Norwich (UK Parliament constituency)

Norwich was a borough constituency which was represented in the British House of Commons. Consisting of the city of Norwich in Norfolk, it returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) from 1298 until it was abolished for the 1950 general election.

It was replaced by two new single-member constituencies, Norwich North and Norwich South.


Members of Parliament



Year 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
April 1640 Thomas Toolie ?
November 1640 Richard Harman Parliamentarian Richard Catelyn Royalist
January 1644 Catelyn disabled from sitting - seat vacant
1645 Erasmus Earle
1646 Thomas Atkins
1653 Norwich was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament
1654 Bernard Church John Hobart
January 1659 William Barnham
May 1659 Thomas Atkins One seat vacant
April 1660 William Barnham Thomas Rant
1661 Christopher Jay Francis Corie
Feb 1678 Lord Paston
May 1678 Augustine Briggs
1685 Robert Paston Sir Neville Catelyn Tory
1689 Thomas Blofield Tory
1690 Hugh Bokenham
1694 John Ward
1695 Francis Gardiner
1698 Robert Davy
1701 Edward Clarke Country Whig
1702 Thomas Blofield Tory
1703 Thomas Palgrave
1705 Waller Bacon John Chambers
1710 Robert Bene Richard Berney
1715 Waller Bacon Robert Britiffe
1734 Horatio Walpole Whig
1735 Thomas Vere
1747 Lord Hobart
June 1756 Edward Bacon
December 1756 (Sir) Harbord Harbord
1784 William Windham Whig
1786 Hon. Henry Hobart
1799 John Frere
1802 Robert Fellowes William Smith Radical
1806 John Patteson
1807 William Smith Radical
1812 Charles Harvey
1818 Richard Hanbury Gurney
1826 Jonathan Peel Tory
1830 Robert Grant Whig Richard Hanbury Gurney
1832 Viscount Stormont Conservative Sir James Scarlett Conservative
1835 Hon. Robert Campbell Scarlett Conservative
1837 Marquess of Douro Conservative
1838 Benjamin Smith Whig
1847 Samuel Morton Peto Whig
1852 Edward Warner Whig
1854 Sir Samuel Bignold Conservative
1857 Henry William Schneider Whig Viscount Bury Whig
1859 Liberal Liberal
1860 Edward Warner Liberal Sir William Russell Liberal
1868 Sir Henry Stracey Conservative
1870 Jacob Henry Tillett Liberal
1871 Jeremiah James Colman Liberal
1874 John Walter Huddleston Conservative
1875 Jacob Henry Tillett Liberal
1885 (Sir) Harry Bullard Conservative
1886 (Sir) Samuel Hoare Conservative
1895 Sir Harry Bullard Conservative
1904 Louis John Tillett Liberal
1906 George Henry Roberts Labour
Jan 1910 Sir Frederick Low Liberal
1915 Edward Hilton Young Liberal
1922 Independent
1923 Walter Robert Smith Labour Dorothy Jewson Labour
1924 Edward Hilton Young Liberal James Griffyth Fairfax Conservative
1926 Conservative
1929 Walter Robert Smith Labour Geoffrey Hithersay Shakespeare Liberal National
1931 George Albert Hartland Conservative
1935 Henry George Strauss Conservative
1945 Lucy Edith Pelham Noel-Buxton Labour John Paton Labour
1950 constituency abolished: see Norwich North and Norwich South


Election results


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