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East Gloucestershire
County constituency
House House of Commons
Elects Two MPs
Created 1832 (1832)
Abolished 1885 (1885)

East Gloucestershire was a parliamentary constituency in Gloucestershire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The constituency was created after the Great Reform Act split Gloucestershire into two county divisions. It was used from the 1832 general election, and was a two member constituency.

East Gloucestershire was abolished from the 1885 election, when the county was redistributed. The former eastern and western divisions were replaced by the Cirencester, Forest of Dean, Stroud, Thornbury and Tewkesbury county divisions.



The constituency was the eastern division of the historic county of Gloucestershire, in South West England.

The place of election was at Gloucester. This was where the hustings were situated and electors voted (by spoken declaration in public, before the secret ballot was introduced in 1872.

The qualification to vote in county elections, in the period when this constituency operated, was to be a 40 shilling freeholder.

The parliamentary borough constituencies of Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud, and Tewkesbury were all located in East Gloucestershire. Qualified freeholders from those boroughs could vote in the county division. Bristol was a "county of itself", so its freeholders qualified to vote in the borough, not in any county division.

Members of Parliament

Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1832, 21 December Sir Berkeley Guise, Bt [1] Whig Hon. Henry Reynolds-Moreton Whig
1834, 7 August Sir Christopher William Codrington [2] Tory
1835, 10 January Conservative Hon. Augustus Moreton Whig
1841, 5 July Hon. Francis Charteris Conservative
1847, 27 February The Marquess of Worcester [3] Conservative
1854, 9 January Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt [4] Conservative
1854, 19 December Robert Stayner Holford [5] Conservative
1864, 12 July Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt Conservative
1872, 11 March John Reginald Yorke Conservative
1885 constituency abolished
  1. ^ Died 23 July 1834.
  2. ^ Died 24 June 1864.
  3. ^ Succeeded as the 8th Duke of Beaufort, 17 November 1853.
  4. ^ Died 29 November 1854.
  5. ^ Vacated seat 1872.

Election results


Elections off the 1830s

General Election 21 December 1832: East Gloucestershire (2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Whig Sir Berkeley Guise 3,311 N/A
Whig Henry Reynolds-Moreton 3,184 N/A
Tory Christopher William Codrington 2,672 N/A
Turnout 9,167 (5,753 voted) N/A
Registered Electors 6,437
  • Death of Guise, on 23 July 1834
By-Election 7 August 1834: East Gloucestershire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Tory Christopher William Codrington 2,779 N/A
Whig C.H.T. Leigh 2,709 N/A
Turnout 5,488 N/A
Majority 70 N/A
Tory gain from Whig Swing N/A
Registered Electors 6,569

Election of 10 January 1835

Election of 5 July 1841

Election of 27 February 1847

Election of 1852

By-election of 9 January 1854

By-election of 19 December 1854

Election of 1857

Election of 1859

By-election of 12 July 1864

Election of 1865

By-election of 11 March 1872

Election of 1874

Election of 1880


  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Macmillan Press 1977)
  • The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844-50), second edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973))
  • Who's Who of British Members of Parliament: Volume I 1832-1885, edited by M. Stenton (The Harvester Press 1976)
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs


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