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

August 2008
9 black and white, 1 line illustrations
348 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc
ISBN: 9780851550732
Format: Hardback
Beds Historical Record Society

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

Volume II: 1716-1735

James Collett-White

A very useful analysis of the political debates of the times. ANCESTORS [for volume I]
Poll books tell the story of local people and their link with national history, and can provide a treasure trove of information. This volume, following on from the first which covered the years from 1685-1716, continues the story of how Bedfordshire voted in the context of local and national politics to the election in 1734. It contains transcriptions of the poll books for four Bedford borough elections and three county elections held between 1722 and 1734, which apart from the 1722 county election have never been previously published.

The introduction to each chapter draws upon letters, giving insights into the political alliances and manoeuvres which occurred in selecting candidates, including the part played by the Duchess of Marlborough. And the 10,000 names [fully indexed], added to the 8,500 names in the first volume, provide evidence for an in-depth study of the people, places and landholding in Bedfordshire, and will offer a crucial resource for local historians.

JAMES COLLETT-WHITE is an archivist at Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service, and Archivist to S. C. Whitbread, Southill Park.

Table of Contents

1722 Election
Elections of 1725 and 1727
Borough Election of 1731
1734 Election


Should provide rich pickings for students of Bedfordshire in the early eighteenth century. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
Will be of significant value to family historians and genealogists. ARCHIVES.

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