East Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency)
East Norfolk was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Norfolk. It returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1868. Another Eastern division was created in 1885, when its representation was reduced to one member. That constituency was abolished in 1950.
|Former County constituency|
for the House of Commons
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||North Norfolk, South Norfolk, Central Norfolk and Yarmouth|
|Created from||North Norfolk and South Norfolk|
|Number of members||Two|
|Replaced by||North Norfolk and South Norfolk|
The constituency was first created by the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, and abolished for the 1868 general election. In that period the Parliamentary County of Norfolk was split into two divisions - Eastern Norfolk and Western Norfolk, each returning two members.
Further to the Reform Act of 1867, Norfolk was reorganised into the North, South and West divisions, with each of the three divisions again returning two members. The Eastern division was replaced by the bulk of the North and South Divisions.
Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the three two-member county divisions were replaced with six single-member divisions. The second version of this constituency was one of the single-member seats. It was abolished under the Representation of the People Act 1948, which came into effect for the 1950 general election.
Boundaries and boundary changesEdit
1832-1868: The Hundreds of Blofield, Clavering, Depwade, Diss, Earsham, North Erpingham, South Erpingham, Eynesford, East Flegg, West Flegg, Forehoe, Happing, Henstead, Humbleyard, Loddon, Taversham, Tunstead and Walsham.
1885-1918: The Sessional Divisions of Blofield and Walsham, East and West Flegg, Taversham and Tunstead, and Happing, the part of the Borough of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk, and part of the Sessional Division of South Erpingham.
As Great Yarmouth formed a separate Parliamentary Borough, only non-resident freeholders of the Borough were entitled to vote in this constituency.
1918-1950: The Urban District of North Walsham, and the Rural Districts of Blofield, East and West Flegg, Loddon and Clavering, St Faith's, and Smallburgh.
The division was expanded to the south, with the addition of eastern parts of the Southern Division of Norfolk (Loddon and Clavering Rural District). Also gained small area to the west from the Northern Division.
On its abolition, the contents of the seat were distributed as follows: North Walsham and the Rural District of Smallburgh to North Norfolk; area to the north and east of Norwich, mostly comprising the (former) Rural District of St Faiths, to the new County Constituency of Central Norfolk; most of the (combined) Rural District of Blofield and Flegg to the new County Constituency of Yarmouth; and the Rural District of Loddon and Clavering (renamed Loddon) back to South Norfolk.
Members of ParliamentEdit
|Election||1st Member||1st Party||2nd Member||2nd Party|
|1832||William Windham||Whig||Hon. George Keppel||Whig|
|1835||Edmond Wodehouse||Conservative||Horatio Walpole||Conservative|
|1837||Henry Negus Burroughes||Conservative|
|1855||Sir Henry Stracey, Bt||Conservative|
|1857||Charles Ash Windham||Whig||Sir Edward Buxton, Bt||Whig|
|1858||Hon. Wenman Coke||Whig|
|1865||Clare Sewell Read||Conservative|
|1885||re-created but reduced to one member|
|1885||Sir Edward Birkbeck||Conservative|
|1892||Sir Robert Price||Liberal|
|1939||Frank Medlicott||Liberal National|
Elections in the 1840sEdit
|Conservative||Henry Negus Burroughes||3,434||41.3|
|Turnout||4,843 (est)||56.6 (est)|
|Conservative||Henry Negus Burroughes||Unopposed|
Elections in the 1850sEdit
|Conservative||Henry Negus Burroughes||Unopposed|
Wodehouse resigned via accepting the office of Steward of the Manor of Hempholme, causing a by-election.
|Whig||Charles Ash Windham||Unopposed|
|Whig gain from Conservative|
|Whig gain from Conservative|
Buxton's death caused a by-election.
|Conservative gain from Liberal|
Elections in the 1860sEdit
|Conservative||Clare Sewell Read||2,985||29.2||N/A|
|Turnout||5,115 (est)||64.4 (est)||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1880sEdit
|Conservative win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1890sEdit
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+5.8|
|Conservative||H. Rider Haggard||4,408||48.9||+1.3|
Elections in the 1900sEdit
|Conservative||William Louis St. John Prioleau||3,733||45.0||-3.9|
Elections in the 1910sEdit
General Election 1914/15:
Another General Election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
- Liberal: Robert Price
|National Farmers Union||W. B. Taylor||1,926||12.3||N/A|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+8.8|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Elections in the 1920sEdit
|Labour||George Edward Hewitt||4,361||19.3||N/A|
|Labour||George Edward Hewitt||3,530||14.8||−4.5|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+7.7|
|Labour||Reginald Barrington Bates||4,907||19.4||+4.6|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+11.3|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+5.6|
Elections in the 1930sEdit
|Liberal National||William Lygon||25,945||79.8|
|Liberal National hold||Swing|
|Liberal National||William Lygon||23,108||68.8||-11.0|
|Labour||Norman Reeve Tillett||10,461||31.2||+11.0|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||-11.0|
|Liberal National||Frank Medlicott||18,257||62.9||−5.9|
|Labour||Norman Reeve Tillett||10,785||37.1||+5.9|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||−5.9|
General Election 1939/40
Until the parliament elected in 1935 was extended, another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties made preparations for an election to take place, and by the autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;
- Liberal National: Frank Medlicott
- Labour: Norman Reeve Tillett
- Independent Conservative: James F. Wright (Secretary, Norfolk Farmers Union)
Elections in the 1940sEdit
|Liberal National||Frank Medlicott||23,307||55.8||−7.1|
|Labour||Norman Reeve Tillett||18,467||44.2||+7.1|
|Liberal National hold||Swing||−7.1|
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