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

General Election 1914/15

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1914 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1918: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Unionist Neville Jodrell 10,146 50.9
Labour Robert Barrie Walker 9,780 49.1 N/A
Majority 366 1.8
Turnout 19,926 59.7
Registered electors 33,349
Unionist hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Neville Jodrell 9,862 37.2 −13.7
Labour Robert Barrie Walker 8,683 32.7 −16.4
Liberal Graham Woodwark 7,970 30.1 N/A
Majority 1,179 4.5 +2.7
Turnout 26,515 75.5 +15.8
Registered electors 35,131
Unionist hold Swing +1.4
General Election 1923: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Graham Woodwark 9,943 38.7 +8.6
Unionist Neville Jodrell 9,266 36.1 −1.1
Labour John Stevenson 6,488 25.2 −6.5
Majority 677 2.6 N/A
Turnout 25,697 71.9 −3.6
Registered electors 35,754
Liberal gain from Unionist Swing +4.9
General Election 1924: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Maurice Roche 11,710 41.6 +5.5
Liberal Graham Woodwark 9,184 32.6 −6.1
Labour John Stevenson 7,280 25.8 +0.6
Majority 2,526 9.0 N/A
Turnout 28,714 77.6 +5.7
Registered electors 36,289
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing +5.8
General Election 1929: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Maurice Roche 14,501 40.7 −0.9
Liberal William Bertram Mitford 10,806 30.3 −2.3
Labour Herbert Maynard 10,356 29.0 +3.2
Majority 3,695 10.4 +1.4
Turnout 35,663 79.1 +1.5
Registered electors 45,103
Unionist hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Maurice Roche 23,687 70.2
Labour David Freeman 10,054 29.8
Majority 13,633 40.4
Turnout 33,741 72.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1935: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Somerset Maxwell 17,492 50.0
Labour F Emerson 12,062 34.5
Liberal Frank Ongley Darvall 5,418 15.5
Majority 5,430 15.5
Turnout 34,972 71.7
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1939/40:

Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

King's Lynn by-election, 1943
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Edmund Roche 10,696 54.2 +4.2
Independent Labour Frederick Wise 9,027 45.8 N/A
Majority 1,669 8.4 −7.1
Turnout 9,723 39.8 −31.9
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1945: King's Lynn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Wise 18,202 48.7
Conservative Donald McCullough 14,928 39.9
Liberal Alexander Peckover Doyle Penrose 3,796 10.2
Independent Geoffrey Bowles 444 1.2
Majority 3,274 8.8
Turnout 73.3
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: King's Lynn[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frederick Wise 19,399 45.33 -3.37
Conservative Ronald Scott-Miller 19,129 44.70 +4.80
Liberal Richard Arden Winch 4,266 9.97 -0.23
Majority 270 0.63 -8.17
Turnout 42,794 83.84 +10.54
Registered electors 51,043
Labour hold Swing -4.09
General Election 1951: King's Lynn[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Scott-Miller 21,954 51.09 +6.39
Labour Frederick Wise 21,017 48.91 +3.58
Majority 937 2.18 N/A
Turnout 42,791 82.77 -1.07
Registered electors 51,914
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +1.41
General Election 1955: King's Lynn[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Ronald Scott-Miller 20,949 51.65 +0.56
Labour Hugh Lawson 19,611 48.35 -0.56
Majority 1,338 3.30 +1.12
Turnout 40,560 78.20 -4.57
Registered electors 51,867
Conservative hold Swing +0.56
General Election 1959: King's Lynn[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Denys Bullard 21,671 52.12 +0.47
Labour Colin Jackson 19,906 47.88 -0.47
Majority 1,765 4.25 +0.95
Turnout 41,577 79.76 +1.56
Registered electors 52,125
Conservative hold Swing +0.47

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: King's Lynn[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Page 21,460 50.12 +2.24
Conservative Denys Bullard 21,356 49.88 -2.24
Majority 104 0.24 N/A
Turnout 42,816 80.50 +0.74
Registered electors 53,186
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +2.24
General Election 1966: King's Lynn[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Derek Page 23,324 52.26 +2.14
Conservative Denys Bullard 21,305 47.74 -2.14
Majority 2,019 4.52 +4.28
Turnout 44,629 82.90 +2.40
Registered electors 53,832
Labour hold Swing +2.14

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: King's Lynn[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler 23,822 50.03 +2.29
Labour Derek Page 23,789 49.97 -2.29
Majority 33 0.07 N/A
Turnout 47,611 78.23 -4.67
Registered electors 60.857
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +2.29

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Salisbury had been a peer, sitting in the House of Lords, since 1612, but became eligible to sit in the Commons after the House of Lords was abolished
  5. ^ Desborough was also elected for Somerset
  6. ^ Walpole was expelled from the House of Commons in January 1712 for "a high Breach of trust and notorious corruption". He was re-elected at the ensuing by-election, but the Commons resolved that having been expelled he was not capable of being re-elected to the House in the same session. Rather than awarding the election to his opponent, the election was declared void and a new writ was issued.
  7. ^ Styled Lord Walpole from 1806
  8. ^ Styled Lord Stanley from 1851
  9. ^ a b c d e f g British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
  10. ^ a b Debrett's House of Commons & Judicial Bench, 1916
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  12. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1951". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1955". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1959". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
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  16. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
None
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
1721–1742
Succeeded by
vacant. Next was Sussex in 1743