East Sussex (UK Parliament constituency)

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East Sussex
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members two
Replaced by Rye
East Grinstead
Created from Sussex

East Sussex (formally the Eastern division of Sussex) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Sussex, which returned two Members of Parliament 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, when the existing Sussex constituency was divided into two. It consisted of the rapes of Lewes, Pevensey and Hastings, an area broadly similar to but not identical with the modern county of East Sussex. The "place of election", where nominations were taken and the result declared, was Lewes.

East Sussex was abolished for the 1885 general election, being divided between four new single-member county constituencies, Rye, Eastbourne, East Grinstead and Lewes. (Lewes and Rye also absorbed the voters from the abolished boroughs of the same names.)


1832-1885: The Rapes of Lewes, Hastings and Pevensey.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 Hon. Charles Cavendish Whig Herbert Barrett Curteis Whig
1837 George Darby Conservative
1841 Augustus Fuller Conservative
1846 by-election Charles Frewen Conservative
March 1857 by-election Viscount Pevensey Conservative
April 1857 John George Dodson Whig
1859 Liberal
1865 Lord Edward Cavendish Liberal
1868 George Burrow Gregory Conservative
1874 Montagu Scott Conservative
1885 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1880: East Sussex[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative George Burrow Gregory 4,526 30.6 N/A
Conservative Montagu Scott 4,396 29.8 N/A
Liberal Alexander Donovan 2,982 20.2 N/A
Liberal John Pearson 2,863 19.4 N/A
Majority 1,414 9.6 N/A
Turnout 7,384 (est) 72.3 (est) N/A
Registered electors 10,214
Conservative hold
Conservative hold


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S., ed. (1977). British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (e-book) (1st ed.). London: Macmillan Press. pp. 470–471. ISBN 978-1-349-02349-3. 
  3. ^ "Berkshire". Daily News. 1 April 1880. p. 3. Retrieved 22 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).