List of United Kingdom Parliament constituencies (1832–68)


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This is a list of Parliamentary constituencies which were used for elections to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1832 to 1865.

These constituencies were defined by the Representation of the People Act 1832 (commonly known as the Reform Act 1832), and with the exception of the changes listed below they remained in effect until the next round of revisions in 1867 and 1868, when three pieces of legislation restructured the constituencies:

Types of constituency


There were three types of constituency, each with different arrangements for the franchise:

  • Counties, which covered the whole of a county. In some cases they were divided into two or more divisions
  • University constituencies, which had no geographical basis. Their electorate comprised the graduates of the university
  • Parliamentary boroughs, known in Scotland as burghs, which comprised a town and in some cases some areas outside the town boundaries.
    • Districts of burghs (in Scotland) and districts of boroughs (in Wales) were a type of borough constituency in which several boroughs jointly elected one Member of Parliament. The areas were not geographically contiguous, and in some cases the boroughs were in different counties

Numbers by type


This table lists the number of each type of constituency in use in 1832, in the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom:

Country Borough
constituencies
County
constituencies
University
constituencies
Total
constituencies
Borough
MPs
County
MPs
University
MP
Total
MPs
England 186 68 2 256 322 142 4 468
Wales 15 13 0 28 15 17 0 32
Scotland 21 30 0 51 23 30 0 53
Ireland 33 32 1 66 39 64 2 105
Total 255 143 3 401 399 253 6 658

Changes


YearChangeNew
total constituencies
New
total MPs
1844Sudbury (2 seats) disenfranchised for corruption400656
1852St Albans (2 seats) disenfranchised for corruption399654
1861Birkenhead (1 seats) enfranchised400656
South Lancashire (2 seats) awarded 1 extra seat for a total of 3
1865West Riding of Yorkshire (2 seats) divided into:
  Northern West Riding of Yorkshire (2 seats)
  Southern West Riding of Yorkshire (2 seats)
400658

List of constituencies


ConstituencyMembersTypeCountryCountyNotes
Aberdeen1BoroughScotlandAberdeenshire
Aberdeenshire1CountyScotlandAberdeenshire
Abingdon1BoroughEnglandBerkshire
Andover2BoroughEnglandHampshire
Anglesey1CountyWalesAnglesey
Antrim2CountyIrelandAntrim
Argyllshire1CountyScotlandArgyllshire
Armagh1BoroughIrelandArmagh
County Armagh2CountyIrelandArmagh
Arundel1BoroughEnglandSussex
Ashburton1BoroughEnglandDevon
Ashton-under-Lyne1BoroughEnglandLancashire
Athlone1BoroughIrelandWestmeath & Roscommon
Aylesbury2BoroughEnglandBuckinghamshire
Ayr Burghs1DistrictScotlandAyrshire
Ayrshire1CountyScotlandAyrshire
Banbury1BoroughEnglandOxfordshire
Bandon1BoroughIrelandCork
Banffshire1CountyScotlandBanffshire
Barnstaple2BoroughEnglandDevon
Bath2BoroughEnglandSomerset
Beaumaris Boroughs1DistrictWalesAnglesey
Bedford2BoroughEnglandBedfordshire
Bedfordshire2CountyEnglandBedfordshire
Belfast2BoroughIrelandAntrim
Berkshire3CountyEnglandBerkshire
Berwickshire1CountyScotlandBerwickshire
Berwick-upon-Tweed2BoroughEnglandNorthumberland
Beverley2BoroughEnglandEast Riding of Yorkshire
Bewdley1BoroughEnglandWorcestershire
Birmingham2BoroughEnglandWarwickshire
Blackburn2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Bodmin2BoroughEnglandCornwall
Bolton2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Boston2BoroughEnglandLincolnshire
Bradford2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Brecon1BoroughWalesBreconshire
Breconshire1CountyWalesBreconshire
Bridgnorth2BoroughEnglandShropshire
Bridgwater2BoroughEnglandSomerset
Bridport2BoroughEnglandDorset
Brighton2BoroughEnglandSussex
Bristol2BoroughEnglandGloucestershire/Somerset
Buckingham2BoroughEnglandBuckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire3CountyEnglandBuckinghamshire
Bury1BoroughEnglandLancashire
Bury St Edmunds2BoroughEnglandSuffolk
Buteshire1CountyScotlandButeshire
Caernarvon Boroughs1DistrictWalesCaernarvonshire
Caernarvonshire1CountyWalesCaernarvonshire
Caithness1CountyScotlandCaithness
Calne1BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Cambridge2BoroughEnglandCambridgeshire
Cambridge University2UniversityEnglandCambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire3CountyEnglandCambridgeshire
Canterbury2BoroughEnglandKent
Cardiff District1DistrictWalesGlamorganshire
Cardigan District1DistrictWalesCardiganshire
Cardiganshire1CountyWalesCardiganshire
Carlisle2BoroughEnglandCumberland
Carlow1BoroughIrelandCarlow
County Carlow2CountyIrelandCarlow
Carmarthen1DistrictWalesCarmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire2CountyWalesCarmarthenshire
Carrickfergus1BoroughIrelandAntrim
Cashel1BoroughIrelandTipperary
Cavan2CountyIrelandCavan
Chatham1BoroughEnglandKent
Cheltenham1BoroughEnglandGloucestershire
Cheshire Northern2CountyEnglandCheshire
Cheshire Southern2CountyEnglandCheshire
Chester2BoroughEnglandCheshire
Chichester2BoroughEnglandSussex
Chippenham2BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Christchurch1BoroughEnglandHampshire
Cirencester2BoroughEnglandGloucestershire
Clackmannanshire and Kinross-shire1CountyScotlandClackmannanshire
Clare2CountyIrelandClare
Clitheroe1BoroughEnglandLancashire
Clonmel1BoroughIrelandTipperary
Cockermouth2BoroughEnglandCumberland
Colchester2BoroughEnglandEssex
Coleraine1BoroughIrelandLondonderry
Cork City2BoroughIrelandCork
County Cork2CountyIrelandCork
Cornwall Eastern2CountyEnglandCornwall
Cornwall Western2CountyEnglandCornwall
Coventry2BoroughEnglandWarwickshire
Cricklade2BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Cumberland Eastern2CountyEnglandCumberland
Cumberland Western2CountyEnglandCumberland
Dartmouth1BoroughEnglandDevon
Denbigh Boroughs1DistrictWalesDenbighshire
Denbighshire2CountyWalesDenbighshire
Derby2BoroughEnglandDerbyshire
Derbyshire Northern2CountyEnglandDerbyshire
Derbyshire Southern2CountyEnglandDerbyshire
Devizes2BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Devonport2BoroughEnglandDevon
Devon Northern2CountyEnglandDevon
Devon Southern2CountyEnglandDevon
Donegal2CountyIrelandDonegal
Dorchester2BoroughEnglandDorset
Dorset3CountyEnglandDorset
Dover2BoroughEnglandKent
Down2CountyIrelandDown
Downpatrick1BoroughIrelandDown
Drogheda1BoroughIrelandLouth
Droitwich1BoroughEnglandWorcestershire
Dublin2BoroughIrelandDublin
County Dublin2CountyIrelandDublin
Dublin University2UniversityIrelandDublin
Dudley1BoroughEnglandWorcestershire
Dumfries Burghs1DistrictScotlandDumfriesshire
Dumfriesshire1CountyScotlandDumfriesshire
Dunbartonshire1CountyScotlandDunbartonshire
Dundalk1BoroughIrelandLouth
Dundee1BoroughScotlandForfarshire
Dungannon1BoroughIrelandTyrone
Dungarvan1BoroughIrelandWaterford
Durham City2BoroughEnglandDurham
Durham Northern2CountyEnglandDurham
Durham Southern2CountyEnglandDurham
East Retford2BoroughEnglandNottinghamshire
Edinburgh2BoroughScotlandMidlothian
Elgin1DistrictScotlandElginshire
Elginshire and Nairnshire1CountyScotlandElginshire/Nairnshire
Ennis1BoroughIrelandClare
Enniskillen1BoroughIrelandFermanagh
Essex Northern2CountyEnglandEssex
Essex Southern2CountyEnglandEssex
Evesham2BoroughEnglandWorcestershire
Exeter2BoroughEnglandDevon
Eye1BoroughEnglandSuffolk
Falkirk Burghs1DistrictScotlandStirlingshire
Fermanagh2CountyIrelandFermanagh
Fife1CountyScotlandFife
Finsbury2BoroughEnglandMiddlesex
Flint Boroughs1DistrictWalesFlintshire
Flintshire1CountyWalesFlintshire
Forfarshire1CountyScotlandForfarshire
Frome1BoroughEnglandSomerset
Galway Borough2BoroughIrelandGalway
County Galway2CountyIrelandGalway
Gateshead1BoroughEnglandDurham
Glamorganshire2CountyWalesGlamorganshire
Glasgow2BoroughScotlandLanarkshire
Gloucester2BoroughEnglandGloucestershire
Gloucestershire Eastern2CountyEnglandGloucestershire
Gloucestershire Western2CountyEnglandGloucestershire
Grantham2BoroughEnglandLincolnshire
Great Yarmouth2BoroughEnglandNorfolk
Great Marlow2BoroughEnglandBuckinghamshire
Greenock1BoroughScotlandRenfrewshire
Greenwich2BoroughEnglandKent
Great Grimsby1BoroughEnglandLincolnshire
Guildford2BoroughEnglandSurrey
Haddington Burghs1DistrictScotlandHaddingtonshire
Haddingtonshire1CountyScotlandHaddingtonshire
Halifax2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Hampshire Northern2CountyEnglandHampshire
Hampshire Southern2CountyEnglandHampshire
Harwich2BoroughEnglandEssex
Hastings2BoroughEnglandSussex
Haverfordwest Boroughs1DistrictWalesPembrokeshire
Helston1BoroughEnglandCornwall
Hereford2BoroughEnglandHerefordshire
Herefordshire3CountyEnglandHerefordshire
Hertford2BoroughEnglandHertfordshire
Hertfordshire3CountyEnglandHertfordshire
Honiton2BoroughEnglandDevon
Horsham1BoroughEnglandSussex
Huddersfield1BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Huntingdon2BoroughEnglandHuntingdonshire
Huntingdonshire2CountyEnglandHuntingdonshire
Hythe1BoroughEnglandKent
Inverness Burghs1DistrictScotlandInverness-shire
Inverness-shire1CountyScotlandInverness-shire
Ipswich2BoroughEnglandSuffolk
Isle of Wight1CountyEnglandHampshire
Kendal1BoroughEnglandWestmorland
Kent Eastern2CountyEnglandKent
Kent Western2CountyEnglandKent
Kerry2CountyIrelandKerry
Kidderminster1BoroughEnglandWorcestershire
Kildare2CountyIrelandKildare
Kilkenny City1BoroughIrelandKilkenny
County Kilkenny2CountyIrelandKilkenny
Kilmarnock Burghs1DistrictScotlandAyrshire
Kincardineshire1CountyScotlandKincardineshire
King's County2CountyIrelandKing's County
King's Lynn2BoroughEnglandNorfolk
Kingston upon Hull2BoroughEnglandEast Riding of Yorkshire
Kinsale1BoroughIrelandCork
Kirkcaldy District of Burghs1BurghsScotlandFife
Kirkcudbright Stewartry1CountyScotlandKirkcudbright Stewartry
Knaresborough2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Lambeth2BoroughEnglandSurrey
Lanarkshire1CountyScotlandLanarkshire
Lancashire Northern2CountyEnglandLancashire
Lancashire Southern2CountyEnglandLancashire
Lancaster2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Launceston1BoroughEnglandCornwall
Leeds2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Leicester2BoroughEnglandLeicestershire
Leicestershire Northern2CountyEnglandLeicestershire
Leicestershire Southern2CountyEnglandLeicestershire
Leith Burghs1DistrictScotlandMidlothian
Leitrim2CountyIrelandLeitrim
Leominster2BoroughEnglandHerefordshire
Lewes2BoroughEnglandSussex
Lichfield2BoroughEnglandStaffordshire
Limerick City2BoroughIrelandLimerick
County Limerick2CountyIrelandLimerick
Lincoln2BoroughEnglandLincolnshire
Lincolnshire Northern2CountyEnglandLincolnshire
Lincolnshire Southern2CountyEnglandLincolnshire
Linlithgowshire1CountyScotlandLinlithgowshire
Lisburn1BoroughIrelandAntrim
Liskeard1BoroughEnglandCornwall
Liverpool2BoroughEnglandLancashire
The City of London4BoroughEnglandMiddlesex
Londonderry1BoroughIrelandLondonderry
County Londonderry2CountyIrelandLondonderry
County Longford2CountyIrelandLongford
County Louth2CountyIrelandLouth
Ludlow2BoroughEnglandShropshire
Lyme Regis1BoroughEnglandDorset
Lymington2BoroughEnglandHampshire
Macclesfield2BoroughEnglandCheshire
Maidstone2BoroughEnglandKent
Maldon2BoroughEnglandEssex
Mallow1BoroughIrelandCork
Malmesbury1BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Malton2BoroughEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire/East Riding of Yorkshire
Manchester2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Marlborough2BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Marylebone2BoroughEnglandMiddlesex
Mayo2CountyIrelandMayo
Meath2CountyIrelandMeath
Merionethshire1CountyWalesMerionethshire
Merthyr Tydvil1BoroughWalesGlamorganshire
Middlesex2CountyEnglandMiddlesex
Midhurst1BoroughEnglandSussex
Midlothian1CountyScotlandMidlothian
Monaghan2CountyIrelandMonaghan
Monmouth Boroughs1District???WalesMonmouthshire
Monmouthshire2CountyWalesMonmouthshire
Montgomery Boroughs1DistrictWalesMontgomeryshire
Montgomeryshire1CountyWalesMontgomeryshire
Montrose Burghs1DistrictScotlandForfarshire
Morpeth1BoroughEnglandNorthumberland
Newark-on-Trent2BoroughEnglandNottinghamshire
Newcastle-under-Lyme2BoroughEnglandStaffordshire
Newcastle-upon-Tyne2BoroughEnglandNorthumberland
Newport2BoroughEnglandHampshire
New Ross1BoroughIrelandWexford
Newry1BoroughIrelandArmagh/Down
New Shoreham2BoroughEnglandSussex
Norfolk Eastern2CountyEnglandNorfolk
Norfolk Western2CountyEnglandNorfolk
Northallerton1BoroughEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire
Northampton2BoroughEnglandNorthamptonshire
Northamptonshire Northern2CountyEnglandNorthamptonshire
Northamptonshire Southern2CountyEnglandNorthamptonshire
Northumberland Northern2CountyEnglandNorthumberland
Northumberland Southern2CountyEnglandNorthumberland
Norwich2BoroughEnglandNorfolk
Nottingham2BoroughEnglandNottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Northern2CountyEnglandNottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Southern2CountyEnglandNottinghamshire
Oldham2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Orkney and Shetland1CountyScotlandOrkney & Shetland
Oxford2BoroughEnglandOxfordshire
Oxfordshire3CountyEnglandOxfordshire
Oxford University2UniversityEnglandOxfordshire
Paisley1BoroughScotlandRenfrewshire
Peeblesshire1CountyScotlandPeeblesshire
Pembroke Boroughs1DistrictWalesPembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire1CountyWalesPembrokeshire
Penryn and Falmouth2BoroughEnglandCornwall
Perth1BoroughScotlandPerthshire
Perthshire1CountyScotlandPerthshire
Peterborough2BoroughEnglandNorthamptonshire
Petersfield1BoroughEnglandHampshire
Plymouth2BoroughEnglandDevon
Pontefract2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Poole2BoroughEnglandDorset
Portarlington1BoroughIrelandQueen's County/King's County
Portsmouth2BoroughEnglandHampshire
Preston2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Queen's County2CountyIrelandQueen's County
Radnor Boroughs1DistrictWalesRadnorshire
Radnorshire1CountyWalesRadnorshire
Reading2BoroughEnglandBerkshire
Reigate1BoroughEnglandSurrey
Renfrewshire1CountyScotlandRenfrewshire
Richmond2BoroughEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire
Ripon2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Rochdale1BoroughEnglandLancashire
Rochester2BoroughEnglandKent
Roscommon2CountyIrelandRoscommon
Ross and Cromarty1CountyScotlandRoss-shire/Cromartyshire
Roxburghshire1CountyScotlandRoxburghshire
Rutland2CountyEnglandRutland
Rye1BoroughEnglandSussex
St Albans2BoroughEnglandHertfordshireDisenfranchised for corruption in 1852
St Andrews Burghs1DistrictScotlandFife
St Ives1BoroughEnglandCornwall
Salford1BoroughEnglandLancashire
Salisbury2BoroughEnglandWiltshirealso known as New Sarum
Sandwich2BoroughEnglandKent
Scarborough2BoroughEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire
Selkirkshire1CountyScotlandSelkirkshire
Shaftesbury1BoroughEnglandDorset
Sheffield2BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Shrewsbury2BoroughEnglandShropshire
Shropshire Northern2CountyEnglandShropshire
Shropshire Southern2CountyEnglandShropshire
Sligo1BoroughIrelandSligo
County Sligo2CountyIrelandSligo
Somerset Eastern2CountyEnglandSomerset
Somerset Western2CountyEnglandSomerset
Southampton2BoroughEnglandHampshire
South Shields1BoroughEnglandDurham
Southwark2BoroughEnglandSurrey
Stafford2BoroughEnglandStaffordshire
Staffordshire Northern2CountyEnglandStaffordshire
Staffordshire Southern2CountyEnglandStaffordshire
Stamford2BoroughEnglandLincolnshire
Stirling Burghs1DistrictScotlandStirlingshire
Stirlingshire1CountyScotlandStirlingshire
Stockport2BoroughEnglandCheshire
Stoke-upon-Trent2BoroughEnglandStaffordshire
Stroud2BoroughEnglandGloucestershire
Sudbury2BoroughEnglandSuffolkDisenfranchised for corruption in 1844
Suffolk Eastern2CountyEnglandSuffolk
Suffolk Western2CountyEnglandSuffolk
Sunderland2BoroughEnglandDurham
Surrey Eastern2CountyEnglandSurrey
Surrey Western2CountyEnglandSurrey
Sussex Eastern2CountyEnglandSussex
Sussex Western2CountyEnglandSussex
Sutherland1CountyScotlandSutherland
Swansea District1DistrictWalesGlamorganshire
Tamworth2BoroughEnglandStaffordshire/Warwickshire
Taunton2BoroughEnglandSomerset
Tavistock2BoroughEnglandDevon
Tewkesbury2BoroughEnglandGloucestershire
Thetford2BoroughEnglandNorfolk
Thirsk1BoroughEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire
Tipperary2CountyIrelandTipperary
Tiverton2BoroughEnglandDevon
Totnes2BoroughEnglandDevon
Tower Hamlets2BoroughEnglandMiddlesex
Tralee1BoroughIrelandKerry
Truro2BoroughEnglandCornwall
Tynemouth and North Shields1BoroughEnglandNorthumberland
Tyrone2CountyIrelandTyrone
Wakefield1BoroughEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshire
Wallingford1BoroughEnglandBerkshire
Walsall1BoroughEnglandStaffordshire
Wareham1BoroughEnglandDorset
Warrington1BoroughEnglandLancashire
Warwick2BoroughEnglandWarwickshire
Warwickshire Northern2CountyEnglandWarwickshire
Warwickshire Southern2CountyEnglandWarwickshire
Waterford City2BoroughIrelandWaterford
County Waterford2CountyIrelandWaterford
Wells2BoroughEnglandSomerset
Wenlock2BoroughEnglandShropshire
Westbury1BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Westmeath2CountyIrelandWestmeath
Westminster2BoroughEnglandMiddlesex
Westmorland2CountyEnglandWestmorland
Wexford1BoroughIrelandWexford
County Wexford2CountyIrelandWexford
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis2BoroughEnglandDorset
Whitby1BoroughEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire
Whitehaven1BoroughEnglandCumberland
Wick Burghs1DistrictScotlandCaithness
Wicklow2CountyIrelandWicklow
Wigan2BoroughEnglandLancashire
Wigtown Burghs1DistrictScotlandWigtownshire
Wigtownshire1CountyScotlandWigtownshire
Wilton1BoroughEnglandWiltshire
Wiltshire Northern2CountyEnglandWiltshire
Wiltshire Southern2CountyEnglandWiltshire
Winchester2BoroughEnglandHampshire
Windsor2BoroughEnglandBerkshire
Wolverhampton2BoroughEnglandStaffordshire
Woodstock1BoroughEnglandOxfordshire
Worcester2BoroughEnglandWorcestershire
Worcestershire Eastern2CountyEnglandWorcestershire
Worcestershire Western2CountyEnglandWorcestershire
Wycombe2BoroughEnglandBuckinghamshire
York2BoroughEnglandYorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire2CountyEnglandEast Riding of Yorkshire
North Riding of Yorkshire2CountyEnglandNorth Riding of Yorkshire
West Riding of Yorkshire2CountyEnglandWest Riding of Yorkshiredivided in 1865: see Northern West Riding of Yorkshire (2 seats) and Southern West Riding of Yorkshire (2 seats)
Youghal1BoroughIrelandCork

See also


References


    Sources


    • Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.