Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)

Worcestershire, was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832. It was represented by two Members of Parliament until 1832.

The constituency was split into two two-member divisions, for Parliamentary purposes, in 1832. The county was then represented by the Worcestershire Eastern and Worcestershire Western constituencies.


Worcestershire was one of the historic counties of England. The constituency comprised the whole county, except for the boroughs of Bewdley, Droitwich, Evesham and Worcester.

Members of Parliament

1640 Mar Sir John Pakington, 2nd Bt with unknonw


Year First member First party Second member Second party
1660 Henry Bromley John Talbot
1661 Sir John Pakington, Bt Royalist Samuel Sandys
1679 Thomas Foley
1681 Bridges Nanfan
1685 Sir John Pakington, Bt Tory James Pytts
1689 Sir James Rushout, Bt Thomas Foley
1690 Sir John Pakington, Bt
1695 Edwin Sandys
1698 Sir John Pakington, Bt Tory William Walsh
1701 William Bromley Whig
1702 William Walsh
1705 William Bromley Whig
1707 Sir Thomas Winford, Bt
1710 Samuel Pytts
1715 Thomas Vernon
1720 Sir Thomas Lyttelton, Bt
1727 Sir Herbert Pakington, Bt
1734 Edmund Lechmere
1741 Edmund Pytts I
1747 Viscount Deerhurst
1751 John Bulkeley Coventry
1753 Edmund Pytts II
1761 John Ward William Dowdeswell Whig
1774 Edward Foley
1775 William Lygon
March 1803 John Ward Tory
November 1803 William Lygon
1806 William Henry Lyttelton
1816 Henry Beauchamp Lygon
1820 Sir Thomas Winnington, Bt
1830 Thomas Foley Whig
1831 Frederick Spencer Whig


The county franchise, from 1430, was held by the owners of freehold land valued at 40 shillings or more. Each voter had as many votes as there were seats to be filled. Votes had to be cast by a spoken declaration, in public, at the hustings, which took place in the county town of Worcester. The expense and difficulty of voting at only one location in the county, together with the lack of a secret ballot contributed to the corruption and intimidation of voters, which was widespread in the unreformed British political system.

The expense, to candidates, of contested elections encouraged the leading families of the county to agree on the candidates to be returned unopposed whenever possible. Contested county elections were therefore unusual.


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