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Lancashire Constituency 1290 to 1832.

Lancashire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England from 1290, then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800, and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832. It was represented by two Members of Parliament, traditionally known as Knights of the Shire until 1832.

The ancient county of Lancashire covered a much larger area than the modern county of Lancashire. The county town of Lancaster was in the north of the county. The county boundary was further north beyond Carnforth and followed approximately the same boundary as the modern county. The old county of Lancashire also included land on the opposite side of Morecambe Bay. Barrow and Furness and the area between Lake Windermere and the River Duddon, and the area west of the River Winster were considered parts of Lancashire. Most of the modern district of Ribble Valley was at this time part of Yorkshire. In the south the county extended to the River Mersey and Liverpool and followed the Mersey and the River Tame to Ashton-under-Lyne. Most of the southern area of the ancient county now forms the modern metropolitan counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

The people of the ancient county of Lancashire had been represented in Parliament since at least the 13th Century. It was this period that saw the practice of returning two knights from the shire counties to Parliaments summoned by writ to meet. These were generally regarded as the first assemblies of representatives. At that time Westminster, within the county of Middlesex, had yet to become the permanent home of Parliament. It was the King who decided when and where a Parliament should assemble, and although Westminster was the usual venue, sometimes special circumstances in this period meant Parliaments were summoned to other cities. Early returns have not survived, but the first named representatives of Lancashire, Mattheus de Redman and Johannes de Ewyas are shown in the returns to the Parliament of England summoned to meet at Westminster on 27 November 1295 in the reign of Edward I.

In this early period of Parliamentary history not all Parliaments summoned just shire Knights. Some also required the presence of two representatives of each city and borough. In the 1295 Parliament the two county Members for Lancashire were joined by two Members from each of the four boroughs of Lancaster, Liverpool, Preston and Wigan. Lancaster and Kenneth O. Morgan, ‘Greenwood, Arthur William James , Baron Greenwood of Rossendale (1911–1982)

Preston occasionally sent Members to subsequent Parliaments but it was not until the sixteenth century that all four boroughs regularly returned Members to Parliament. At this time Clitheroe and Newton-le-Willows also gained the status of Parliamentary boroughs with each returning two Members. Manchester was granted a town charter in 1301 but had no municipal authority and did not achieve the status of a Parliamentary borough. This was despite the parish of Manchester having a population larger than Liverpool parish by over 100,000 by 1831. Manchester appears in the returns once in the Parliament 1656. This was the second Protectorate Parliament that followed Oliver Cromwell’s Instrument of Government that declared Cromwell Lord Protector. The Instrument was an attempt to redistribute seats on a more equitable basis and towns such as Leeds and Manchester gained representation as a result, but this ended following the Restoration.

Lancashire had a total of fourteen Members in the unreformed House of Commons, and this remained the pattern.


Parliament First member Second member
1294 Mathew de Redman
1295 Mathew de ?Sechnan John de ?vyas
1297 Henry de Keighley Henry de oteler
1298 Henry de Keighley John Denyas
1300 Gilbert de Singleton Egbert de Haydock
1301 Henry de Keighley Thomas Travers
1302 William de Clifton Gilbert de Singleton
1305 William de Clifton William Banastre
1307 (Jan) Gilbert de Singleton John Travers
1307 (Oct) Mathew de Redman William le Gentil
1311 William le Gentil Thomas de Betham
1312 Henry de Trafford Sir Richard le Molyneux
1313 (Mar) William de Bradshaigh Edmund de Daere
1313 (Jul) Ralph de Bickerstaff William de Slene
1313 (Sep) Henry de ?Vegherby Thomas de Thornton
1314 Thomas Banastre William de Slene
1316 (Jan) William de Bradshaigh Adam de Hoghton
1316 (Jun) John de Lancaster William de Walton
1316 (Jul) Sir Roger de Pilkington Sir John de Pilkington
1318 (Oct) Edmund de Neville John de Hornby
1319 William de Walton William de Slene
1320 Gilbert de Haydock Thomas de Thornton
1321 John de Hornby Gilbert de Haydock
1322 Richard de Hoghton John de Lancaster
1324 (Jan) Edmund de Nevill Gilbert de Haydock
repl. by Thomas de Lathom
1324 (Oct) William de Slene Nicholas de Norreys
1325 William de Bradshaigh John de Hornby
1326 Edmund de Neville Richard de Hoghton
1327 (Sep) Michael de Haverington William Lawrence
1328 (Feb) William de Bradshaigh Edmund de Neville
1328 (Apr) Thomas de Thornton John de Hornby
1328 (Jul) William Lawrence Thomas de Thornton
1328 (Oct) Nicholas de Norreys Henry de Haydock
1329 (Feb) Nicholas de Norreys Henry de Haydock
1329/30 (Mar) William de Saperton Henry de Haydock
1330 William de Bradshaigh John de Lancaster
1331 William de Bradshaigh Oliver de Stansmeld
1332 Robert de Dalton Adam de Banastre
1332 (Sep) John de Hornby, jnr Robert de Dalton
1332/3 (Jan) Edmund de Neville John de Hornby, jnr
1333/4 (Feb) Edmund de Nevill Robert de Dalton
1334 Robert de Radcliffe Henry de Haydock
1335 (May) Robert de Sherburne Edmund de Neville
1336 (Mar) John de Sherburne Henry de Haydock
1336 (Sep) John de Hornby, jnr Henry de Haydock
1336/7 (Mar) Robert de Ireland Sir Henry de Haydock
1337 (Sep) Richard de Hoghton Edmund de Neville
1337/8 (Feb) Robert de Billisthorpe Robert de Radcliffe
1338 (Jul) John de Hornby John de Clyderho
1339 Robert de Clyderhowe Henry de Bickerstaff
1339 (Oct) Nicholas de Hulme Robert de Prescot
1339/40 (Jan) John de Radcliffe Robert de Radcliffe
1340 (Mar) John de Dalton Robert de Dalto
1343 (Apr) John de Haverington John Ungoun
1344 Nicholas le Boteler William de Radcliffe
1346 John de Clyderhow Adam de Bradkirk
1347/8 (Jan) Adam de Hoghton John Cockayne
1348 (Apr) Robert de Plesington Robert de Prescot
1351 Otho de Halsall William de Radcliffe
1351/2 (Jan)  ?
1352 (Aug) John de Haverington One knight only summoned
1353 William Cables One knight only summoned
1354 (Apr) William Cables Richard Nowell
1355 Robert de Hornby Roger de Farington
1357 (Apr) John de Haverington Robert de Singleton
1357/8 (Feb) Robert de Farington Robert de Hornby
1360 William de Hesketh Roger de Farington
1360/1 (Jan) William de Radcliffe Richard de Townley
1362 (Oct) Edmund Lawrence Matthew de Rixton of Rixton Hall
Result set aside as unlawful
1363 (Oct) Adam de Hoghton Roger de Pilkington
1364/5 (Jan) Sir Adam de Houghton Sir Roger de Pilkington
1366 (May) Sir John le Boteler William de Radcliffe
1368 Sir Roger de Pilkington Roger de Ratcliffe
1369 (Jun) Sir John de Dalton John de Ipres
1370/1 (Feb) John de Ipres Richard de Townley
1371 (Jun) John de Ipres One knight only summoned
1372 (Nov) Sir Nicholas Haryngton Sir John le Boteler
1373 (Nov) William de Atherton John de Holcroft
1376 (Apr) Sir John le Boteler Roger de Brockholes
1376/7 (Jan) Sir John le Boteler Roger de Pilkington
1377 (Oct) Sir John le Boteler Sir Nicholas Haryngton
1378 Ralph de Ypres Sir John le Boteler
1379 Sir Nicholas Haryngton Robert Urswyk
1380 (Jan) Sir John le Boteler Thomas Southworth
1380 (Nov) Sir John le Boteler Thomas Southworth
1381 (Sep) Sir William de Atherton Robert Urswyk
1382 (May) Sir Roger de Pilkington Robert de Clifton
1382 (Oct) Sir John de Assheton Robert Urswyck
1382/3 (Feb) Sir Richard de Hoghton Robert Clifton
1383 (Oct) John de Holcroft Sir Walter de Urswyk
1384 (Apr) Sir Roger Pilkington Thomas Gerard
1384 (Nov) Robert Urswyk William de Tunstall
1385 Robert Urswyk Thomas de Radcliffe
1386 (Oct) Sir Nicholas Haryngton Robert Worsley
1388 (Feb) Sir John le Boteler Sir Thomas Gerard
1388 (Sep) Sir John Assheton Sir John Croft
1390 (Jan) Sir John Assheton Sir Ralph de Ypres
1390 (Nov) Sir Robert Urswyk Sir John Croft
1391 Sir Robert Urswyk Robert Worsley
1393 Sir Robert Urswyk Sir Ralph de Ypres
1394 Sir Robert Urswyk Sir Thomas Gerard
1395 Sir Robert Urswyk Thomas Radcliffe
1397 (Jan) Sir Robert Urswyk Richard Molyneux
1397 (Sep) Sir John le Boteler Sir Ralph Radcliffe
1399 Sir Robert Urswyk Sir Henry Hoghton
1401 Sir Robert Urswyk Sir Nicholas Atherton
1402 Sir Richard Houghton Sir Nicholas Haryngton
1404 (Jan) Robert Laurence Sir Ralph Radcliffe
1404 (Oct) Sir James Haryngton Sir Ralph Stavely
1406 Robert Laurence Sir William Boteler
1407 Sir Henry Hoghton Sir Ralph Stavely
1411 John de Ashton John Booth
1413 (Feb)
1413 (May) John de Ashton John Stanley
1414 (Apr) Ralph Radcliffe Nicholas Blundell
1414 (Nov) Robert Laurence John Stanley
1416 (Mar) John de Ashton John Morley
1416 (Oct)
1419 Nicholas le Boteler John Laurence
1420 Richard Shirburne John Booth
1421 (May) Sir Thomas Radcliffe Thomas Urswick
1421 (Dec) Richard Shirburne Sir John Byron
1422 (Nov) Thomas Urswick John Gerard
1423 (Oct) Sir Thomas de Radcliffe Ralph de Radcliffe
1425 (Apr) Ralph Fitz Nicholas Richard de Radcliffe
1425/6 (Feb) Sir John Boteler Nicholas Boteler
1427 (Oct) Ralph de Radcliffe Thomas Stanley
1429 (Sep) Sir John Byron Sir Robert Lawrence
1430/1 (Jan) John de Morley William Gernet
1432 (May) Sir William de Assheton Thomas de Harrington
1433 (Jul) Sir Thomas Stanley Sir Thomas Radcliffe
1435 (Oct) Henry de Halsall Thomas Lawrence
1436/7 (Jan) Thomas de Harrington Henry de Halsall
1439 (Nov) Thomas Stanley Thomas de Harrington
1442 (Jan) Thomas Stanley Thomas de Harrington
1447 Thomas Stanley Thomas de Harrington
1448 Thomas Stanley Thomas de Harrington
1450 Thomas Stanley Thomas de Harrington
1455 Thomas Stanley Alexander Radcliffe
1459 Sir Richard Harrington Henry Halsall
1460 Sir Richard Harrington Henry Halsall
1463 (Apr)  ?
1467 (Jun) Sir James Harrington Sir William Harrington
1472 (Oct) Robert Harrington John Assheton (grandson of MP of 1413)
1477/8 (Jan) Sir George Stanley Sir James Harrington
1482/3 (Jan)  ?
1483-1523 Not known
1529 Henry Farington Andrew Barton
1536  ?
1539  ?
1542  ?
1545 Sir Thomas Holcroft John Kitchen
1547 Thurstan Tyldesley John Kitchen
1553 (Mar) Sir Richard Houghton sick 1553
and replaced by
Sir Robert Worsley
Thomas Butler
1553 (Oct) Sir Richard Sherborn John Rigmayden
1554 (Apr) Sir Thomas Stanley Sir Thomas Langton
1554 (Nov) Sir Thomas Stanley Sir John Holcroft
1555 Sir Thomas Stanley Sir William Stanley
1558 Sir Thomas Talbot Sir John Holcroft
1559 (Jan) Sir John Atherton Sir Robert Worsley
1562–1563 Sir Thomas Gerard Sir John Southworth
1571 John Ratcliffe Thomas Butler
1572 John Ratcliffe Edmund Trafford
1584 (Nov) Sir Gilbert Gerard, made Master of the Rolls
and replaced Jan 1585 by
Richard Bold
Richard Molyneux
1586 John Atherton Richard Holland
1588 (Oct) Thomas Gerard, sat for Staffs
and repl. by
Thomas Walmsley
1593 Sir Richard Molyneux Sir Thomas Gerard
1597 (Nov) Sir Thomas Gerard Robert Hesketh
1601 Sir Richard Hoghton Thomas Hesketh
1604 Sir Richard Molyneux Sir Richard Hoghton
1614 Sir Thomas Gerard, 1st Baronet Sir Cuthbert Halsall
1621-1622 Sir John Ratcliffe Sir Gilbert Hoghton
1624 Sir John Ratcliffe Sir Thomas Walmsley
1625 Sir Richard Molyneux, Bt Sir John Ratcliffe
1626 Robert Stanley Sir Gilbert Hoghton
1628-1629 Sir Richard Molyneux Sir Alexander Radcliff
1629–1640 No Parliaments summoned
1640 (Apr) Sir Gilbert Hoghton, 2nd Baronet William Farrington
1640 (Nov) Ralph Assheton Roger Kirkby, disabled August 1642
1645 Ralph Assheton Sir Richard Hoghton, 3rd Baronet
1648 Ralph Assheton Sir Richard Hoghton, 3rd Baronet


Parliament First member Second member Third Member (1653–1659) Fourth Member (1654–1659)
1653 William West John Sawry Robert Cunliffe
1654 Richard Holland Gilbert Ireland Richard Standish William Ashurst
1656 Richard Holland Gilbert Ireland Richard Standish Sir Richard Hoghton, 3rd Baronet
1659 Sir George Booth Bt Alexander Rigby





17 Apr 1660 Sir Robert Bindlosse,1st baronet 8 May 1624 6 Nov 1688 64
Sir Roger Bradshaigh, later [1679] 1st
baronet(to 1679) 14 Jan 1628 31 Mar 1684 56
16 Apr 1661 Edward Stanley 7 Jan 1639    Oct 1664 25
17 Jan 1665 Thomas Preston 2 Mar 1600 9 Jan 1679 78
25 Feb 1679 Charles Gerard, styled Viscount Brandon from
July 1679,later [1694] 2nd Earl of Macclesfield c 1659 5 Nov 1701
(to 1685)
Peter Bold 2 Sep 1656 c May 1692 35
9 Sep 1679 Sir Charles Hoghton,4th baronet c 1644 10 Jun 1710
17 Mar 1685 Sir Roger Bradshaigh,2nd baronet c 1649 17 Jun 1687
James Holt    Oct 1647 7 Jan 1713 65
17 Jan 1689 Charles Gerard, styled Viscount Brandon, later
[1694] 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (to 1694) c 1659 5 Nov 1701
Sir Charles Hoghton,4th baronet c 1644 10 Jun 1710
11 Mar 1690 James Stanley, later [1702] 10thEarl of Derby 3 Jul 1664 1 Feb 1736 71
(to 1703)
6 Feb 1694 Sir Ralph Assheton,2nd baronet 11 Feb 1652 4 May 1716 64
16 Aug 1698 Fitton Gerard, later [1701] 3rd Earl of Macclesfield 15 Oct 1663 26 Dec 1702
4 Feb 1701 Richard Bold(to 1704) 20 May 1678 21 Mar 1704 25
11 Jan 1703 Richard Assheton(to 1705) 4 May 1654 Sep 1705 51
18 Apr 1704 Richard Fleetwood 1653 21 Dec 1709 56
15 May 1705 Charles Zedenno Stanley 8 Dec 1666 9 Apr 1715 48
Richard Shuttleworth(to 1750) 3 Sep 1683 22 Dec 1749 66
22 Sep 1713 Sir John Bland,5th baronet 10 Sep 1691 9 Apr 1743 51
5 Sep 1727 Sir Edward Stanley,5th baronet, later [1736]
11th Earl of Derby 17 Sep 1689 22 Feb 1776 86
4 May 1736 Peter Bold c 1705 12 Sep 1762
26 May 1741 James Stanley (later Smith-Stanley),styled
Baron Strange(to 1771) 7 Jan 1717 1 Jun 1771 54
23 Jan 1750 Peter Bold c 1705 12 Sep 1762
14 Apr 1761 James Shuttleworth 6 Dec 1714 28 Jun 1773 58
5 Apr 1768 Lord Archibald Hamilton, later [1799] 9th Duke
of Hamilton and 6th Duke of Brandon(to 1772) 15 Jul 1740 16 Feb 1819 78
23 Jul 1771 Charles William Molyneux,8th Viscount
Molyneux [I], later [30 Nov 1771] 1st Earl of
Sefton [I](to 1774) 11 Oct 1748 31 Jan 1795 46
4 Feb 1772 Sir Thomas Egerton,7th baronet, later [1801]
1st Earl of Wilton(to 1784) 14 Feb 1749 23 Sep 1814 65
11 Oct 1774 Edward Smith-Stanley, styled Baron Stanley,
later [1776] 12th Earl of Derby 12 Sep 1752 21 Oct 1834 82
26 Mar 1776 Thomas Stanley c 1753 late 1779
22 Feb 1780 Thomas Stanley(to 1812) 14 Sep 1749 25 Dec 1816 67
13 Apr 1784 John Blackburne(to 1830) 5 Aug 1754 11 Apr 1833 78
14 Oct 1812 Edward Smith-Stanley,styled Baron Stanley,
later [1834] 13th Earl of Derby(to 1832) 21 Apr 1775 30 Jun 1851 76
5 Aug 1830 John Wilson-Patten, later [1874] 1st Baron
Winmarleigh 26 Apr 1802 11 Jul 1892 90
10 May 1831 Benjamin Heywood, later [1838] 1st baronet 12 Dec 1793 11 Aug 1865 71

North Lancashire Constituency 1832 to 1867.

The constituency was split into two two-member divisions, for Parliamentary purposes, in 1832. The county was then represented by the North Lancashire and South Lancashire constituencies : the latter representing the hundreds of Salford and West Derby, and the former the hundreds of Amounderness, Blackburn, Leyland and Lonsdale.

North Lancashire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was represented by two Members of Parliament. The constituency was created by the Great Reform Act of 1832 by the splitting of Lancashire constituency into Northern and Southern divisions.

Great Reform Act of 1832

The Representation of the People Act 1832 reformed the distribution of seats in England and Wales. It introduced the principle of splitting the shire counties into divisions and returning two Members for each division rather than for the whole county and it also reformed the Parliamentary boroughs that were entitled to send Members to Parliament.8 Schedule A listed boroughs that were to be abolished and it included Newton. Schedule B listed boroughs to return a single Member to subsequent Parliaments and Clitheroe was listed.

Schedules C and D of the Act listed the newly created Parliamentary boroughs. Those in Schedule C were to return two Members and these included Manchester, Bolton, Blackburn and Oldham in Lancashire. Those in Schedule D were to become single seat boroughs and included Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury, Rochdale, Salford, and Warrington.

Schedule F of the Act listed the counties to be divided into two divisions, both of which would return two Members. Lancashire was one of those listed. The Boundary Commission proposals that followed the Act, published in 1832, made recommendations on the boundaries of the Parliamentary boroughs and divisions of counties that had been listed in Schedule F.9 These were then implemented by the Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832.

The divisions of the county were based on the hundreds of Lancashire. The hundreds of Amounderness, Blackburn, Leyland and Lonsdale were allocated to the Northern division, and the Salford and West Derby hundreds were allocated to the Southern division. The boundary of the two divisions extended approximately from Southport to Wigan, north to Chorley, and then east, passing south of Haslingden, to the Bacup area.

The result of these changes meant the total Parliamentary representation for Lancashire in the reformed House of Commons was 26, an increase of 12. Lancashire benefited more than any other county as a result of these reforms.

Date Elected




17 Dec 1832 Edward Geoffrey Smith-Stanley,styled Baron
Stanley from 1834,later [1851] 14th Earl of
Derby 29 Mar 1799 23 Oct 1869 70
John Wilson-Patten,later [1874] 1st Baron
Winmarleigh [(to 1874) 26 Apr 1802 11 Jul 1892 90
20 Sep 1844 John Talbot Clifton 5 Mar 1819 16 Apr 1882 63
3 Aug 1847 James Heywood 1810 17 Oct 1897 87
31 Mar 1857 Spencer Compton Cavendish,styled Marquess of
Hartington,later [1891] 8th Duke of Devonshire 23 Jul 1833 24 Mar 1908 74
17 Nov 1868 Frederick Arthur Stanley,later [1893] 16th
Earl of Derby (to 1885) 15 Jan 1841 14 Jun 1908 67
26 Mar 1874 Thomas Henry Clifton 3 Mar 1845 31 Mar 1880 35
14 Apr 1880 Randle Joseph Feilden 1824 19 May 1895 70

North East Lancashire Constituency 1867 to 1885.

North East Lancashire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The constituency was created by the Reform Act of 1867 and replaced the North Lancashire Parliamentary constituency, a county division with two seats.

It was represented by two Members of Parliament. The new North East division of Lancashire comprised the hundred of Blackburn, apart from the areas included within the Parliamentary boroughs of Burnley and Blackburn. The area of the modern Hyndburn constituency, which lies between the two towns of Burnley and Blackburn, was therefore represented by the two MPs for the North East Lancashire division as a result of these changes.

Boundary Commission Review 1868

The 1868 review carried out by the Boundary Commission followed the Representation of the People Act 1867. This Act appointed the Commission to inquire into the boundaries of the new boroughs created by the Act; the counties the Act had newly divided, and to review all other existing boroughs that had not been disenfranchised by the Act. In inquiring into existing boroughs, the Commission had the power to recommend extension of borough boundaries if it thought this was appropriate. This Act also increased the number of Members representing each of the growing industrial cities of Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, from two to three.13 The Commissioners conducted local inquiries and reported in 1868.

In Lancashire, as well as the additional Members for Liverpool and Manchester, Salford also gained an extra seat, taking it to two Members. Burnley was created as a Parliamentary borough with the right to return a single Member. Lancaster was abolished as a Parliamentary borough as a result of corrupt practices at the previous general election. The boundaries of the following Parliamentary boroughs were altered but the number of Members remained the same as constituted by the 1832 reforms: Ashton-under-Lyne, Blackburn, Bolton, Oldham, Preston and Rochdale.

The county divisions of Lancashire were further divided. From 1868 there were four divisions of the county, each returning two Members. The boundaries were first used in the election that occurred in the November and December of 1868 and they gave Lancashire a total of 32 Members of Parliament across the county. (In this review Stalybridge, which was partly in Cheshire and partly in Lancashire, was granted the status of a Parliamentary borough but is not considered part of Lancashire for this note).

The constituency was abolished by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, being divided into the single member divisions of Accrington, Darwen and Rossendale.

Date Elected




1868 James Maden Holt and
John Pierce chamberlain Starkie
18 Oct 1829
19 Sep 1911
12th June 1888.
1880 Spencer Compton Cavendish, styled Marquess of Hartington, ,later [1891] 8th Duke of Devonshire and
Frederick William Grafton
23rd July 1833
24th March 1908
27th January 1890

North East Lancashire, Accrington Division 1885 to 1918.

From 1885 to 1918, The constituency, officially named North East Lancashire, Accrington Division consisted of the Municipal Borough of Accrington, and the parishes of Altham, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Hapton, Huncoat, Oswaldtwistle, and Rishton.

Date Elected




28 Nov 1885 Frederick William Grafton 1816 27 Jan 1890 73
7 Jul 1886 Robert Trotter Hermon-Hodge, later [1902] 1st
baronet and [1919] 1st Baron Wyfold 23 Sep 1851 3 Jun 1937 85
Jul 1892 Joseph Francis Leese [knighted 1895],later [1908]
1st baronet 28 Feb 1845 29 Jul 1914 69
19 Jan 1910 Harold Trevor Baker 22 Jan 1877 12 Jul 1960 83

The Accrington Borough Constituency, 1918 to 1948.

The Representation of the People Act 1918 reorganised constituencies throughout Great Britain. Constituencies were defined in terms of the districts created by the Local Government Act 1894.

The Parliamentary Borough of Accrington consisted of the Municipal Borough of Accrington and the Urban Districts of Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Oswaldtwistle, and Rishton. The three parishes of Altham, Hapton and Huncoat passed to the Clitheroe constituency.

The Representation of the People Act 1948 replaced the term "parliamentary borough" with "borough constituency". The Accrington Borough Constituency was defined in the same terms as in the 1918 legislation. However there were boundary changes reflecting local government changes in the 1930s: the Huncoat area rejoined the constituency as the parish had been absorbed by the Borough of Accrington.

Date Elected




14 Dec 1918 Ernest Gray [knighted 1925] 27 Aug 1856 6 May 1932 75
15 Nov 1922 Charles Roden Buxton 27 Nov 1875 16 Dec 1942 67
6 Dec 1923 John Hugh Edwards 9 Apr 1869 14 Jun 1945 76
30 May 1929 Tom Snowden 1875 27 Nov 1949 74
27 Oct 1931 Henry Adam Procter 15 Nov 1883 26 Mar 1955 71
26 Jul 1945 Walter Travers Scott-Elliot 9 Oct 1895 14 Dec 1977 82

An enlargement of the county borough of Blackburn took away part of Rishton. These boundaries were first used in the 1950 general election.

Date Elected




23 Feb 1950 Henry Hynd 4 Jul 1900 1 Feb 1985 84
31 Mar 1966 Arthur Davidson 7 Nov 1928 16th January 2018 89

Hyndburn Borough Constituency, 1983 to Present (2019)

In 1983 the Accrington constituency was abolished, and the newly formed Hyndburn Borough created. In 1974 local government in England and Wales was reorganised. However parliamentary boundaries were not altered until 1983. The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 created new constituencies based on the new districts. A new Hyndburn Borough Constituency was formed. The new seat included the whole of the Accrington constituency with the addition of Altham and Great Harwood.

Date elected




9 Jun 1983 Joseph Kenneth Hargreaves 1 Mar 1939 23 Jun 2012 73
9 Apr 1992 Gregory James Pope 29 Aug 1960
6 May 2010 Graham Peter Jones 3 Mar 1966
12 December 2019 Sara Alice Briitcliffe 1995    








The parliamentary representation of Lancashire, (county and borough), 1258-1885