Bletchingley

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
1558/9JOHN BRACE 1
 WILLIAM PORTER 2
1562/3JOHN COKER
 JOHN ELSEDON
1571ROWLAND MAYLARD
 RICHARD BOSTOCK
24 Apr. 1572THOMAS BROWNE
 HENRY KENRICK
1 Nov. 1579RICHARD BOSTOCK vice Kenrick, deceased
1584RICHARD BOSTOCK 3
 JOHN COX 4
1586(SIR) THOMAS BROWNE
 JOHN COX
4 Nov. 1588RICHARD BOSTOCK
 JOHN COX
1593JULIUS CAESAR
 STEPHEN RIDDLESDEN
12 Oct. 1597CHARLES HOWARD II
 JOHN TREVOR
25 Nov. 1597SIR RICHARD TREVOR vice Howard, chose to sit for Surrey
11 Oct. 1601JOHN TURNER
 BOSTOCK FULLER

Main Article

Bletchingley formed part of the possessions of Sir Thomas Cawarden, who died in 1559. It was sold by his executors in 1560 to William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham, in whose family it remained for the rest of this period.5

Neither of the 1559 MPs had obvious connexions with the borough. However, John Brace, a London Exchequer official, may have owed his return either to Roger Alford, a fellow Exchequer official, or to Henry Polsted, a former MP for the borough, while William Porter, a