Electoral Registers: list of Divisions

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This is a backup of the West Yorkshire Archive Service's "Off the Record" wiki from 2015. The live went offline in 2016 and remains unavailable.

The WYAS: Wakefield holds a set of electoral registers for the County Parliamentary Constituencies, these Constituencies are listed in the table below. Wakefield is the only Constituency that continues to deposit electoral registers each year.


The Borough Parliamentary Constituencies compiled their own electoral registers which were known as Burgess Rolls; we therefore do not hold records of places within the following Boroughs pre 1965:

  • Barnsley
  • Batley & Morley
  • Bradford
  • Dewsbury
  • Halifax
  • Huddersfield
  • Leeds
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield
  • Wakefield

A list of Borough electoral registers available at other organisations is available here.

However, WYAS: Wakefield does hold a series of Borough Constituency electoral registers from 1965 to 1974 following reorganisation when these Constituencies were abolished and the whole of the the county of West Yorkshire was organised into one parliamentary electoral system. These former Boroughs from 1965 are also included in the list of divisions in the table below.

Following the Representation of the People Act c1948 some County Constituencies eg. Keighley became Borough Constituencies, meaning the series of electoral registers held by WYAS: Wakefield stops in 1949 but resumes again in 1965.


A note on electoral registers around the First and Second World Wars

There were no electoral registers compiled during either World War I or World War II, therefore registers did not exist between 1916-1917 and 1940-1944.

The County Constituency electoral registers held by WYAS: Wakefield usually record an 'A' by absent voters, signifying men who were away serving in the forces but were still eligible to vote at home. These County registers do not provide regimental details or service numbers like the official Absent Voters List. A separate Absent Voters List for the years 1937, 1938 and 1939 is available at WYAS: Wakefield (ref. WYAS934). See here for more information about Absent Voters.



Electoral Registers held by WYAS: Wakefield:

Includes County Parliamentary Constituencies of the West Riding from 1840 and West Yorkshire Constituencies from 1965-1974.

Click on the name of each Constituency to see what records we hold for that Division and the relevant document reference number. You may also find it helpful to check the Polling Districts within a Constituency to find out which Polling District a township appears in at certain dates; this will make it easier when searching through the electoral registers.


Constituency Date Polling Districts within this Constituency between these dates
Barkston Ash 1886-1983 1886-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-1983
Barnsley 1886-1973 1886-1915, 1965-1973
Batley & Morley 1965-1983 1965-1983
Batley & Spen 1984-1985 1984-1985
Bradford 1965-1970 1965-1970
Bradford North 1971-1985 1971-1985
Bradford South 1971-1985 1971-1985
Bradford West 1971-1985 1971-1985
Brighouse & Spenborough 1965-1983 1965-1983
Calder Valley 1984-1985 1984-1985
Colne Valley 1886-1985 1886-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1954, 1955-1974, 1975-1985
Dearne Valley 1949-1974 1949-1974
Dewsbury 1965-1985 1965-1985
Doncaster 1886-1973 1886-1920, 1921-1949, 1965-1973
Don Valley 1918-1974 1918-1949, 1950-1974
Elland 1886-1948 1886-1920, 1921-1948
Elmet 1984-1985 1984-1985
Goole 1949-1983 1949-1974, 1975-1983
Halifax 1965-1985 1965-1985
Hallamshire 1886-1915 1886-1915
Harrogate 1949-1974 1949-1974
Hemsworth 1918-2003 1918-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-2003
Holmfirth 1886-1915 1886-1915
Huddersfield 1965-1985 (see Huddersfield East and West - below)
Huddersfield East 1969-1983 1965-1985
Huddersfield West 1969-1983 1965-1985
Keighley 1886-1985 1886-1920, 1921-1948, 1965-1985
Leeds 1965-1969 1965-1969
Leeds East 1970-1985 1970-1983, 1984-1985
Leeds North-East 1970-1985 1970-1983, 1984-1985
Leeds North-West 1970-1985 1970-1983, 1984-1985
Leeds South 1970-1983 1970-1983
Leeds South-East 1970-1983 1970-1983
Leeds West 1970-1985 1970-1983, 1984-1985
Leeds Central 1984-1985 1984-1985
Morley 1886-1915 1886-1915
Morley & Leeds South 1984-1985 1984-1985
Normanton 1886-2003 1886-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-1985, 1987-2003
Osgoldcross 1886-1915 1886-1915
Otley 1886-1915 1886-1915
Penistone 1918-1974 1918-1949, 1950-1974
Pontefract 1918-1970 1918-1938, 1939-1949, 1965-1970
Pontefract & Castleford 1971-2003 1971-1973, 1974-1978, 1979-1981, 1982-2003
Pudsey 1886-1985 1886-1915, 1965-1985
Pudsey & Otley 1918-1948 1918-1948
Ripon 1886-1983 1886-1920, 1921-1948, 1949-1974, 1975-1983
Rotherham 1886-1973 1886-1915, 1965-1973
Rother Valley 1918-1974 1918-1949, 1950-1974
Rothwell 1918-1948 1918-1948
Sheffield 1965-1970 Division 1 1965, 1967-1970; Division 2 1965, 1967-1970
Sheffield Attercliffe 1971-1973 1971-1973
Sheffield Brightside 1971-1973 1971-1973
Sheffield Hallam 1971-1973 1971-1973
Sheffield Heeley 1971-1973 1971-1973
Sheffield Hillsborough 1971-1973 1971-1973
Sheffield Park 1971-1973 1971-1973
Shipley 1886-1985 1886-1920, 1921-1974, 1975-1985
Skipton 1886-1982 1886-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-1982
Sowerby 1886-1983 1886-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1974, 1975-1983
Spen Valley 1886-1948 1886-1920, 1921-1948
Wakefield 1965-to present 1965-1972, 1973-1982, 1983-2001, 2002-to present
Wentworth 1918-1948 1919-1948
West Riding 1840-1865 Includes all places in West Riding excluding boroughs
West Riding East 1869-1885 1868-1870,1871-1885
West Riding North 1862-1885 1868-1870, 1871-1885
West Riding South 1862-1885 1868-1870, 1871-1885