South Durham (UK Parliament constituency)

"South Durham" redirects here. For the village in Quebec, see Durham-Sud, Quebec.
South Durham
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
County County Durham
Number of members Two
Replaced by Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Houghton-le-Spring, Jarrow, Mid Durham, North West Durham and South East Durham
Created from County Durham

South Durham, formally the Southern Division of Durham and often referred to as Durham Southern, was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) by the bloc vote system of election.


In 1832 the historic county of Durham, in north east England, was split for parliamentary purposes into two county divisions. These were the South division (with a place of election at Darlington) and North Durham (where voting took place at the city of Durham). Each division returned two members to Parliament.

There were no parliamentary boroughs enclaved in the area of the South division, between 1832 and 1885, so no non-resident 40 shilling freeholders voted in the county constituency. (Source: Stooks Smith).


In 1885 this division was abolished, when the North and South Durham county divisions were replaced by eight new single-member county constituencies. These were Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street, Houghton-le-Spring, Jarrow, Mid Durham, North West Durham and South East Durham. In addition there were seven County Durham borough constituencies.

Members of Parliament

ElectionFirst member First party Second member Second party
1832 Joseph Pease Liberal John Bowes Liberal
1841 Lord Harry Vane Liberal
1847 James Farrer Conservative
1857 Henry Pease Liberal
1859 James Farrer Conservative
1865 Joseph Whitwell Pease Liberal Charles Surtees Conservative
1868 Frederick Beaumont Liberal
1880 Hon. Frederick Lambton Liberal
1885 Redistribution of Seats Act: constituency abolished

See also

Election results

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