Higham Ferrers

Single Member Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Background Information

Right of Election:

in the resident freemen

Number of voters:

about 100


29 Jan. 1715CHARLES LEIGH 
20 Jan. 1724JOHN FINCH vice Wentworth, deceased76
 Thomas Dacres34
15 Feb. 1727FINCH re-elected after appointment to office 
19 Aug. 1727JOHN FINCH 
26 Apr. 1734JOHN FINCH 
4 May 1741HENRY FINCH 
28 Dec. 1741HENRY SEYMOUR CONWAY vice Finch, chose to sit for Malton 
26 June 1747JOHN HILL 
21 Nov. 1753JOHN YORKE vice Hill, deceased 

Main Article

In 1715 Higham Ferrers, consisting of about 250 houses, was controlled by Thomas Wentworth, a Whig, who had bought the manor, including most of the town, from the last Earl of Feversham. On his death in 1723 the borough passed to his son, Thomas Wentworth, created Marquess of Rockingham in 1746, whose nominee at the ensuing by-election was unsuccessfully opposed by Thomas Dacres, the owner of some former church lands in the town.1 Thenceforth Wentworth nominees were returned unopposed.

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Bridges, Northants. ii. 173.