Bridgwater

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
6 Jan. 1559SIR THOMAS DYER
 ROBERT MOLYNS
1562/3NICHOLAS HALSWELL
 JOHN EDWARDS I
1566JOHN TOOLES vice Halswell, deceased
1571EDWARD POPHAM
 JOHN EDWARDS I
20 Apr. 1572EDWARD POPHAM
 JOHN EDWARDS I
5 Nov. 1584EDWARD POPHAM
 ROBERT BLAKE
1586JOHN COURT
 ROBERT BLAKE
6 Nov. 1588ALEXANDER POPHAM
 ROBERT BLAKE
1593ROBERT BOCKING
 WILLIAM THOMAS II
23 Sept. 1597ALEXANDER POPHAM
 ALEXANDER JONES
5 Oct. 1601(SIR) FRANCIS HASTINGS I
 ALEXANDER POPHAM

Main Article

Bridgwater’s charter, confirmed in 1554, placed the town in the hands of a mayor, recorder and two bailiffs. By a charter of 1587 it was re-incorporated as the mayor, aldermen and burgesses of Bridgwater. During Elizabeth’s reign the principal landowner in Bridgwater was the Crown.1

The senior Members in