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

Elections to Kesteven County Council were held on Saturday, 2 March 1946. 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]

For the 1946 election, the county was divided into sixty wards, ten of which accounted for the town of Grantham, five for Stamford, three for Sleaford and two for Bourne.[5] Only twenty-six were contested and most of these were in the towns: every seat in Stamford and Bourne and all but one in Grantham and Sleaford. The results were extremely close in two wards: in Sleaford no. 3 there was a tie, forcing the returning officer to cast his ballot; and in Corby, the difference between the two candidates was one vote.[6] In summarising the result, the Lincolnshire Echo stated that "politics play little part in Kesteven County Council affairs";[6] this was true at least insofar that Labour was the only political party to contest any of the wards. Having won five seats, the remainder went to independent candidates.

Results

Ancaster

Ancaster[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
R. G. Simpson NA NA

Bassingham

Bassingham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. D. G. Battersby NA NA

Bennington

Bennington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
F. Winter 518 85.9
T. L. Hopwood 85 14.1
Turnout 603

Billingborough

Billingborough[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
A. Wilson NA NA

Billinghay

Billinghay[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
E. Gilbert NA NA

Bourne no. 1

Bourne no. 1[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Rev. W. J. Rees 529 65.0%
W. Seaton 285 35.0%
Turnout 814

Bourne no. 2

Bourne no. 2[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
R. A. Collins 400 58.6%
T. H. Wardale 283 41.4%
Turnout 683

Bracebridge

Bracebridge[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Herbert E. Hough 362 65.5%
John Colton Hall 191 34.5%
Turnout 553

Branston

Branston[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. H. Johnson NA NA

Brytham

Brytham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John H. Turner NA NA

Caythorpe

Caythorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John W. Oxby NA NA

Claypole

Claypole[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John W. Milner NA NA

Colsterworth

Colsterworth[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
James D. Hind NA NA

Corby

Corby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
K. King 223 50.1%
P. Adcock 222 49.9%
Turnout 445

Cranwell

Cranwell[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John Taylor NA NA

Deeping St James

Deeping St James[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Charles H. Feneley NA NA

Dunston

Dunston[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Frank Clarke NA NA

Gonerby and Barrowby

Gonerby and Barrowby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John E. Snell NA NA

Grantham no. 1

Grantham no. 1[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Montague Ogden 293 56.7%
Independent John William Joseph Sandall 224 43.3%
Turnout 517

Grantham no. 2

Grantham no. 2[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs. Lilian Basford[7] NA NA

Basford was elected Mayor of Grantham and became an alderman later in 1946, forcing her to vacate the seat. The Labour candidate Elizabeth Frances Bullimore was the only person nominated to replace her and so took up the seat in March 1947.[8][9]

Grantham no. 3

Grantham no. 3[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John William Harrison 350 69.6%
Independent Alfred Malcolm Hall 153 30.4%
Turnout 503

Grantham no. 4

Grantham no. 4[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent William Griffin 302 57.2%
Labour George William Ancliff 226 42.8%
Turnout 528

Grantham no. 5

Grantham no. 5[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Gordon Foster 445
Labour Herbert Cant 407
Turnout 852

Grantham no. 6

Grantham no. 6[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Frederick Leonard Preston 245
Labour Mrs Sarah Ann Barnes 226
Turnout 471

Grantham no. 7

Grantham no. 7[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Colonel Edward Johns Grinling 267
Labour Mrs Elizabeth Frances Bullimore 226
Turnout 493

Grantham no. 8

Grantham no. 8[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mrs Dorothy Shipman 189
Independent Mrs Veronica Mary Platt Webster 174
Labour Reginald Edgar Burnett 91
Turnout 454

Grantham no. 9

Grantham no. 9[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Reginald Charles Moore 389
Independent Edward Roberts 339
Turnout 728

Grantham no. 10

Grantham no. 10[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Mrs Louise Marion Ward 243
Labour George William Bowen 156
Turnout 399

Heckington

Heckington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. H. Goose 298 39.7%
F. W. Watson 264 35.2%
Labour J. H. Brighton 188 25.1%
Turnout 750

Helpringham

Helpringham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. G. Cragg NA NA

Kyme

Kyme[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
C. J. Willows NA NA

Leadenham

Leadenham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Henry W. N. Fane NA NA

Market Deeping

Market Deeping[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Francis R. Wade NA NA

Martin

Martin[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
John F. Vickers NA NA

Metheringham

Metheringham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
F. C. Townsend 317
R. A. Fincham 281
Turnout 598

Morton

Morton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Rev. C. Letts 271
R. Pacey 207
H. B. Atkinson 193
Turnout 750

Navenby

Navenby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Charles B. Aram NA NA

North Hykeham

North Hykeham[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
George W. Hutson NA NA

Osbournby

Osbournby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Rev. David Jones NA NA

Ponton

Ponton[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sir H. J. E. S. Cholmeley Bt NA NA

Rippingale

Rippingale[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
A. W. Sharman NA NA

Ropsley

Ropsley[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Joseph F. Dodds NA NA

Ruskington

Ruskington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
B. E. Brighton NA NA

Scopwick

Scopwick[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Kenneth C. Irving NA NA

Skellingthorpe

Skillingthorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
R. C. Turner NA NA

Sleaford no. 1

Sleaford no. 1[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
E. W. Elmore 443
S. S. Williams 255
Turnout 698

Sleaford no. 2

Sleaford no. 2[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
H. H. Brown NA NA

Sleaford no. 3

Sleaford no. 3[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
W. Middleton 225
Mrs C. D. Jessop 224
Turnout 449

Stamford no. 1

Stamford no. 1[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Ernest Ireson 336
Labour Harold Knowles 189
Turnout 525

Stamford no. 2

Stamford no. 2[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent C. Prestwood 285
Labour W. A. J. Downes 145
Turnout 525

Stamford no. 3

Stamford no. 3[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent James S. Prior 344
Labour J. W. L. Whincup 237
Turnout 499

Stamford no. 4

Stamford no. 4[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent P. K. Banks 325
Labour L. March 276
Turnout 525

Stamford no. 5

Stamford no. 5[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A. E. Millett 532
Independent H. Skells 304
Turnout 836

Swinderby

Swinderby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
P. W. Spray 312
R. Hewison 116
Turnout 428

Thurlby

Thurlby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
T. G. Holmes NA NA

Uffington

Uffington[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Roland Luker NA NA

Washingborough

Washingborough[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
G. H. Applewhite NA NA

Welby

Welby[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Brigadier-General R. L. Adlercron NA NA

Wilsford

Wilsford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lieutenant-Commander J. Cracroft-Amcotts NA NA

Woolsthorpe

Woolsthorpe[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Major H. R. E. Welby 216
F. King 75
Turnout 291

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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ninety Candidates for 60 Seats". Grantham Journal. 22 February 1946. p. 1. Retrieved 21 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 aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh "Returning officer had to give casting vote". Lincolnshire Echo. 4 March 1946. p. 4. Retrieved 21 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Kesteven Polling Tomorrow". Grantham Journal. 1 March 1946. p. 1. Retrieved 21 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Woman joins County Council". Grantham Journal. 14 March 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 21 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Mayor looks back on an enjoyable year". Grantham Journal. 7 November 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 21 April 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.