How Bedfordshire Voted, 1735-1784
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332 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

11 colour, 4 line illus.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 90

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

How Bedfordshire Voted, 1735-1784

The Evidence of Local Documents and Poll Books

by James Collett-White

Edited 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 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. It was a period when Britain was constantly at war, when it suffered a dangerous Jacobite rebellion and when the American colonies were lost. Yet this constant warfare did not produce the revolutionary changes to the national and local economy that the Napoleonic wars subsequently created.
There is only one complete poll book for the county (1774) but surviving lists from Bedford borough, including a partial poll book of 1747, enable political allegiance to be gauged. Lack of contested elections does not mean an absence of political activity. Detectable trends are illustrated from the Duke of Bedford's archives and the Hardwicke manuscripts in the British Library. They include the attempts of the Duke to increase his powers, which were successfully challenged by Bedford borough by the creation in 1769 of many new out-of-town freemen to detach it from his influence; the decline of formerly prominent political families; and, from the 1760s, the rise of the Whitbreads.
The volume also details the political dimensions of the litigation over the appointment of the rector of St John's, Bedford; the administration of the Harpur Trust; and turnpike and enclosure acts.
Bedfordshire and the fall of Walpole, 1734-1741
National and local politics, 1741-1747
The 1747 election
National and local politics, 1747-1754
National and local politics, 1754-1761
National and local politics, 1761-1768
National and local politics, 1768-1774
The 1774 election
The 1774 county poll
National and local politics, 1774-1784
Appendix 1: The constitution of the borough of Bedford in the 1740s
Appendix 2: Local legislation for Bedfordshire 1685-1785

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.

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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Title Details

332 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

11 colour, 4 line illus.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 90

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society