How Bedfordshire Voted, 1685-1735: The Evidence of Local Poll Books
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316 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

9 b/w, 1 line illus.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 85

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

How Bedfordshire Voted, 1685-1735: The Evidence of Local Poll Books

Volume I: 1685-1715

by James Collett-White

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The third volume in BHRS's series of poll books and covers the years from the fall of Walpole to the rise of William Pitt the younger.

This is the first volume of BHRS's series of late seventeenth and early eighteenth century poll books. Poll books tell the story of local people and their link with national history. This book is the first in a series by BHRS containing transcripts of the poll books for the county and borough seats of Bedford, and also includes some election accounts showing candidates' expenditure.
The introductory commentary gives an insight into political influences in Bedfordshire during the seminal period of English history from the Glorious Revolution to the accession of George I. It enables comparisons and political trends to be detected, including allegiances of regions of the county and parishes, the survival of the Tory party, the political allegiance of Anglican clergy and the role of Protestant nonconformists. Major landowners were important in Bedfordshire politics, but not dominant, and local gentry played a crucial role.
The transcriptions list all those who voted in four county and one borough election. The 8,500 names, fully indexed, will give unparalleled information on local landholding and help family historians find ancestors between the 1671 Hearth Tax and the 1841 Census.
1685 Election
1695 Election
1698-1705 Elections
1708-1715 Elections

James Collett-White is an archivist and has worked at the Isle of Wight Record Office (1970-1974), Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service (1975-2012) and has been Archivist to Sir Samuel Whitbread since 1997. He has contributed to several BHRS volumes and was, for a short time, the Society's general editor. He has published articles to celebrate the hundredth anniversaries of Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service and BHRS and researches, lectures and writes on history in Bedfordshire. He is working with Bob Ricketts and David Newman on another volume for BHRS on the Turner family of Milton Ernest.

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9780851550718

October 2006

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Title Details

316 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

9 b/w, 1 line illus.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 85

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society