Medway Elects

Rochester By-election
8 February 1856

A by-election was held in Rochester on 8 February 1856 to elect a member of parliament for the constituency following the resignation of Conservative MP Francis Child Villiers.

Prior to this election, the Conservatives held the seat. At this election, the Radicals gained the seat from the Conservatives with a majority of 61.

Philip Wykeham-Martin was elected as the member of parliament for Rochester.


The following result was declared by the returning officer:

Candidate Votes %
  Majority 61 5.8
  Turnout 1,059 90.5
  Radical gain from Conservative

To order the candidates by name or number of votes received, click on the appropriate column heading.

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