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Constituencies 1820-1832

Published in 2009

These are the most recent volumes in the History of Parliament series to be available on The History of Parliament Online. They provide the most comprehensive study ever compiled on Parliament between 1820 and 1832, the period of Catholic Emancipation, the trial of Queen Caroline, the pursuit of ‘Old Corruption’ and the Great Reform Act, when the United Kingdom came as close to revolution as it has been in modern times, and began its long transition to democracy. The seven volumes researched and published by the History of the Parliament Trust include biographies of the 1367 members of the House of Commons and accounts of politics and elections in each constituency during the period.

The constituency articles provide a catalogue of what the journalist William Cobbett called ‘old corruption’ in operation. Gatton in Surrey, for example, one of the most notorious rotten boroughs, had been owned since 1801 by a man who had made a fortune in India and sold th