Double Member Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Right of Election:

in the freemen

Number of voters:

about 500


19 Apr. 1754William Forester
 Brooke Forester
8 Dec. 1758George Forester vice William Forester, deceased
28 Mar. 1761Brooke Forester
 Cecil Forester
18 Mar. 1768Sir Henry Bridgeman
 George Forester
10 Oct. 1774Sir Henry Bridgeman
 George Forester
13 Sept. 1780Sir Henry Bridgeman
 Thomas Whitmore
9 Dec. 1780George Forester vice Whitmore, chose to sit for Bridgnorth
7 Apr. 1784Sir Henry Bridgeman
 John Bridgeman
9 Aug. 1785George Forester vice John Simpson (formerly Bridgeman), vacated his seat

Main Article

The chief interest in the borough 1754-90 was in the Forester family; but the Bridgemans, too, had a certain influence, exercised in alliance with the Foresters.1 There were no contests during this period.

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Namier, Structure, 243-4.