Eye

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
1571RICHARD BEDELL
 CHARLES CUTTER I
1572CHARLES CALTHROPE
 CHARLES CUTLER
10 Nov. 1584BASSINGBOURNE GAWDY I
 GEORGE BROOKE
1 Oct. 1586BARTHOLOMEW KEMP
 THOMAS BEDINGFIELD
22 Oct. 1588EDWARD GRIMSTON
 EDMUND BACON
1593EDWARD HONING
 PHILIP GAWDY
17 Sept. 1597ANTHONY GAWDY
 EDWARD HONING
1601EDWARD HONING
 ANTHONY GAWDY

Main Article

The borough was included in the royal honour of Eye, where in Elizabeth’s reign the Crown still appointed the keeper, or constable, of the castle. The government of the borough was confirmed by a charter of 1559, but partly owing to overlapping jurisdictions, disputes broke out, and following a Star Chamber case, ordinances for ‘better government’ were drawn up in 1565. Confirmed by a new charter ten years later, these descr