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TYTHING OF VAULTERSHOME VOTERS LIST - 1851/1852

 

Bear in mind that before 1928 the number of people eligible to vote in elections was quite restricted. Before 1867 in urban areas and before 1884 in rural areas most men could not vote and would not appear in the register. No woman could vote in parliamentary elections before 1918. regardless of the amount of freehold property she owned.

 

Until 1884 there were two types of franchise: the borough and the county. In county constituencies, men over 21 who owned freehold land worth 40 shillings a year and over were qualified to vote. Before 1832 the borough franchise varied according to local custom. For example, Westminster, which was the only parliamentary borough in Middlesex at that time, had a ‘scot and lot’ franchise which qualified all men paying poor rates.

 

The qualifications for each voter are carefully noted on the lists but it will be noted that many men did not actually live in the property which qualified them to become a voter so the address under ABODE sometimes differs from that listed in the  PROPERTY ADDRESS column

 

The Voters List for the Tything of Vaultershome in the Hundred of Roborough, Devon can be found by going to

www.cornwall-opc.org/Records/parishes/L-P/maker_tything_voters_1851_52.php

 

This link, in turn, gives access to the Maker Parish page (see bottom right corner for link) from which other useful Maker-related documents  may be retrieved.

 

 
 
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