TIL that from 1259 to 1832, a hill in rural England had 2 people representing it, despite the fact that nobody lived there since 1322.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Sarum_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

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  1. I spent a silly amount of time on this

    In 1832 the mean population per member of parliament was 35,000

    So usually to have 2 MPs you’d expect more in the region of 70,000 people

  2. I learned the term rotten borough. It’s seems like the land was used to gain some power by having a representative in Parliament. The things people well do for power is strange.

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