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West Surrey (formally the Western division of Surrey) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Surreymarker, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commonsmarker of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker, elected by the bloc vote system.

It was created under the Great Reform Act for the 1832 general election, and abolished for the 1885 general election.

Boundaries

The constituency consisted of the hundreds of Blackheathmarker, Copthornemarker, Effinghammarker, Elmbridgemarker, Farnhammarker, Godalming, Godley, Wokingmarker and Wottonmarker. It was therefore the more extensive and more rural of the two divisions of Surrey established in 1832, although including a number of towns on the south-western fringes of London. Elections were conducted at Guildfordmarker; other principal towns in the constituency included Chertseymarker, Dorkingmarker, Epsommarker, Farnhammarker, Godalmingmarker, Haslemeremarker, Walton-on-Thamesmarker, Weybridgemarker and Wokingmarker. (Guildford was a borough returning Members of Parliament in its own right, but freeholders within the borough boundaries could, nevertheless, vote for the county division if they did not qualify for a vote in the borough.)

On its abolition in 1885, West Surrey was divided between four new single-member constituencies, providing the whole electorate for the North-Western or Chertsey division of Surrey and part of the South-Western or Guildfordmarker, Mid or Epsommarker and South-Eastern or Reigate divisions.

Members of Parliament

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832 William Denison Whig John Leach Whig
1835 Charles Barclay Conservative
1837 Hon. George Perceval Conservative
1840 by-election John Trotter Conservative
1847 Henry Drummond Conservative
1849 by-election William Evelyn Conservative
1857 John Ivatt Briscoe Liberal
1860 by-election George Cubitt Conservative
1870 by-election Lee Steere Conservative
1880 Hon. St John Brodrick Conservative
1885 constituency abolished


Election results

References

  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • Frederic A Youngs, jr, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol II (London: Royal Historical Society, 1991)



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