Aldeburgh (UK Parliament constituency)

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Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
County Suffolk
Major settlements Aldeburgh
Number of members Two
Replaced by East Suffolk

Aldeburgh was a parliamentary borough represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and its predecessor bodies.

The town was enfranchised in 1571 as a borough constituency. It was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England until 1707, 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 burgesses. The constituency was abolished in 1832 as a rotten borough.


The constituency comprised the parliamentary borough of Aldeburgh, in the county of Suffolk in Eastern England.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1571–1640

Parliament First member Second member
1571 Roger Woodhouse Robert Higford [1]
1572 Francis Beaumont Charles Seckford [1]
1584 Peter Osborne John Foxe [1]
1586 Peter Osborne Edmond Bell [1]
1588 Edward Coke William Bence [1]
1593 Thomas Knyvet William Bence [1]
1597 Francis Harvey Francis Johnson [1]
1601 Martin Stutteville Francis Corbet [1]
1604–1611 Sir William Woodhouse Thomas Ryvett
1614 Sir William Woodhouse Sir Henry Glemham
1621–1622 Sir Henry Glemham Charles Glemham
1624 Nicholas Ryvett John Bence
1625 Sir Thomas Glemham Charles Glemham
1626 Sir Thomas Glemham William Mason
1628 Sir Simon Steward Marmaduke Rawden
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned

MPs 1640–1832

Year First member First party Second member Second party
April 1640 William Rainsborough Parliamentarian Squire Bence Parliamentarian
November 1640 William Rainsborough Parliamentarian Alexander Bence Parliamentarian
1642 Squire Bence Parliamentarian
November 1648 Squire Bence died, November 1648 - seat vacant
December 1648 Alexander Bence excluded in Pride's Purge - seat vacant
1653 Aldeburgh was unrepresented in the Barebones Parliament and the First and Second Parliaments of the Protectorate
January 1659 Laurence Oxburgh John Bence
May 1659 Not represented in the restored Rump
April 1660 Sir Robert Brooke Thomas Bacon
1661 Sir John Holland, Bt
1669 John Bence
February 1679 Sir Richard Haddock Henry Johnson
August 1679 John Bence John Corrance
1685 Sir Henry Bedingfield
1689 Sir Henry Johnson William Johnson
1718 by-election Samuel Lowe
1719 by-election Walter Plumer
1727 William Windham
1730 by-election Sir John Williams
1732 by-election Captain George Purvis
1734 William Conolly
March 1741 by-election Francis Gashry
May 1741 Richard Plumer
1747 William Windham Zachary Philip Fonnereau
1761 Philip Fonnereau
1768 Nicholas Linwood
1773 by-election Thomas Fonnereau
1774 Richard Combe
1779 by-election Martyn Fonnereau
1780 Philip Champion Crespigny
1784 Samuel Salt
1790 Lord Grey of Groby Thomas Grenville
1796 Sir John Aubrey, Bt Whig Michael Angelo Taylor Whig
1800 by-election George Johnstone
1802 John McMahon Tory
April 1812 by-election Sandford Graham
October 1812 The Lord Dufferin & Claneboye Tory Andrew Strahan Tory
1818 Samuel Walker Tory Joshua Walker Tory
1820 James Blair Tory
1826 John Wilson Croker Tory
1827 by-election Wyndham Lewis Tory
February 1829 by-election Marquess of Douro Tory
May 1829 by-election Spencer Horsey Kilderbee Tory
1830 John Wilson Croker Tory
1832 Constituency abolished

Election results

See also


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