Cheshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Cheshire (UK Parliament constituency)
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
1545 (1545)1832 (1832)

Cheshire is a former United Kingdom Parliamentiary constituency for the county of Cheshire. It was a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of England then of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800 and of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1832.

As a county palatine it was unrepresented in the Parliament until the Chester and Cheshire (Constituencies) Act 1542 (34 & 35 Hen VIII. c. 13). Cheshire was represented by two Knights of the Shire from 1545, with only County Durham out of the English counties being left unrepresented after that.

It was divided between the constituencies of North Cheshire and South Cheshire in 1832.



Members of Parliament


  • Constituency created (1545)
Year First member Second member
1545 Sir Lawrence Smith Sir Hugh Calverley
1547 Sir William Brereton Sir Hugh Cholmley
Mar 1553 Sir Thomas Holcroft Sir Thomas Venables
Oct 1553 Edward Fytton
Apr 1554 Sir Henry Delves Richard Wilbraham
Nov 1554 Sir Richard Cotton
1555 Sir Lawrence Smith Richard Wilbraham
1558 Richard Hough James Done
1559 Sir William Brereton Sir Ralph Leycester
1563 Sir Thomas Venables William Massye
1571 Thomas Calveley Thomas Stanley
1572 George Calveley William Booth
1584 Thomas Egerton Hugh Cholmondeley
1586 John Savage
1589 Sir George Beeston
1593 Thomas Holcroft John Done
1597 Sir William Brereton Thomas Egerton II
1601 Sir Peter Legh Thomas Holcroft
1604 Sir Thomas Holcroft Sir Roger Aston
1614 Sir William Brereton Sir Gilbert Hoghton
1621 Sir Richard Grosvenor
1624 William Booth William Brereton
1625 Sir Robert Cholmondeley, Bt Sir Anthony St John
1626 Sir Richard Grosvenor, Bt Peter Daniel
1628 Sir William Brereton, Bt
April 1640 Sir Thomas Aston, Bt
November 1640 Peter Venables
1646 George Booth
1653 Robert Duckenfield Henry Birkenhead
Year First member Second member Third member Fourth member
1654 John Bradshaw Sir George Booth, Bt Henry Brooke John Crew
1656 Richard Legh Thomas Marbury Peter Brooke


Year First member First party Second member Second party
1659 John Bradshaw Richard Legh
1660 Sir George Booth, Bt Sir Thomas Mainwaring, Bt
1661 The Lord Brereton Peter Venables
1664 Sir Fulk Lucy
1670 Thomas Cholmondeley
1678 Hon. Henry Booth Whig
February 1679 Sir Philip Egerton
September 1679 Sir Robert Cotton, Bt Whig
1685 Sir Philip Egerton Thomas Cholmondeley
1689 Sir Robert Cotton, Bt Whig Sir John Mainwaring, Bt Whig
1702 Sir George Warburton, Bt Tory Sir Roger Mostyn, Bt Tory
1705 Langham Booth Whig John Offley-Crewe Whig
1710 Sir George Warburton, Bt Tory Charles Cholmondeley
1715 Langham Booth Whig
1722 Charles Cholmondeley John Offley-Crewe Whig
1727 Sir Robert Salusbury Cotton, Bt
1734 John Crewe
1753 Charles Crewe
1754 Samuel Egerton
1756 Thomas Cholmondeley
1768 John Crewe Whig
1780 Sir Robert Salusbury Cotton, Bt
1796 Thomas Cholmondeley
1802 William Egerton
1806 Davies Davenport
1812 Wilbraham Egerton Tory
1830 Viscount Belgrave Conservative
1831 George Wilbraham Whig
  • Constituency abolished (1832)


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