Lewes

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
1558/9GEORGE GORING I 1
 THOMAS SAUNDER 2
1562/3GEORGE GORING I
 WILLIAM CANTRELL
1571WILLIAM MORLEY
 EDWARD FENNER
10 Apr. 1572EDWARD BELLINGHAM
 JOHN SHURLEY I
27 Oct. 1584RICHARD BROWNE I
 THOMAS PELHAM
1586RICHARD BROWNE I
 FRANCIS ALFORD
22 Oct. 1588ROBERT SACKVILLE
 JOHN SHURLEY I
1593SIR HENRY GLEMHAM
 GEORGE GORING II
1597SIR HENRY GLEMHAM 3
 JOHN SHURLEY I 4
1601GEORGE GORING II
 GODDARD PEMBERTON
1601(SIR) PERCIVAL HART vice Pemberton, chose to sit for Peterborough

Main Article

By the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign the ownership of Lewes was divided between Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk; Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby; Lord Bergavenny, and a Mary Everard of Lewes, who married twice, her husbands being Richard Bellingham (father of Edward Bellingham, the 1572 MP) and George Goring I, the 1559 and 1563 Member, whose son, George Goring II, sat in 1593 and 1601. Goring’s cousin, the lawyer Edward Fenner, sat in 1571. The borough was governed by ‘a society of the wealthier and discreeter sort of townsman, commonly called the twelve’ who elected two constables annually. The only surviving return for this period, that of 1588, was made by the two constables and ten named burgesses. Adjoining Lewes was the manor and borough of Southover, which had the right to return an MP to every second Parliament. Southover belonged to Sir Richard Sackville and Sir Richard Baker, until, in 1581, it passed to Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst. The Crown Office list for 1586 notes that Francis Alford, the latter’s cousin, was returned ‘for Southover, a member of Lewes’. Thomas Saunder, the second 1559 Member, lived in Southover and was a close connexion of (and may have been in the service of) the Sackvilles. Other Sackville nominees at Lewes were Richard Browne I (1584, 1586), Robert S