Map of Nottinghamshire within the various counties of Great Britain & Ireland.
Map of Nottinghamshire within the various counties of Great Britain & Ireland.

Elections to the first Nottinghamshire County Council were held on 15 January 1889. The new council consisted of 68 members; 51 councillors and 17 aldermen. Of the 17 aldermen, 7 were elected from the county council, and 10 from outside the county council.[1]

Amongst those elected was one Labour Electoral Association candidate; William Mellors, who topped the poll in the Byron Division. Five candidates, including Mellors ran in the division, with 2 Conservatives also being elected, whilst three Liberals failed to be elected. Following the vote the Liberal candidates accused Mellors of splitting the vote.[2] Following the election the council was controlled by Conservatives and allied political independents, and their control would continue until 1946.[3]

Following the election Henry Strutt, 2nd Baron Belper was nominated as chairman.[4] Over half of the councils members came from Nottinghamshire's landowning class, although this would decline in later years.[5]

Provisional meetings of the new County Council were held on 24 January and 28 February 1889, with the first full meeting being held on 1 April 1889.

References

  1. ^ Nottinghamshire County Council - History of Nottinghamshire County Council/
  2. ^ Mining in the East Midlands 1550–1947 p.218
  3. ^ "p.115" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  4. ^ "p.95" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  5. ^ "p.105" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.