6 Polling Stations in Historic Places

  • 12 Dec 2019
  • Annual reports

Today people from all over the UK will be heading to the polls to decide who will form the next national government, in what's already talked about as the most significant election since the Second World War. People will be casting their vote in polling stations in some often rather unusual places, not least historic houses and gardens. Here we look at some of those places that will be playing their part in today's vote.

1. Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester, the home of the famous author, is acting as the polling station for the community of Ardwick. The house will be tweeting about the polling through the day. Follow their progress here.

2. Caerhays Castle, Cornwall

Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle

The area where Caerhays Castle now stands has been lived in by only two families since 1370. Today the castle will be inviting in families from the Goran, St Austell area of Cornwall to vote for the future national government. You can find out more about the history of the castle-turned-polling station here.

3. Minterne House, Dorset

Minterne Magna Gardens

Minterne Magna

Minterne House will be offering voters a chance to de-stree today, with their Himalayan Gardens and 27 acres of beautiful wild woodland a much more scenic place to mark the ballot paper than your local village hall. Find out more about Minterne's stunning grounds here.

4. Walworth Castle Hotel, Darlington

Dating back to 1150 and tracing its history back to the Hansard family, known as the 'Handsome Hansards', the Walworth Castle Estate in Darlington, County Durham, will be inviting voters through their doors today. The Hansards were famous for chronicling the debates of the Houses of Parliament, with some of the debates chronicled possible to see today in the Library Tower, making for a particularly relevant place to be defining the future chat in the House of Commons. Find out more about their history here.

5. Thelnetham Windmill, Suffolk

Standing on the edges of the Thelnetham Fen, this old windmill dates back to 1819 and is only one of four tower mills preserved in Suffolk. Today it will be potentially shaping the winds of (political) change as it acts as a polling station. Find out more about Thelnetham's new use as a polling station in May here.

6. Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

Built in 1880 (the first Anglican cathedral to be built on a new site since Salisbury Cathedral in 1220), Truro Cathedral, the triumph of Gothic Revival Architecture, will today be shaping the future of British politics by inviting voters through its doors to select their next MP. Find out more about the history of Truro Cathedral here.


If you are or know of an historic place playing their part as a polling station do let us know on Twitter by using @Historic_Houses and the hashtag #UnusualPollingStations or email us at info@historichouses.org.

And if you've had enough of the election, why not read about how you can visit hundreds of amazing historic places next year as a member and avoid the hefty entry fees here.



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