The administrative county of Kesteven (1889–1974), shown within England.
The administrative county of Kesteven (1889–1974), shown within England.

The first elections to Kesteven County Council were held on Thursday, 17 January 1889. Kesteven was one of three divisions of the historic county of Lincolnshire in England; it consisted of the ancient wapentakes (or hundreds) of Aswardhurn, Aveland, Beltisloe, Boothby Graffoe, Flaxwell, Langoe, Loveden, Ness, and Winnibriggs and Threo.[1] The Local Government Act 1888 established Kesteven as an administrative county, governed by a Council;[2] elections were held every three years from 1889, until it was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972, which established Lincolnshire County Council in its place.[3][4]

The forty-six electoral divisions of the new Council were outlined in December 1888. All but two returned one candidate: Sleaford and Quarrington and Bourne and Morton returned two each. The town of Grantham was represented across seven divisions, while Stamford had four.[5] Twenty-one candidates (including both for Sleaford) were returned unopposed. The remainder were informed of the result on the day after polling. Votes were counted in one of the court rooms in Lincoln; the Sheriff of Lincolnshire, A. S. Leslie-Melville, was the presiding officer, while R. A. Stephens was his deputy for Kesteven.[6]

Results by division

Ancaster

Ancaster[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William Avery 180
Henry Smith BA 128
Edmund Lucas-Calcraft JP 35
Turnout

Barrowby

Barrowby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sir W. E. Welby-Gregory Bt JP NA NA

Bassingham

Bassingham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The Viscount St Vincent JP 218
William Brocklebank 168
Turnout

Bennington

Bennington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William Hutchinson 258
John Earle Welby JP 206
Turnout

Billingborough

Billingborough[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Captain Henry Smith JP 207
Edward John Grummitt 246

Billinghay

Billinghay[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
J. D. Bowling NA NA

Bourne and Morton

Bourne and Morton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William Robert Wherry 578
John Derry 527
Christopher Gilbert Peacock JP 309
Thomas Lawrence 204
Turnout

Bracebridge

Bracebridge[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. J. Warrener NA NA

Branston

Branston[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
E. J. Howard NA NA

Bytham

Bytham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Augustus Charles Johnson JP 180
William Hayes 160
Turnout

Caythorpe

Caythorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Colonel F. Fane JP NA NA

Claypole

Claypole[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
George Nevile JP NA NA

Colsterworth

Colsterworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Eli Crabtree 250
Robert Heathcote JP 139

Corby

Corby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The Lord Willoughby de Eresby JP NA NA

Deeping

Deeping[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. Holland JP NA NA

Gonerby

Gonerby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Thomas Newton 205
Thomas Pask 188
Turnout

Grantham no. 1

Grantham no. 1[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John Bailey 212
John Basker 102
Turnout

Grantham no. 2

Grantham no. 2[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. S. Hannett NA NA

Grantham no. 3

Grantham no. 3[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
A. Hutchinson NA NA

Grantham no. 4

Grantham no. 4[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Edward Staveley Harding 294
William Fillingham 86
Turnout

Grantham no. 5

Grantham no. 5[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. L. Wand NA NA

Grantham no. 6

Grantham no. 6[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
J. W. Martin NA NA

Grantham no. 7

Grantham no. 7[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. B. Harrison NA NA

Heckington

Heckington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
James Hubbard 204
Bruce Tomlinson 148
Samuel Lamb 21
Turnout

Heighington

Heckington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
C. C. Sibthorpe NA NA

Helpringham

Helpringham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Edward Clarkson Rowe 198
George Ranyard Lee 185
Turnout

Kyme

Kyme[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The Earl of Winchelsea and Nottingham JP NA NA

Martin

Martin[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John Hague Copping 264
William Bilton Harris 91
Turnout

Metheringham

Metheringham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William Shearburn Fox 194
William Dundas Gilpim-Brown 187
Turnout

Navenby

Navenby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Major Arthur Cecil Tempest JP 180
Charles Edward Marfleet 143
Turnout

Osbournby

Osbournby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Thomas Arthur Robert Heathcote JP 220
Seth Ellis Dean Jr 166
Turnout

Ponton

Ponton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sir H. A. H. Cholmeley Bt JP NA NA

Rippingale

Rippingale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William Bacon 227
Rev. William Wright Layng 94
Turnout

Ropsley

Ropsley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Captain Cecil Thorold JP 216
William Jackson 168
Turnout

Ruskington

Ruskington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Captain Neville Henry Reeve JP 255
Samuel Pattinson 183
Turnout

Skellingthorpe

Skillingthorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. E. Jarvis JP NA NA

Sleaford and Quarrington

Sleaford and Quarrington*[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. H. W. Hervey JP NA NA
Charles Sharpe NA NA

Stamford (All Saints)

Stamford (Stamford All Saints)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Charles Chapman 271
Herbert Hart 255
Turnout

Stamford (St George's)

Stamford (St George's)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John Seaton Loweth 192
Valentine Stapleton 155
Turnout

Stamford (St Michael's and St John's)

Stamford (St Michael's and St John's)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Orlando Edmonds 132
Henry Knott JP 117
Turnout

Stamford (St Martin's and St Mary's)

Stamford (St Martin's and St Mary's)[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Charles Handson 144
William Jonathan Bettle 62
Turnout

Thurlby

Thurlby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Robert Peasgood 203
Charles Whattof 177
Turnout

Uffington

Uffington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
The Lord Kesteven JP 283
William Cross 62
Turnout

Waddington

Waddington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
R. G. Ellison JP NA NA

Wellingore

Wellingore[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Richard Newcombe Morley 192
Richard Blankley Burrows 155
Turnout

Wilsford

Wilsford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Colonel M. Willson JP NA NA

By-elections in February 1889

The Council held its first meeting on 31 January, where it elected a Chairman and sixteen aldermen.[6] If a councillor were elected an alderman, he had to forfeit his seat. Eleven members of the Council were elected to the aldermanic bench, which meant that their seats became vacant, triggering by-elections. Colonel Willson, who had been returned for Wilsford at the first round of elections, was disqualified because he held a paid commission in the armed forces; this triggered a by-election. All twelve were held on 18 February; four candidates stood unopposed.[7]

Grantham no. 2

Grantham no. 2[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Scoffield 198
Conservative Alfred Childs 184
Turnout

Barrowby

Barrowby[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Welborn 245
Liberal Henry Bowman 168
Turnout

Ponton

Ponton[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
R. C. Newton 267
Robert Wyles 102
Turnout

Corby

Corby[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Dr J. E. Collingwood 205
F. Searson 128
Turnout

Sleaford

Sleaford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
A. L. Jessop 510
G. R. Lee 289
Turnout

Wilsford

Wilsford[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. H. Peake 209
F. Ward 193
Turnout

Bourne

Bourne[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative James Measures 442
Liberal John Cappitt 410
Turnout

Helpringham

Helpringham[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Joseph Senior Barber 197
Liberal Charles Edward Harris 147
Charles Hardstaffe Read 37
Turnout

Billingborough

Billingborough[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
E. J. Grummitt NA NA

Branston

Branston[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William Roberts NA NA

Billinghay

Billinghay[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
J. Creasey NA NA

Wellingore

Wellingore[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Colonel Reave NA NA

References

  1. ^ "Kesteven, Lincolnshire", A Vision of Britain (University of Portsmouth). Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ Local Government Act 1888, part ii, section 46.1(a), cf. part v, section 83.10
  3. ^ Local Government Act 1888, part i, section 2, and part vi, section 103
  4. ^ Local Government Act 1972, schedule 1
  5. ^ "Kesteven County Council". Grantham Journal. 8 December 1888. p. 3. Retrieved 26 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av "Kesteven County Council: Result of the Poll". Grantham Journal. 19 January 1889. p. 4. Retrieved 26 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Kesteven County Council: the recent elections". Grantham Journal. 23 February 1889. p. 6. Retrieved 26 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.