Poll Books of Old England


I hope you found Episode 14 useful.


If you would like to look further at the Great Reform Bill of 1832, Antonia Fraser’s Perilous Question provides three hundred readable, entertaining and reliable pages. (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2013)  You may have sensed from my comments on the podcast that this preliminary to the Victorian age is one of my favourite tales in our history.


Since recording the podcast, I have returned to the 1832 Poll Book for Cambridgeshire as part of a general tidying up of collateral lines and I remained surprised by the value of these sources.  For a fairly simple listing of names, they can easily occupy hours of the genealogists’ time when we commence some analysis.


Here are the links that I mentioned during the podcast.




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