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|3 Jan. 1559||RICHARD BULLINGHAM|
|1562/3||WILLIAM GIBBES II|
|JOHN MORE I|
|1572||CHRISTOPHER DIGHTON I|
|THOMAS WALSGROVE alias FLEET|
|7 Nov. 1584||RICHARD NASH|
|26 Sept. 1586||RALPH WYAT|
|1 Nov. 1588||WALTER JONES|
|JOHN WALSGROVE alias FLEET|
|14 Oct. 1597||ROLAND BERKELEY|
|CHRISTOPHER DIGHTON II|
The government of Worcester was vested in two bailiffs, a recorder, a town clerk, a council of 24 and a council of 48. The method of election, according to the chamber order book, was that the city council would meet (probably to make the actual choice of MP), then the bellman would summon ‘the rest of the commons ... as many as would come’ to ‘give their voices thereunto’. Then the ‘bailiffs and the whole council together went up to the council chamber and ... proceeded to their election’. In the event of disagreement a poll would be taken of all those present, including the 24 and the 48.
Worcester had a record of complete electoral independence. All the MPs were townsmen and all except John Walsgrovealias Fleet (1589) held office in the corporation. John Walsgrove alias Fleet was a lawyer, son of Thomas Walsgrove alias Fleet (1572). Also father and son were the two Christopher Dightons (1572, 1601). Walter Jones (1584, 1586, 1589, 1583) was the town clerk.
The more independent the borough, the more scrupulous it was about paying its MPs. The going rate at Worcester up to 1572 for each session was 2s. per day per Member plus 1s. per day ‘in consideration of finding of a man betwixt them’. The accounts for 1584 and 1597 work out at 3s. per day per Member, but there is no mention of provision for a servant. In 1563 each of the 24 paid