The Fourth Duke of Newcastle, the 'Mob' and Election Contests in Nottinghamshire, 1818–1832
Author: Gaunt, Richard
Source: Midland History, Volume 33, Number 2, Autumn 2008 , pp. 196-217(22)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article considers the sometimes violent nature of electoral contests in Nottinghamshire in the period 1818–32. By contrast with Nottingham, the constituencies of Newark and East Retford continued to exhibit a high degree of aristocratic and gentry political influence in this period. This gave rise to tensions which were exacerbated by the peculiarities of the pre-reform electoral system and the character of the county's leading aristocratic electioneer, the fourth duke of Newcastle. Nottinghamshire election contests assumed more than purely local significance, occurring as they did in the period when parliamentary reform became the leading subject of political debate. However, while the structural foundations of Newcastle's influence changed, as a result of hostile publicity, electoral challenges, the enlargement of the Retford constituency and the terms of the 1832 Reform Act, there was a re-assertion of aristocratic and conservative influence in these constituencies after 1832.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2008-09-01