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London Electoral History 1700-1850

"" Professor Charles Harvey "" Penelope Corfield "" Dr Edmund M.Green ""
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This exploration provides key information about the process of voting. It explains the scope for tactical voting, including the manoeuvres of ‘plumping’ and ‘splitting’; it outlines the possibilities of voting in more than one constituency; it summarises the core voting procedures in the era of open voting; it considers the extent of petitions against declared election results; and it surveys the changed processes of electoral registration post-1832. At the end, a brief summary reviews the different metropolitan franchises 1700-1850. Read more:
The details of the Middlesex county freeholder franchise are explained. Read more:










The details of the City of London franchise are explained, with special reference to the role of the Common Hall; the Wardmote (ward meeting); the London liveryman franchise; London’s parliamentary elections; elections for lord mayor of London; elections for the post of chamberlain of London; and elections for the sheriffs of London and Middlesex. Read more:




The details of the city of Westminster’s ratepayer franchise are explained, looking in turn at the franchise before the First Reform Act in 1832 and the franchise post-1832. Read more:



The details of the Middlesex county freeholder franchise (post 1832) are explained. Read more:





This account briefly reviews the evidence for disrupted elections and the countervailing measures of control that were available to the authorities in metropolitan London throughout the period 1700-1850. Read more:


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