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Kidderminster Former County constituency for the House of Commons County Worcestershire Major settlements Kidderminster 1918 (1918)–1983 (1983) Number of members One Replaced by Wyre Forest 1832 (1832)–1918 (1918) Number of members One Type of constituency Borough constituency Created from Worcestershire Kidderminster was a parliamentary constituency in Worcestershire, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post voting system. Contents 1 History 2 Boundaries 2.1 1832–1868 2.2 1868–1918 2.3 1918–1950 2.4 1950–1983 3 Members of Parliament 4 References 5 Sources History The borough of Kidderminster returned two members to Parliament in 1295, Walter Caldrigan and William Lihtfot, but not to any subsequent one.[1][2] From 1295 to 1832 Kidderminster had no separate representation from Worcestershire. The constituency was created by the Reform Act 1832 for the 1832 general election and was abolished for the 1983 general election, when it was largely replaced by the new Wyre Forest constituency. Boundaries 1832–1868 The Reform Act 1832 enfranchised Kidderminster as a parliamentary borough. The constituency comprised the township of Kidderminster Borough and part of the township of Kidderminster Foreign.[1] The Parliamentary Boundaries Act of the same year set out the boundaries in detail: From the Point at or near Proud Cross at which the Boundary of the old Borough meets the Broomfield Road, along the Boundary of the old Borough, to the Point at which the Abberley Road meets the Black Brook; thence, Westward, along the Abberley Road to the first Point at which the same is met by a Hedge running due South therefrom; thence along the said Hedge to its Southern Extremity near a Stone Quarry; thence in a straight Line to the said Stone Quarry; thence in a straight Line to the First Mile Stone on the Bewdley Road; thence, Westward, along the Bewdley Road to the Point at which the same is joined by a Footpath leading to the Stourport Road; thence along the said Footpath to the Point at which the same meets the Boundary of the old Borough; thence, Southward, along the Boundary of the old Borough to the Point at which the same meets the South-eastern Fence of a Wood called "The Copse," situated on the Eastern Bank of the River Stour; thence along the said Fence to the Point at which the same meets Hoo Lane; thence across Hoo Lane, over a Stile called "Gallows Stile," along a Footpath leading from the said Stile to the Lane from Hoo Brook to Comberton Hill, to the Point at which the last-mentioned Footpath meets the Lane from Hoo-Brook to Comberton Hill; thence, Northward, along the Lane from Hoo-Brook to Comberton Hill to the Point at which the same meets the Boundary of the old Borough; thence, Northward, along the Boundary of the old Borough to the Point first described.[3] 1868–1918 The Representation of the People Act 1867 (also known as the Second Reform Act) redrew parliamentary constituencies. The consequential Boundary Act of the following year extended the boundaries of the parliamentary borough. Three areas of the parish of Kidderminster and part of the parish of Wolverley were added.[4] 1918–1950 The next change in constituency boundaries was carried out under the Representation of the People Act 1918. The parliamentary borough was abolished and a new Kidderminster constituency was created as a division of the parliamentary county of Worcestershire. It consisted of a wide area of northern Worcestershire, comprising the following local government districts:[1][5] Bromsgrove Rural District Kidderminster Rural District The municipal borough of Kidderminster Bromsgrove Urban District North Bromsgrove Urban District Redditch Urban District 1950–1983 The Representation of the People Act 1948 redrew constituencies throughout Great Britain: the revised boundaries were first used at the 1950 general election. The 1948 legislation also introduced the terms "borough constituency" and "county constituency".[1] The Bromsgrove and Redditch areas were formed into a separate Bromsgrove constituency, while the new Kidderminster County Constituency, now took much of north west Worcestershire. It was defined as follows:[6] The boroughs of Bewdley and Kidderminster The urban district of Stourport on Severn The rural districts of Kidderminster, Martley and Tenbury The boundaries were not altered at the next redistribution in 1970 and the seat remained unchanged until the 1983 general election, when constituencies were realigned to the administrative geography introduced in 1974. A new seat of Wyre Forest was formed centred on Kidderminster.[7] Members of Parliament Election Member Party 1832 Richard Godson Whig 1835 George Richard Philips Whig 1837 Richard Godson Tory 1847 Liberal-Conservative 5 Sep 1849 John Best Peelite 1852 Robert Lowe Liberal 1859 Alfred Rhodes Bristow Liberal 27 May 1862 Luke White Liberal 1865 Albert Grant[note A] Conservative 1868 Thomas Lea Liberal 1874 Albert Grant[note A] Conservative 2 Aug 1874 Sir William Augustus Fraser, Bt. Conservative 1880 John Brinton Liberal 1886 Sir Augustus Frederick Godson Conservative 1906 Edmund Broughton Barnard Liberal Jan. 1910 Major Eric Ayshford Knight Conservative 1922 Sir John Wardlaw-Milne Conservative 1945 Louis Tolley Labour 1950 Sir Gerald Nabarro Conservative 1964 Sir Tatton Brinton Conservative Feb 1974 Esmond Bulmer Conservative 1983 constituency abolished: see Wyre Forest Note A: ^ Grant was granted the title of baron in the Italian nobility by Victor Emmanuel II in 1868, and styled himself "Baron Albert Grant" thereafter. His election in 1874 was overturned on petition.[8] References ^ a b c d Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1991). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.2: Northern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 845. ISBN 0861931270.  ^ Williams, William Retlaw (1897). The parliamentary history of the county of Worcester : including the city of Worcester, and the boroughs of Bewdley, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Pershore, from the earliest times to the present day, 1213-1897, with biographical and genealogical notices of the members. Hereford: Privately published for the author. pp. 185–190. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832 c.64, Schedule O ^ The Public General Acts 1868. London: HMSO. 1868. p. 165. Retrieved 9 July 2010.  ^ Representation of the People Act 1918, Ninth Schedule: Redistribution of Seats ^ Representation of the People Act 1948 c.65, First Schedule, Parliamentary Constituencies ^ The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1983 (S.I. 1983/417) ^ Thomas Seccombe, rev. Michael Reed (2004). "Grant, Albert , Baron Grant in the Italian nobility (1831–1899)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 17 December 2009.  Sources Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd edition ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.  Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 1)