1366 Establishments: States and Territories Established in 1366, United Kingdom Parliamentary Constituencies Established in 1366, Winchelsea Books LLC

ISBN: 9781157724391

Published: June 7th 2010

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44 pages


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1366 Establishments: States and Territories Established in 1366, United Kingdom Parliamentary Constituencies Established in 1366, Winchelsea  by  Books LLC

1366 Establishments: States and Territories Established in 1366, United Kingdom Parliamentary Constituencies Established in 1366, Winchelsea by Books LLC
June 7th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 44 pages | ISBN: 9781157724391 | 7.63 Mb

Chapters: States and Territories Established in 1366, United Kingdom Parliamentary Constituencies Established in 1366, Winchelsea, Hastings, Sandwich, Rye, Hythe, Ruthenian Voivodeship, Pisa Charterhouse, Frysztak. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 43. NotMoreChapters: States and Territories Established in 1366, United Kingdom Parliamentary Constituencies Established in 1366, Winchelsea, Hastings, Sandwich, Rye, Hythe, Ruthenian Voivodeship, Pisa Charterhouse, Frysztak.

Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 43. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Winchelsea was a parliamentary constituency in Sussex, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons from 1366 until 1832, when it was abolished by the Great Reform Act. Winchelsea was a Cinque Port, which made it technically of different status from a parliamentary borough, but the difference was purely a nominal one, and it was considered an egregious example of a rotten borough.

The constituency consisted of the town and parish of Winchelsea, once a market town and port but by the 19th century much reduced in importance, a mile-and-a-half inland with its harbour destroyed. In 1831, the population of the constituency was estimated at 772, and the town contained 148 houses. The right to vote was exercised by the freemen of the town, of whom by 1831 there were just 11, even though in theory the custom was that every son of a freeman and every freeholder in the town was entitled to his freedom.

With so small a number of voters, bribery was often the rule rather than the exception, though occasionally it became so blatant that the authorities were able to take steps against it. In 1700 an election at Winchelsea was declared void, an agent of one of the candidates arrested for bribery by order of the House of Commons, and the representation of the borough suspended until the end of the session.

At another controversial election in 1712, the Commons committee which investigated was told that voters had been bribed with 30 each to vote for the sitting MPs, and their female connect...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=10538298



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