File MC 3243/72 - Norfolk County election, addresses, squibs, details of the poll, etc.

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MC 3243/72


Norfolk County election, addresses, squibs, details of the poll, etc.


  • 1802 (Creation)

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Francis Russell (23 July 1765-2 March 1802) was the Fifth Duke of Bedford.

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Sir Jacob Henry Astley (12 September 1756-28 April 1817) was an MP and the 5th Baronet of Melton Constable.

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(13th century-20th century)

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At Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

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The only son of William and Sarah.

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(1415-20th century)

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Kimberley Hall and estates in surrounding parishes have been in the hands of the Wodehouse family since at least the early fifteenth century. In 1873 the estate of the Earl of Kimberley in Norfolk was 10,800 acres, making him one of the greatest landowners in the county.

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The family have played an important role in local and national affairs. Members include:

John Wodehouse, esquire of the body to Henry V 1413-1422, Chamberlain of the Exchequer 1415.

Edward Wodehouse, knighted at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.

Thomas Wodehouse, created a Knight of the Bath at the marriage of Prince Arthur in 1501.

Roger Wodehouse, knighted by Edward VI in 1548.

Thomas Wodehouse, MP, knighted at the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547.

Roger Wodehouse, MP, knighted in 1578.

Philip Wodehouse (d 1623), MP, first Baronet.

Thomas Wodehouse (d 1658), MP for Thetford 1640-1653, High Sheriff of Norfolk 1624.

Philip Wodehouse (1608-1681), MP for Norfolk 1654-1658 and for Thetford in the Restoration Parliament.

John Wodehouse (1669-1754), MP for Norfolk and Recorder of Thetford.

Armine Wodehouse (1714-1777), MP for Norfolk 1737-1768, Colonel of East Norfolk Militia. Sir Armine Wodehouse was the fifth Baronet.

John Wodehouse (1741-1834), Recorder of Falmouth, MP for Norfolk 1784-1797, elevated to the peerage as the first Baron Wodehouse in 1797.

John Wodehouse (1771-1846), second Baron, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk.

John Wodehouse (1826-1902), Envoy Extraordinary at St Petersburg 1856-1858, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1864-1866, served in Gladstone's ministries as Secretary of State for India, the Colonies and Foreign Affairs. Succeeded his grandfather as third Baron Wodehouse in 1846 and raised to the Earldom of Kimberley in 1866.

John, second Earl of Kimberley (1848-1932).

John, third Earl of Kimberley (1883-1941).

John, fourth Earl of Kimberley (b 1924).

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(13th century-21st century)

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The family owned land in Norfolk from the 13th century. Sir Edward Coke (1549-1633), Lord Chief Justice, added to the Norfolk estates, inherited Suffolk property and purchased estates in Bucks., Dorset, London, Oxon. and Somerset. The family also acquired property in Derbyshire and Lancashire through marriages of Sir Edward Coke's sons. Non-Norfolk estates were sold c 1750-1820. The family seat is at Holkham Hall, Holkham.

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MC 3243/72/1 Song: 'Twas in the Land of Dumplings, nd [?1802]
MC 3243/72/2 Song: Britannia's Triumph: in praise of T.W. Coke and referring to recent death of 5th duke of Bedford (1765-1802), nd [1802]
MC 3243/72/3 An appeal to the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of Norfolk in support of Sir Jacob Astley who has been traduced and vilified, nd
MC 3243/72/4a-b Address to the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of Norfolk by T.W. Coke supporting character of Sir Jacob Astley which has been aspersed, nd (2 papers)
MC 3243/72/5 Address to the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of Norfolk by Jacob Henry Astley defending himself against reports reflecting on his private character, nd
MC 3243/72/6-7 Address to the Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of Norfolk by Thomas William Coke, Norwich, 12 July 1802 (2 copies, 1 with date cut off
MC 3243/72/8 Oh, Phaon, listen, and redress her wrongs! Addressed to 'Richard' urging him to take back his wife but not to enter parliament. This is presumably addressed to Sir Jacob Henry Astley who stood for Norfolk in 1802, nd [1802]
MC 3243/72/9 Notice that William Windham will stand for county of Norfolk, Col. Wodehouse having relinquished his pretentions, nd [1802]
MC 3243/72/10 'The Weather-Cock', verses supporting Windham [mentions posible invasion], printed by Stevenson & Matchett, Norwich, single sheet, nd
MC 3243/72/11 Notice to Gentlemen, Clergy, and Freeholders of Norfolk: Mr Windham having withdrawn his pretensions, John Wodehouse offers himself again, Norwich, 11 July 1802
MC 3243/72/12 Verses: A Norfolk Freeholder to a Freeman of Norwich in support of Wodehouse, nd
MC 3243/72/13 Song: 'Tho' Purple fade and Pink should die away, Frappe Forte to Wodehouse, shall endure the day', nd
MC 3243/72/14 Song: The Retreat of Wodehouse, nd
MC 3243/72/15 Norfolk Election, Notice to Freeholders: on the eighth day of this instant July Colonel Wodehouse, by hand bills offered to come forward as a candidate ... On the tenth day of the same month Colonel Wodehouse changes his mind ... On the eleventh day of this month Colonel Woodhouse, regardless of his former resignation offers himself as a candidate ... nd [1802]
MC 3243/72/16-17 Lines: 'By Authority, To be read in all Churches and Chapels'; printed by Payne, Norwich - mocking Wodehouse. 2 copies, one mounted, nd
MC 3243/72/18 Notice by Sir Jacob Astley that he sincerely wishes to afford every freeholder an opportunity to vote, nd
MC 3243/72/19 Notice of state of poll for Coke and Astley, the latter has a majority of 40 votes over Col. Wodehouse, a number which the continued exertions of his Friends may easily overcome, nd
MC 3243/72/20 Notice to Friends of Sir Jacob Astley and Mr Coke to attend poll, nd
MC 3243/72/21-29 Norfolk Election: state of the poll showing votes cast, 14-20 July 1802 (9 papers).
The dominant figure in the county elections was Thomas William Coke of Holkham, a whig with almost unlimited funds. In 1802 he supported as his partner Sir Jacob Astley, defending him against rumours about his marital affairs. They were opposed by Windham and Wodehouse.

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Created 02/11/2016 by droip. Modified 10/01/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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