Sudbury

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
7 Jan. 1559CLEMENT THROCKMORTON
 HENRY FORTESCUE
8 Jan. 1563JOHN HEIGHAM
 THOMAS ANDREWS I
1571JOHN HUNT
 JOHN GURDON
1572RICHARD EDEN
 MARTIN COLE
7 Nov. 1584EDWARD WALDEGRAVE
 HENRY BLAGGE
1586HENRY BLAGGE
 GEOFFREY RUSHAM
6 Nov. 1588THOMAS EDEN
 THOMAS JERMYN
1593WILLIAM FORTESCUE
 DUDLEY FORTESCUE
14 Oct. 1597GEORGE WALDEGRAVE
 JOHN CLAPHAM
6 Oct. 1601PHILIP GAWDY
 EDWARD GLASCOCK

Main Article

Sudbury was first enfranchised at the beginning of this period, probably through the efforts of the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, Sir Ambrose Cave. Both 1559 men were returned through Cave’s influence, the return being made probably direct from the duchy office without the sheriff being a party to it, by the ‘bailiffs’ of the borough, the duchy officials for the manor of Sudbury. But consistent the Elizabethans were not, and, far from returning duchy officials, Sudbury was soon providing a haven for the local families such as the Heighams, Edens, Waldegraves and Jermyns, before reverting, towards the end of the reign, to nominations from the centre. But here again, it might be surmised that when