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English Electoral Roll Question
« on: Saturday 14 April 18 05:25 BST (UK) »
Hi all

I have an electoral roll from 1914 and I'm trying to understand certain aspects of it.

The elctoral roll is seperated into 4 columns:
1. Name of Elector
2. Place of Abode
3. Nature of Qualification
4. Description of Qualifying Property

For the family member that I am looking at, this is what is written:
1. Gilbey, Charles Lemuel
2. 217 St John's Hill, SW
3. Freehold Houses
4. 1 and 3 St Ann's Road

My overall question is: what do columns 3 and 4 mean. I know Charles lived at 217 St John's Hill as its also on the 1911 census, but columns 3 and 4 have confused me.

Thanks for any help :)
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Re: English Electoral Roll Question
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 14 April 18 07:04 BST (UK) »
It means he was a man of property and the he owned two other houses apart from the one he lived in.
It is most likely he rented the other two houses out, have you checked those addresses on the electoral register as well?

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Re: English Electoral Roll Question
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 14 April 18 07:18 BST (UK) »
Thank you for that information. Charles lived at the St John's Hill address for most of his adult life but i had no idea what the last column meant. I will definitely look into those addresses as well. Thank you for the help :D
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Redhead - Australia, England
Banks - Australia, England
Offord - Australia, England
O'Dwyer - Ireland
Thompson - Australia
Mitchell - Australia, Ireland
Dinte - Australia, England, Poland

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Re: English Electoral Roll Question
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 14 April 18 09:18 BST (UK) »
This may prove of interest/help:-

http://www.electoralregisters.org.uk/codes.htm
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Re: English Electoral Roll Question
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 14 April 18 14:43 BST (UK) »
Thank you Macwil. I often wondered what the different codes meant. I only knew what J was for because it was mentioned on another message thread.
Fisher - Australia, England
Redhead - Australia, England
Banks - Australia, England
Offord - Australia, England
O'Dwyer - Ireland
Thompson - Australia
Mitchell - Australia, Ireland
Dinte - Australia, England, Poland

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Re: English Electoral Roll Question
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 14 April 18 16:15 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the link, macwil. My GF, although over 21 and newly married wasn't eligible to vote in 1914 because he was living in his father-in-law's house. GM, who was a few years younger, would have made it onto the electoral register in mid 1920s.
2 of my aunts were eligible for jury service earlier than most women because they were householders, having been widowed when their children were young.