|Former County constituency |
for the House of Commons
Barnstaple in Devon 1885-1918
|Number of members||one|
|Replaced by||North Devon and Torrington|
|Number of members||two|
|Type of constituency||County constituency|
Barnstaple was a constituency centred on the town of Barnstaple in Devon, in the South West of England. It returned two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1885, thereafter, one.
It was created in 1295 and abolished for the 1950 general election. Most of the area and the town falls into the North Devon seat.
1885–1918: The Municipal Boroughs of Barnstaple and Bideford, and the Sessional Divisions of Bideford and Braunton.
1918–1950: The Municipal Boroughs of Barnstaple and Bideford, the Urban Districts of Ilfracombe, Lynton, and Northam, and the Rural Districts of Barnstaple and Bideford (including Lundy Island).
|Year||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|Jan. 1377||Thomas Raymond|
|Oct. 1377||Thomas Raymond|
|1386||John Bidewell||Jocelin Antony|
|February 1388||Thomas Norris II||William Long|
|September 1388||John Sampford||Roger Rede|
|January 1390||Thomas Norris II||Robert Crook|
|1391||John Aston||Robert Cobbley|
|1393||Richard Colecote||John Herberd|
|1394||Thomas Norris II||John Bidewell|
|1395||Thomas Norris II||John Bidewell|
|January 1397||Robert Napton||Thomas Holman|
|1399||Thomas Hoper||Walter Spencer|
|1402||Robert Napton||John But|
|1406||Thomas Holman alias Pyers||John Luttrell|
|1407||John Bakwell||John Hunt|
|1410||Alfred Wonston||John Foxley|
|1411||Nicholas Broomford||Alfred Wonston|
|May 1413||Thomas Haseley||John Broomford|
|November 1414||John Pyne||John Walwyn|
|1420||William Weldo||Walter Prideaux|
|May 1421||John More II||Richard Wood|
|December 1421||John Cokeworthy II||Sir John Trebell|
|1427||Sir John Trebell|
|1512||John Culme||John Goddisland|
|1529||Hugh Yeo||Anthony Bury|
|1545||George Rolle||George Haydon|
|1547||Sir James Wilford died 1550 and repl. by|
Sir Arthur Champernowne
|1553 (Mar)||William Gardiner||Thomas Prideaux|
|1553 (Oct)||Robert Carey||Roger Worthe|
|1554 (Apr)||Sir John Pollard||George Ferrers|
|1554 (Nov)||Robert Apley||William Salusbury|
|1555||Robert Apley||George Stapleton|
|1558||Richard Skinner||William Salusbury|
|1558/9||Sir John Chichester||John Darte|
|1562/3||Arthur Bassett||Robert Apley|
|1571||Peter Wentworth||Robert Apley|
|1572||Vincent Skinner||Robert Apley|
|1584||John Peryam||Robert Prowse|
|1586||Thomas Hinson||Lewis Darte|
|1588||Thomas Hinson||John Doddridge|
|1593||George Chittinge||Richard Leye|
|1597||Thomas Hinson||George Peard|
|1601||Richard Martin||Edward Hancock|
|1604||Thomas Hinson||George Peard|
|1614||John Gostlin||John Delbridge|
|1621||John Delbridge||Pentecost Dodderidge|
|1624||John Delbridge||Pentecost Dodderidge|
|1625||John Delbridge||Pentecost Dodderidge|
|1626||Sir Alexander St John||John Delbridge|
|1628||Sir Alexander St John||John Delbridge|
|1640 April||George Peard||Thomas Matthew|
|1640 November||George Peard||Richard Ferris|
|Peard died; Ferrers disabled|
|1646||Philip Skippon||John Dodderidge|
|1653||Not represented in Barebones Parliament|
|1656||Sir John Coppleston|
|1659||Sir John Coppleston||George Walters|
|1660||John Rolle||Nicholas Dennys|
|1661||Sir John Chichester, of Raleigh|
|1667||Sir John Northcote|
|February 1679||Sir Hugh Acland|
|October 1679||Arthur Acland|
|1685||Sir Arthur Chichester|
|1690||Sir George Hutchins||Arthur Champneys|
|1695||Sir Nicholas Hooper||Tory|
|1713||Sir Arthur Chichester|
|1721||Sir Hugh Acland|
|1722||Lieutenant-General Thomas Whetham|
|1727||Richard Coffin||Theophilus Fortescue|
|1734||Sir John Chichester|
|1741||John Harris||Henry Rolle|
|1748||Sir Bourchier Wrey|
|1754||John Harris||Whig||George Amyand||Whig|
|1802||William Devaynes||Tory||Captain Sir Edward Pellew||Tory|
|1807||George Woodford Thellusson||Tory|
|January 1812||William Busk||Whig|
|October 1812||Sir Manasseh Masseh Lopes||Tory||Sir Eyre Coote||Tory|
|1830||Stephens Lyne-Stephens||Tory||George Tudor||Tory|
|1831||Frederick Hodgson||Tory||John Chichester||Whig|
|1832||Charles St John Fancourt||Tory|
|1847||Richard Bremridge||Conservative||Hon. John Fortescue||Whig|
|1852||Sir William Fraser||Conservative|
|1854||John Laurie||Conservative||Richard Samuel Guinness||Conservative|
|1857||John Laurie||Conservative||Sir William Fraser||Conservative|
|1859||John Ferguson Davie||Liberal||George Potts||Liberal|
|1865||Sir George Stucley||Conservative||Thomas Cave||Liberal|
|1868||Charles Henry Williams||Conservative|
|1874||Samuel Danks Waddy||Liberal|
|February 1880||Newton Wallop||Liberal|
|April 1880||Sir Robert Carden||Conservative|
|1885||Representation reduced to one member|
|1895||Cameron Gull||Liberal Unionist|
|Whig gain from Tory||Swing||N/A|
|Tory||Charles St. John Fancourt||349||28.6||−37.6|
|Conservative||Charles St. John Fancourt||528||43.7||+15.1|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||−23.2|
|Turnout||608 (est)||77.8 (est)||−9.1|
|Whig gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.8|
|Turnout||732 (est)||94.9 (est)||+16.1|
|Conservative gain from Whig||Swing||−1.0|
The election was declared void on petition, due to bribery, causing a by-election.
|Conservative||Richard Samuel Guinness||323||34.3||−0.4|
|Turnout||614 (est)||78.3 (est)||−16.6|
Laurie's election was declared void on petition, due to bribery, causing a by-election.
|Conservative||Henry Thoby Prinsep||36||3.6||N/A|
|Turnout||496 (est)||66.8 (est)||−28.1|
|Liberal||John Ferguson Davie||348||34.0||+15.8|
|Turnout||512 (est)||73.8 (est)||+7.0|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+12.9|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+9.0|
Potts' death caused a by-election.
On petition, Lloyd's election was declared void due to bribery and, on 15 April 1864, Bremridge was declared elected.
|Turnout||630 (est)||88.0 (est)||+14.2|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+7.4|
|Conservative||Charles Henry Williams||788||35.1||−17.8|
|Liberal||William Herbert Evans||667||29.7||+8.9|
|Turnout||1,517 (est)||95.1 (est)||+7.1|
|Liberal||Samuel Danks Waddy||675||25.6||−4.1|
|Turnout||1,317 (est)||82.8 (est)||−12.3|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||−5.1|
Waddy resigned in order to contest Sheffield, causing a by-election.
|Turnout||1,194 (est)||72.5 (est)||−10.3 (est)|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+3.5|
|Liberal Unionist||George Pitt-Lewis||4,222||58.8||+13.9|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+13.9|
|Liberal Unionist||W Leedham White||4,236||49.1||−9.7|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+9.7|
|Liberal Unionist||Cameron Gull||4,825||51.2||+2.1|
|Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+2.1|
|Liberal Unionist||Cameron Gull||4,660||48.2||−3.0|
|Liberal gain from Liberal Unionist||Swing||+3.0|
|Liberal Unionist||George Borwick||5,354||46.2||+5.5|
|Liberal Unionist||Charles Sandbach Parker||5,155||46.0||−0.2|
|Liberal Unionist||Charles Sandbach Parker||5,751||48.0||+2.0|
General election 1914/15:
Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1915. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the July 1914, the following candidates had been selected;
|Unionist||Charles Sandbach Parker||10,679||48.6||+0.6|
Both candidates supported the Coalition Government; Rees may have received its endorsement.
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+1.7|
|Labour||Richard W. Gifford||1,225||4.1||n/a|
|Liberal gain from Unionist||Swing||+2.5|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.1|
|Liberal||David Marshall Mason||16,593||43.9||−4.1|
|Labour||Donald Evan Mullins||3,864||10.2||n/a|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing|
General election 1939/40:
Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place and by the Autumn of 1939, the following candidates had been selected;
|Liberal||Mark Bonham Carter||13,752||32.9|
|Labour||Ivor Arthur Jack Williams||10,237||24.5|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing|
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