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Northampton was a parliamentary constituency centred on the town of Northamptonmarker which existed until 1974.

It returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker until its representation was reduced to one member for the 1918 general election. It was abolished for the February 1974 general election, when it was replaced by the new constituencies of Northampton Northmarker and Northampton Southmarker.

A former MP of note for the seat was Spencer Perceval, who has gone down in infamy as the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated.


Members of Parliament



Election First member First party Second member Second party
April 1640 Richard Knightley Parliamentarian ?
November 1640 Zouch Tate Parliamentarian
December 1648 Knightley excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacant Tate not recorded as sitting after Pride's Purge
1653 Northampton was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Peter Whalley Northampton had only one seat in the First and
Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
1656 Francis Harvey
January 1659 James Langham
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
March 1660 Francis Harvey Richard Rainsford
June 1660 Sir John Norwich, Bt.
April 1661 Francis Harvey James Langham
November 1661 Sir Charles Compton Richard Rainsford
1662 Sir James Langham, Bt.
March 1663 Sir William Dudley, Bt.
April 1663 Hon. Christopher Hatton
March 1664 Sir John Bernard
April 1664 Sir Henry Yelverton, Bt.
1670 Sir William Fermor The Lord Ibracken
1678 Ralph Montagu
February 1679 Sir Hugh Cholmley, Bt.
August 1679 William Langham Ralph Montagu
1685 Richard Rainsford Sir Justinian Isham, Bt.
1689 William Langham
1690 Sir Thomas Samwell, Bt.
1694 Sir Justinian Isham, Bt.
1695 Christopher Montagu
1698 William Thursby
1701 Thomas Andrew
1702 Sir Matthew Dudley, Bt. Bartholomew Tate
1704 Francis Arundell
1705 George Montagu
1710 William Wykes
1715 William Wilmer
1722 Edward Montagu
1727 Hon. George Compton
1734 William Wilmer
1744 George Montagu
April 1754 Charles Montagu
December 1754 Hon. Charles Compton
1755 Richard Backwell
1759 Frederick Montagu
1761 Spencer Compton
1763 Lucy Knightly
1768 Vice-Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney Sir George Osborn, Bt.
1769 Hon. Thomas Howe
1771 Wilbraham Tollemache
1774 Sir George Robinson, 5th Bt.
1780 Viscount Althorp George Rodney
1782 The Lord Lucan
1784 Lord Compton Fiennes Trotman
1790 Hon. Edward Bouverie
1796 Hon. Spencer Perceval
1810 William Hanbury Bateman
1812 Earl Compton
1818 Sir Edward Kerrison, Bt.
1820 Sir George Robinson, 6th Bt. William Leader Maberly
1830 Sir Robert Gunning, Bt.
1831 Robert Vernon Smith Whig
1832 Charles Ross Conservative
1837 Raikes Currie Whig
1857 Charles Gilpin Whig
1859 Liberal Liberal
1859 by-election The Lord Henley Liberal
February 1874 Pickering Phipps Conservative
October 1874 by-election Charles George Merewether Conservative
1880 Henry du Pré Labouchère Liberal Charles Bradlaugh Liberal
1891 by-election Moses Philip Manfield Liberal
1895 Charles Gustavus Adolphus Drucker Conservative
1900 John Greenwood Shipman Liberal
1906 Herbert Woodfield Paul Liberal
Jan. 1910 Hastings Bertrand Lees-Smith Liberal Charles McCurdy Liberal
1918 Representation reduced to one member



Election Member Party
1918 Charles McCurdy Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1923 Margaret Bondfield Labour
1924 Sir Arthur Holland Conservative
1928 by-election Cecil L'Estrange Malone Labour
1931 Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller Conservative
1940 by-election Spencer Summers Conservative
1945 Reginald Paget Labour
1974 constituency abolished: see Northampton Northmarker & Northampton Southmarker

Election results


  • Robert Beatson, "A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament" (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [336801]
  • D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [336802]

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