Aldeburgh

Borough

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Elections

DateCandidate
1571ROGER WOODHOUSE
 ROBERT HIGFORD
1572FRANCIS BEAUMONT
 CHARLES SECKFORD
4 Nov. 1584PETER OSBORNE
 JOHN FOXE
1586PETER OSBORNE
 EDMUND BELL
6 Nov. 1588EDWARD COKE
 WILLIAM BENCE
1593THOMAS KNYVET II
 WILLIAM BENCE
22 Sept. 1597FRANCIS HARVEY II
 FRANCIS JOHNSON
2 Oct. 1601MARTIN STUTTEVILLE
 FRANCIS CORBET

Main Article

Aldeburgh was incorporated in 1547 and was governed by two bailiffs assisted by ‘the twelve’ and ‘the twenty-four’. The Duke of Norfolk was lord of the borough, and presumably it was he who secured its enfranchisement in 1571. Its right to return Members was challenged in the House and referred to the returns committee, 6 Apr. 1571.1 Parliamentary election indentures were made between the sheriff and the bailiffs, whose names were given on the returns.