Burgage was used as the basis of the franchise in many boroughs sending members to the Unreformed House of Commons before 1832. In these boroughs the right to vote was attached to the occupation of particular burgage tenements. Since these could be freely bought and sold, and since the owner of the tenement was perfectly entitled to convey it for the election period to a reliable nominee, who could then vote, it was possible to purchase the majority of the burgages and thereby the absolute power to nominate the members of Parliament. Most of the burgage boroughs became pocket boroughs in this way. The practice was abolished by the Great Reform Act 1832 which applied a uniform franchise to all boroughs.
Novel Creation; 137 Corve Street Is Almost like Stepping into the Pages of a Charles Dickens Story, Writes Alison Jones
Sep 04, 2009; Byline: Alison Jones Number 137 Corve Street in Ludlow is a real Dickensian looking delight. The empty rooms feel as if old...