West Surrey (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Surrey
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County Surrey
Number of members Two
Replaced by Mid Surrey (part in 1868)
Chertsey, Guildford (remainder in 1885)
Created from Haslemere and Surrey

West Surrey (formally the Western division of Surrey) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Surrey, 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 for the 1885 general election.


The constituency consisted of the hundreds of Blackheath, Copthorne, Effingham, Elmbridge, Farnham, Godalming, Godley, Woking and Wotton. It was therefore the more extensive and more rural of the two divisions of Surrey established in 1832; Its main existing towns were urbanising with railway stations: Woking became a town towards the end of its existence. Elections were conducted at Guildford; other most populous towns comprised Leatherhead, Dorking, Epsom, Ewell, Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere, Chertsey, Egham, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge and Woking. (Guildford was a borough returning Members of Parliament in its own right, but freeholders within the borough boundaries could, nevertheless, vote for the county division if they did not qualify for a vote in the borough.)

Subdivision in 1885[edit]

On its abolition in 1885, what remained of West Surrey, land and populations having been taken away to contribute over half of Mid Surrey in 1868, was divided into two new single-member constituencies:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 William Denison Whig John Leach Whig
1835 Charles Barclay Conservative
1837 Hon. George Perceval Conservative
1840 by-election John Trotter Conservative
1847 Henry Drummond Conservative
1849 by-election William Evelyn Conservative
1857 John Ivatt Briscoe Liberal
1860 by-election George Cubitt Conservative
1870 by-election Lee Steere Conservative
1880 Hon. St John Brodrick Conservative
1885 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]