VOTING IN BYGONE DAYS
1834 West Riding Yorkshire Poll Book - Township of Cridling Stubbs (Snaith Polling District)
Name of voter Residence of voter
W William Appleyard Cridling Stubbs
W Benjamin or Richard Cooke Cridling Stubbs
W William D D Chafy The Lodge, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
W John Ingle Cridling Stubbs
W William Ingle Cridling Park
Joseph Ingle Cobcroft
William Pilkington Thorne
The 2 parliamentary candidates were Lord Viscount Morpeth and the Hon John Stuart Wortley. Lord Morpeth gained 9066 votes, Wortley 6295, therefore Morpeth won by 2807 votes and was duly elected to Parliament.
"W" by the name of the voter indicates those who voted for the Hon John Stuart Wortley.
In the limelight, the first secret ballot in Britain wasn't held until 1872 and just happened to be in a Pontefract by-election! The ballot boxes being sealed with the characteristic liquorice stamp.