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West Surrey
County constituency
House House of Commons
Elects Two MPs
Created 1832 (1832)
Abolished 1885 (1885)

West Surrey (formally the Western division of Surrey) was a parliamentary constituency in the county of Surrey, which returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, 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.

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Boundaries

The hundreds of Surrey

The constituency consisted of the hundreds of Blackheath, Copthorne, Effingham, Elmbridge, Farnham, Godalming, Godley, Woking and Wotton. 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 Guildford; other principal towns in the constituency included Chertsey, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Haslemere, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge and Woking. (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 Guildford, Mid or Epsom and South-Eastern or Reigate divisions.

Members of Parliament

Election 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

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