|Former County constituency |
for the House of Commons
|Major settlements||East Grinstead|
|Number of members||One|
|Replaced by||Mid Sussex and Wealden|
|Created from||East Sussex|
|Number of members||Two|
|Type of constituency||Borough constituency|
East Grinstead was a parliamentary constituency in the Kingdom of England, the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. It first existed as a Parliamentary borough from 1307, returning two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons elected by the bloc vote system. The borough was disfranchised under the Reform Act 1832, but the name was revived at the 1885 election when the Redistribution of Seats Act created a new single-member county division of the same name.
Upon its abolition for the 1983 election, its territory was divided between Mid Sussex and Wealden.
1885–1918: The Sessional Divisions of Cuckfield (except the parish of Crawley), East Grinstead, and Uckfield (except the parishes of East Heathley and Waldron).
1918–1950: The Urban Districts of Burgess Hill, Cuckfield, East Grinstead, Hayward's Heath, and Uckfield, and the Rural Districts of Cuckfield, East Grinstead, and Uckfield.
1950–1955: The Urban Districts of Cuckfield and East Grinstead, the Rural District of Uckfield, in the Rural District of Cuckfield the parishes of Ardingly, Balcombe, Bolney, Cuckfield Rural, Horsted Keynes, Lindfield Rural, Slaugham, West Hoathly, and Worth, and in the Rural District of Battle the parishes of Burwash, Etchingham, and Ticehurst.
1955–1974: As 1950 less the Battle RD parishes.
1974–1983: The Urban District of East Grinstead, and the Rural District of Uckfield.
|Year||First member||Second member|
|1388 (Feb)||John Dyne||John Heldele|
|1388 (Sep)||William Nelond||Richard Woghere|
|1391||John Alfray I||John Dyne|
|1393||Thomas Alleyn||Thomas Rasse|
|1395||Thomas Farlegh||William atte Hull|
|1397 (Jan)||John Dyne||John Punget|
|1397 (Sep)||John Dyne||John Punget|
|1399||John Dyne||Richard Woghere|
|1402||John Dyne||Richard Woghere|
|1407||John Dyne||Richard Woghere|
|1413 (May)||Thomas Alleyn||John Hoke|
|1414 (Nov)||John Dyne||John Woghere|
|1416 (Mar)||John Ermyte||John Mason|
|1419||William Fenningham||John Hamme|
|1421 (May)||Richard Fowell||John Woghere|
|1421 (Dec)||John Alfray II||John Woghere|
|1447 John Alfray||1457||Ralph Legh|
|1459 John Alfray||1510-1523||No names known|
|1529||William Rutter||Edward Goodwin|
|1547||Jasper Culpeper|| John Sackville II, died |
and replaced by Jan 1552 by George Darrell
|1553 (Mar)||Sir Robert Oxenbridge||George Darrell|
|1553 (Oct)||Sir Thomas Stradling||John Story|
|1554 (Apr)||Richard Whalley||Anthony Stapleton|
|1554 (Nov)||Thomas Duffield|
|1555||?William Barnes||John Wiseman|
|1558||Thomas Farnham||Thomas Parker|
|1559||Thomas Sackville||Humphrey Llwyd|
|1562–3||John Sackville||Lawrence Banester|
|1571||John Jeffrey||Henry Berkeley|
|1572||Thomas Cure||Michael Heneage|
|1584||Thomas Cure||Francis Alford|
|1586||John Covert||Drew Pickesse|
|1589||Francis Alford||Thomas Frere|
|1593||Reade Stafford||John Shurley|
|1597||George Rivers||Richard Baker|
|1601||Sir Henry Compton||George Rivers|
|1604||Sir Henry Compton||Sir John Swynnerton|
|1614||Sir Henry Compton||George Rivers|
|1621||Sir Henry Compton||Thomas Pelham|
|1624||Robert Heath||Thomas Caldicot|
|1625||Robert Heath||Sir Henry Compton|
|1626||Robert Goodwin||Sir Henry Compton|
|1628-1629||Robert Goodwin||Sir Henry Compton|
|1629–1640||No Parliaments summoned|
|1640 (Apr)||Sir Henry Compton||Robert Goodwin|
|1640 (Nov)||Lord Buckhurst, disabled 1644||Robert Goodwin|
|1648||Robert Goodwin||John Baker|
|1653||Not represented in Barebones Parliament|
|1654||John Goodwin||(one seat only)|
|1656||John Goodwin||(one seat only)|
|1659||Robert Goodwin||George Courthope|
|Year||First member||Second member|
|1660||Marmaduke Gresham||George Courthope|
|12 February 1679||Edward Sackville|
|7 April 1679||Henry Powle|
|19 April 1679||Sir Thomas Littleton, Bt|
|19 August 1679||Goodwin Wharton||William Jephson|
|1681||Sir Cyril Wyche||Henry Powle|
|1685||Simon Smith||Thomas Jones|
|1689||Sir Thomas Dyke||Thomas Sackville|
|February 1695||The Earl of Orrery|
|November 1695||John Conyers|
|1698||The Earl of Orrery|
|January 1701||Matthew Prior|
|November 1701||The Earl of Orrery|
|1708||Viscount Lumley||Henry Campion|
|1710||John Conyers||Leonard Gale|
|1713||Hon. Spencer Compton|
|1715||The Viscount Shannon|
|March 1722||Hon. Sir Spencer Compton|
|November 1722||The Viscount Shannon|
|1727||The Viscount Palmerston|
|1734||The Earl of Middlesex||Edward Conyers|
|1741||Sir Whistler Webster|
|1751||Hon. Joseph Yorke|
|March 1761||The Earl of Middlesex||Lord George Sackville|
|December 1761||Sir Thomas Hales, Bt|
|1765||Sir Charles Farnaby|
|1767||Lord George Sackville|
|1782||Henry Arthur Herbert|
|1790||Nathaniel Dance||William Hamilton Nisbet|
|1802||Sir Henry Strachey||Daniel Giles|
|1807||Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt.||Charles Ellis|
|January 1812||Richard Wellesley|
|March 1812||George Gunning|
|June 1812||Nicholas Vansittart|
|October 1812||George Gunning||James Stephen|
|1815||Sir George Johnstone Hope|
|May 1818||Lord Strathavon|
|June 1818||The Hon. Charles Jenkinson|
|1830||Frederick Richard West|
|1885||George Gregory||Conservative||MP for East Sussex 1868–1885|
|1886||Alfred Gathorne-Hardy||Conservative||MP for Canterbury 1878–1880. Son of 1st Earl of Cranbrook|
|1895||George Goschen||Conservative||Governor of Madras 1924–1929; 2nd Viscount Goschen 1907–1952|
|1910 (Jan)||Henry Cautley||Conservative||ennobled in 1936 as Baron Cautley, triggering a by-election|
|1936 by-election||Ralph Clarke||Conservative|
|1955||Evelyn Emmet||Conservative||Made a life peer in 1965 as Baroness Emmet of Amberley, triggering a by-election|
|1965 by-election||Geoffrey Johnson-Smith||Conservative||Former broadcaster. MP for Wealden 1983–2001|
|1983||Constituency abolished. See Wealden and Mid Sussex|
|Liberal||Charles John Heald||2,579||42.2|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
|Liberal||Charles John Heald||1,877||36.3||-5.9|
|Liberal||Edward George Jenkinson||2,349||37.1||+0.8|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+7.8|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+15.6|
|Liberal||Henry Norman Spalding||3,531||37.3||+1.5|
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;
|Cindicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
|Liberal||Godfrey Frerichs Mowatt||5,604||19.7||New|
|Labour||Albert Edward Millett||5,708||20.4||-1.2|
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;
|Labour||David George Packham||12,519||25.3||+3.7|
|Liberal||John Charles McLaughlin||8,711||17.6||New|
|Liberal||John Charles McLaughlin||11,329||20.9||+3.3|
|Liberal||John Charles McLaughlin||7,375||13.5||-7.4|
|Liberal||Judith St John Thornton||6,034||13.1||-0.4|
|Labour||Robert William G Humphreys||10,104||19.8||-5.6|
|Labour||William H Hill||10,859||19.8||0.0|
|Labour||Jon Antony A Evans||6,101||13.5||-6.4|
|Liberal||James H Downie||13,611||27.0||+0.3|
|Labour||Arthur Harris Roberts||11,938||19.8||0.0|
|Liberal||David Carleton Bruce Smithers||12,343||19.7||-7.3|
|Liberal||Peter Hasler Billenness||15,351||34.2||+14.5|
|Labour||William J Short||5,629||12.5||-6.7|
|Labour||David William John Blake||6,648||16.0||+3.5|
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