North Lincolnshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Lincolnshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Lincolnshire
Number of members Two
Replaced by Brigg
Created from Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire, formally known as the Northern Division of Lincolnshire or as Parts of Lindsey, was a county constituency in the Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


The constituency was created by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election, and abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election. It was then split into six new single-seat constituencies: Brigg, Gainsborough, Horncastle, Louth, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford


1832-1868: The Parts of Lindsey.[1]

1868-1885: The Wapentakes, Hundreds, or Sokes of Manley, Yarborough, Bradley Haverstoe, Ludborough, Walshcroft, Aslacoe, Corringham, Louth Eske, and Calceworth, so much as lies within Louth Eske.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election First Member First Party Second Member Second Party
1832 Hon. Charles Anderson-Pelham[3] Liberal Sir William Amcotts-Ingilby, Bt Liberal
1835 Thomas Corbett Conservative
1837 Robert Christopher Conservative
Jan. 1847 by-election Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bt Conservative
1852 James Stanhope Conservative
1857 Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bt Liberal
1868 Rowland Winn Conservative
1874 Sir John Dugdale Astley, Bt Conservative
1880 Robert Laycock Liberal
Sep. 1881 by-election James Lowther Conservative
Jul. 1885 by-election Henry Atkinson Conservative
1885 Redistribution of Seats Act: constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1860s[edit]

General Election 1868: North Lincolnshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Montague Cholmeley Unopposed
Conservative Rowland Winn Unopposed
Registered electors 9,436
Liberal win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Elections in the 1870s[edit]

General Election 1874: North Lincolnshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Dugdale Astley Unopposed
Conservative Rowland Winn Unopposed
Registered electors 10,117
Conservative gain from Liberal
Conservative hold

Winn was appointed a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, requiring a by-election.

By-election, 16 Mar 1874: North Lincolnshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Rowland Winn Unopposed
Conservative hold

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: North Lincolnshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Robert Laycock 4,159 34.7 N/A
Conservative Rowland Winn 3,949 33.0 N/A
Conservative John Dugdale Astley 3,865 32.3 N/A
Majority 210 1.8 N/A
Turnout 8,066 (est) 75.8 (est) N/A
Registered electors 10,639
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Conservative hold Swing

Laycock's death caused a by-election.

By-election, 3 Sep 1881: North Lincolnshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Lowther 4,200 53.0 −12.3
Liberal George Tomline 3,729 47.0 +12.3
Majority 471 5.9 N/A
Turnout 7,929 71.7 −4.1 (est)
Registered electors 11,061
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing −12.3

Winn was elevated to the peerage, becoming Lord St Oswald, causing a by-election.

By-election, 13 July 1885: North Lincolnshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Henry Atkinson 4,052 58.5 −6.8
Liberal Henry Meysey-Thompson 2,872 41.5 +6.8
Majority 1,180 17.0 N/A
Turnout 6,924 66.4 −9.4
Registered electors 10,435
Conservative hold Swing −6.8


  1. ^ "The statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 2 & 3 William IV. Cap. XLV: An Act to amend the Representation of the People in England and Wales". London: His Majesty's statute and law printers. 1832. pp. 154–206. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Representation of the People Act 1867" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  3. ^ Styled Lord Worsley from 1837.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. p. 421. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3.