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Electoral Registers
« on: Saturday 17 October 20 22:57 BST (UK) »
I'm researching my 5x GG Joseph Dashwood b1745 Topsham, Devon, d circa 1819 probably in westminster.

For many years he was a watchmaker very close to St. Martins in The Field just off The Strand and in 1788 he was on the jury of a coroners inquest into a suspicious death where he gave his address as being Church Yard, St Martins In The Field.

I've just found an electoral register for the same year where he gives his address as 24 Strutton Ground (roughly 1 mile away). What is interesting is that the next person listed on the register is "The right honourable Lord Sheffield" with the address being given as Downing Street.

I know it doesn't really mean anything but does anyone know how these registers are collated? They don't seem to organised by name or street. The record in question is UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893 on slide 346 available on Ancestry.
Johnson: London & Maidstone
Foster: Essex
Leach: London
Jennings, Camberwell, London
Gray: South London
Dashwood: London
Mason: Maidstone & London
Neville/Stiff: Hampshire & USA

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Re: Electoral Registers
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 18 October 20 02:11 BST (UK) »
Slide 317 would seem to suggest that it is not an electoral list, but a volume documenting how people have voted in the election, (either for Hood or Townshend).
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Re: Electoral Registers
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 18 October 20 13:15 BST (UK) »
does anyone know how these registers are collated? They don't seem to organised by name or street.

The ordering of electoral registers and poll books varies from place to place and from year to year, and it depends on whether the data is in manuscript or collated for publication.

As suggested above, this particular Westminster document is a poll book, not an electoral register. Some of the pages have references to dates and times of day (see, e.g., image 319). It appears that the names are recorded in the order in which people arrived to submit their votes.

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Re: Electoral Registers
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 18 October 20 21:55 BST (UK) »
Thanks all for the replies, that is all really helpful and interesting!
Johnson: London & Maidstone
Foster: Essex
Leach: London
Jennings, Camberwell, London
Gray: South London
Dashwood: London
Mason: Maidstone & London
Neville/Stiff: Hampshire & USA