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The Mayor’s Chain

At the time of the Conquest the Sovereign appointed the chief magistrates of cities. That of London was called the Port Reeve, but King Henry ll changed the word to the Norman ‘Maire’ – our term Mayor. King John made the office annual and King Edward lll conferred the title The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London in 1354 a title, which is also held by the Lord Mayor of York. The correct title for the Mayor of Hereford is ‘The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford’. The title Right Worshipful has its origins in the quaint expression of a ‘worthy’ or person of local importance, and implying honour and dignity to the holder of the office. The title is quite rare and the ‘Right Worth-ship’ has evolved to Right Worshipful which is a great honour for the City. Most Mayors are only the ‘Worshipful the Mayor of ……’.

 

Letters Patent 15 November 1383

 

King Richard ll 1383    

Grant that the chief officer be styled Mayor.

The office of the Chief Bailiff of the city, who was elected annually by certain of the citizens his brethren according to well established and approved custom, differed in no particulars from that of mayor. Only the name is changed by this charter, probably to bring Hereford into line with towns of similar status whose chief officer was so styled. The title of Mayor of Hereford was indeed employed before this date in sundry royal instruments so this charter merely regularized the use of a title of status.

List of Mayors

15th Century

16th Century

17th Century

18th Century

19th Century

20th Century

21st Century

 

Name

No.

Year

Name

No.

Year

               

FOURTEENTH CENTURY MAYORS

King Richard ll 

Thomas Whitfield

1

1382

John Prophete

10

1391

Henry Catchpoole

2

1383

Thomas Whitfield

11

1392

Henry Catchpoole

3

1384

Thomas Whitfield

12

1393

Richard Scudamore

4

1385

Richard Scudamore

13

1394

Richard Scudamore

5

1386

John Trovie

14

1395

Richard Scudamore

6

1387

John Trovie

15

1396

Richard Faulke

7

1388

Thomas Chippenham

16

1397

Richard Scudamore

8

1389

Thomas Chippenham

17

1398

Thomas Chippenham

9

1390

 

King Henry lV

Thomas Chippenham

18

1399

John Falke

19

1400

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 FIFTEENTH CENTURY MAYORS

King Henry lV

John Falke 

20

1401

John Mey

26

1407

John Falke

21

1402

John Mey

27

1408

John Falke

22

1403

John Mey

28

1409

John Falke

23

1404

John Mey

29

1410

John Mey

24

1405

John Mey

30

1411

John Mey

25

1406

John Falke

31

1412

           

King Henry V

John Mey

32

1413

John Mey

37

1418

John Mey

33

1414

Walter Mibb

38

1419

John Mey

34

1415

Thomas Chippenham

39

1420

John Mey

35

1416

John Falke

40

1421

John Mey

36

1417

 

 King Henry Vl

John Falke

41

1422

William Berrington

61

1442

John Mey

42

1423

Henry Chippenham

62

1443

John Mey

43

1424

Nicholas Falke

63

1444

John Mey

44

1425

Nicholas Falke

64

1445

John Mey

45

1426

John Fuyster

65

1446

John Mey

46

1427

Richard Green

66

1447

John Mey

47

1428

Maurice Newton 

67

1448

John Mey

48

1429

John Wellford

68

1449

George Braynton

49

1430

John Fuyster

69

1450

George Braynton

50

1431

John Chippenham

70

1451

George Braynton

51

1432

John Chippenham

71

1452

George Braynton

52

1433

John Fuyster

72

1453

John Fuyster

53

1434

Maurice Newton

73

1454

John Falke

54

1435

Richard Green

74

1455

Henry Chippenham

55

1436

John Chippenham

75

1456

John Woodward

56

1437

John Chippenham

76

1457

John Woodward

57

1438

John Chippenham

77

1458

John Fuyster

58

1439

John Chippenham

78

1459

John Falke

59

1440

Maurice Newton

79

1460

John Mey

60

1441

 

 

King Edward lV

John Vintnor

80

1461

George Welford

91

1472

Thomas Berington

81

1462

John Parsons

92

1473

James Mey

82

1463

Thomas Brinles

93

1474

John Nash

83

1464

Thomas Mey

94

1475

Thomas Berington

84

1465

John Trylow

95

1476

John Barton

85

1466

Thomas Bromwich

96

1477

Oliver Cromwel

86

1467

George Monington

97

1478

John Fowler

87

1468

John Barton

98

1479

George Monington

88

1469

Thomas Mey

99

1480

Thomas Berington

89

1470

John Parsons

100

1481

George Monington

90

1471

Philip Scudamore

101

1482

 

King Edward V

King Richard lll

John Stokton   

102

1483

John Barton

103

1484

John Chippenham

102

1483

 

King Henry Vll         

Thomas Mey

104

1485

John Wall

112

1493

John Chippenham

105

1486

Roger Gibbs

113

1494

Philip Glover

106

1487

Thomas Draper

114

1495

Robert Berrington

107

1488

John Trylow

115

1496

Thomas Mey

108

1489

Roger Gibbs

116

1497

John Chippenham

109

1490

Roger Gibbs

117

1498

Thomas Draper

110

1491

Richard Scudamore

118

1499

John Trylow

111

1492

James Mey

119

1500

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SIXTEENTH CENTURY MAYORS

King Henry Vll

Henry Chippenham

120

1501

Henry Chippenham

124

1505

Richard Browne

121

1502

Roger Beal

125

1506

William Wall

122

1503

Robert Gibbs

126

1507

John Bruggs

123

1504

William Baynham

127

1508

 

King Henry Vlll

Richard Phillips

128

1509

Thomas Howard

147

1528

Richard Bromwich

129

1510

John Cantercelly

148

1529

John Wall

130

1511

Thomas Gibbs

149

1530

Thomas Gibbons

131

1512

Hugh Walsh

150

1531

George Bonner

132

1513

Richard Phillips

151

1532

Thomas Gibbons

133

1514

Thomas Gibbons

152

1533

Thomas Gibbons

134

1515

John Meredith

153

1534

Richard Phillips

135

1516

Thomas Gibbons

154

1535

Robert Gibbs

136

1517

Thomas Grainger

155

1536

Richard Phillips

137

1518

Hugh Walsh

156

1537

Rog.Boake & Rich.Brown

138

1519

Thomas Gibbons

157

1538

RichardcPhillips

139

1520

Thomas Havard

158

1539

Robert Gibbs

140

1521

Richard Warnecombe

159

1540

William Synough

141

1522

Hugh Meredith

160

1541

Thomas Gibbons

142

1523

Thomas Gibbs

161

1542

Richard Phillips

143

1524

William Berkeley

162

1543

Richard Warnecombe

144

1525

Hugh Walsh

163

1544

Thomas Gibbs

145

1526

Lewis ap Rice

164

1545

John Herbert

146

1527

Thomas Bromwich

165

1546

 

King Edward Vl

Rowland Meece

166

1547

Hugh Meredith

169

1550

John Warnecombe

167

1548

Williams Rawlings

170

1551

John Phillips

168

1549

Thomas Havard

171

1552

 

Queen Mary l

William Smooth

172

1553

 

King Philip & Queen Mary

Hugh Walsh

173

1554

Walter Cawardine

176

1557

John Kerry

174

1555

Richard Partridge

177

1558

John Havard

175

1556

 

Queen Elizabeth l

Thomas Gibbs

178

1559

Walter Hurdman

199

1580

John Maylord

179

1560

John Barcley

200

1581

John Gibbs

180

1561

Thomas Davies

201

1582

Henry Dutson

181

1562

James Boyle

202

1583

Thomas Church.

182

1563

George Hurdman

203

1584

John Maylord

183

1564

William Maylord

204

1585

William Rawlings

184

1565

Thomas Church

205

1586

John Barclay

185

1566

Paul Philpotts

206

1587

John Maylord

186

1567

William Garnons

207

1588

Bevis Cartwright

187

1568

Richard Perrott

208

1589

Matthews Jeffries

188

1569

Edward Watford

209

1590

William Bennett

189

1570

Thomas Maylord

210

1591

James Warnecombe

190

1571

William Webb

211

1592

James Boyle

191

1572

Bartholomew Edwards

212

1593

Gregory Price

192

1573

William Boyle

213

1594

John Maylord

193

1574

Bryan Newton

214

1595

Richard Warnecombe

194

1575

John Carwardine

215

1596

Gregory Price

195

1576

Gregory Price

216

1597

Richard Bromwich

196

1577

Edward Rawlins

217

1598

James Warnecombe

197

1578

Richard Ravenhill

218

1599

James Boyle

198

1579

James Smith

219

1600

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SEVENTEENTH CENTURY MAYORS

Queen Elizabeth l

Thomas Clark

220

1601

Walter Hurdman

221

1602

 

King James l

John Midson

222

1603

Roger Philpotts

233

1614

John Warden

223

1604

James Smith

234

1615

James Russel

224

1605

James Rod

235

1616

William Whitlash

225

1606

Philip Symonds

236

1617

William Carwardine

226

1607

John Clark

237

1618

Thomas Stephens

227

1608

Jonah Wellington

238

1619

John Syrrel

228

1609

John Thyme

239

1620

Thomas Crump

229

1610

James Lane

240

1621

George Smith

230

1611

Philip Treherne

241

1622

Thomas Williams

231

1612

William Cooper

242

1623

Walter Morris

232

1613

Thomas Aldern

243

1624

 

King Charles l

Richard Vaynoll

244

1625

Thomas Symonds

256

1637

James Lawrence

245

1626

Lowry Melling

257

1638

Richard Weaver

246

1627

James Barrell

258

1639

James Cawardine

247

1628

Edmund Aston

259

1640

Richard Evans

248

1629

David Bowen

260

1641

Jonas Meredith

249

1630

William Price

261

1642

Richard Edwins

250

1631

Thos.Rogers & Phil.Trahern

262

1643

Thomas Curtos

251

1632

John Cowper

263

1644

Anthony Pembridge

252

1633

William Cutter

264

1645

Walter Hall

253

1634

William Philips

265

1646

Richard Philpotts

254

1635

Richard Philpotts

266

1647

Thomas Church

255

1636

Edw.King & Thos.Seabourne

267

1648

 

King Charles ll

Thomas Seabourne

268

1649

John Smyth

286

1667

John Powell

269

1650

James Wellington

287

1668

John Lewis

270

1651

John Rawlings

288

1669

Thomas Bond

271

1652

Richard Wadeley

289

1670

Jerome Addis

272

1653

Thomas Clark

290

1671

Richard Lyde

273

1654

John Williams

291

1672

Roger Meredith

274

1655

J W Philpotts & Hugh Rodd

292

1673

James Smith

275

1656

Thomas Symonds

293

1674

Thomas Paymard

276

1657

Lowry Caldicott

294

1675

William Lane

277

1658

Abraham Seward

295

1676

John Hill

278

1659

Thomas Matthews

296

1677

Thomas Davies

279

1660

Richard Williams

297

1678

James Lawrence

280

1661

James Price

298

1679

Thomas Holmes

281

1662

John Cook

299

1680

William Edwins

282

1663

Richard Gower

300

1681

Robert Symonds

283

1664

Thomas Clark

301

1682

James Ely

284

1665

Herbert Westfaling

302

1683

Hugh Rodd

285

1666

Symon Traunton

303

1684

 

King James ll

Griffith Reynolds

304

1685

John Williams

306

1687

Thomas Smith

305

1686

Thomas Holmes & Thomas Clark

307

1688

 

King William lll & Queen Mary ll

|Thos.Clark & Lowry Smith

308

1689

Thomas Church

311

1692

Gabriel Bleake

309

1690

John Abraham

312

1693

Richard Pool

310

1691

John Morse

313

1694

 

King William lll

Jonah Taylor

314

1695

Richard Baynham

317

1698

Thomas Aldern

315

1696

James Lane

318

1699

Bridstock Harford

316

1697

George Green

319

1700

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EIGHTEENTH CENTURY MAYORS

King William lll

Adam Wiggins

320

1701

 

Queen Ann

Charles Cawardine

321

1702

Philip Scandret

327

1708

Richard Hankins

322

1703

William Maddox

328

1709

Cane Woodhouse

323

1704

Thomas Bayley

329

1710

William Wadeley

324

1705

Thomas Barrow

330

1711

William Symonds

325

1706

Philip Symonds

331

1712

Robert Clayton

326

1707

Benjamin Philips

332

1713

 

King George l

Thomas Witherstone

333

1714

Richard Pool

340

1721

Thomas Raynard

334

1715

John Baynham

341

1722

Thomas Symonds

335

1716

Wm.Jones & Wm Maddox

342

1723

Thomas Traunter

336

1717

John Hunt

343

1724

Thomas Russel

337

1718

Thomas Williams

344

1725

Thomas Church

338

1719

James Hunt

345

1726

Thomas Smith

339

1720

 

King George ll

Philip Symonds

346

1727

Thomas Seaborne

363

1744

Thomas Ford

347

1728

John Cam

364

1745

Theophilus Lane

348

1729

George Hipkis

365

1746

Charles Mayo

349

1730

William Ravenhill

366

1747

Thomas Sandford

350

1731

Robert Symonds

367

1748

Thomas Williams

351

1732

Robt.Scandrett & James Symonds

368

1749

Robert Ravenhill

352

1733

William Chinn

369

1750

William Holmes

353

1734

James Terry

370

1751

James Symonds

354

1735

Chas.Bisse & Edmund Thomas

371

1752

Joseph Trumper

355

1736

Thomas Gomond

372

1753

William.Rowley 

356

1737

William Holmes

373

1754

Edmund Thomas

357

1738

Cane Woodhouse

374

1755

Thomas Croft

358

1739

Jo.Cooke & Ja.Brotherton

& Wm.Maddox

375

1756

James Brotherton

359

1740

Josias Clerk

376

1757

James Lord

360

1741

John Medley

377

1758

William Stephens

361

1742

Price Clutton

378

1759

William Maddox

362

1743

 

King George lll

Richard Moore

379

1760

Joseph Perrin

400

1781

John Wood

380

1761

William Ravenhill

401

1782

Thomas Church

381

1762

James Holland

402

1783

Francis Campbell

382

1763

William Holmes

403

1784

Arnold Barroll

383

1764

John Whitmore

404

1785

William Chinn

384

1765

William Taylor

405

1786

John Gwillim

385

1766

Eichard Hardwick

406

1787

Thomas Mayo

386

1767

John Palmer

407

1788

Edward Cox

387

1768

Robert Hathaway

408

1789

Stephen Sandford

388

1769

Benjamin Maddy

409

1790

William Barrow

389

1770

Peter Dickens

410

1791

George Terry

390

1771

Francis Havard

411

1792

Isaac Skyrme

391

1772

John Matthews

412

1793

William Bird

392

1773

James Hereford

413

1794

John Cam

393

1774

John Ireland

414

1795

George Hayward

394

1775

Robert Phillipps

415

1796

Laton Lambe

395

1776

Fra.Bal.Thomas

416

1797

Thomas Gomond

396

1777

William Symonds

417

1798

John Bowles

397

1778

William Bennett

418

1799

John Seabourne

398

1779

James Wainwright

419

1800

Charles Cooke

399

1780

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NINETEENTH CENTURY MAYORS

William Bowles

420

1801

John Green

430

1811

John Griffiths

421

1802

Samuel Hughes

431

1812

John Sherbourne

422

1803

John Aston

432

1813

Thomas Bird

423

1804

William Ravenhill

433

1814

John Jones

424

1805

James Jones

434

1815

Thomas Knill

425

1806

William Johnson

435

1816

Thomas Webb

426

1807

William Wilton

436

1817

Thomas Russell

427

1808

John G S Pateshall

437

1818

John Perry

428

1809

Benjamin Wainwright

438

1819

Francis Ravenhill

429

1810

 

King George lV

William Pateshall

439

1820

John Griffiths

444

1825

Charles Honiatt

440

1821

William Pulling

445

1826

Edward Bullmer

441

1822

John Garrett

446

1827

John Gwillim

442

1823

Jonathan Elliott Gough

447

1828

John Bleech Lye

443

1824

James Eyre

448

1829

 

King William lV

John Farmer

449

1830

George Bonnor

454

1834

William Bennett

450

1831

George Bonnor

455

1835

Edward Poole

451

1832

John Griffiths & Jn.Elliott Gough

456

1836

Richard Bulmer &

 John Aston

452

453

1833

n.b. Mayors 452/453 should have been under one Mayoralty/Rotation number – this is an error within the records.

Queen Victoria

Jonathan Elliott Gough

457

1837

Charles Anthony

489

1869

John Benbow

458

1838

Thomas Llanwarne

490

1870

Nicholas L.Pateshall

459

1839

Edwin Edward Bosley

491

1871

Francis L. Bodenham

460

1840

Edwin Edward Bosley

492

1872

Thomas Bennett, R.N

461

1841

Edwin Edward Bosley

493

1873

John Rogers

462

1842

Orlando Shellard

494

1874

William Webb

463

1843

Orlando Shellard

495

1875

William Webb

464

1844

Phillip Ralph

496

1876

William James

465

1845

William Stallard

497

1877

Robert Archibald

466

1846

James Henry Knight

498

1878

James Jay

467

1847

James Thomas Owen Fowler

499

1879

Robert Archibald

468

1848

Thomas Maund

500

1880

Benjamin Lloyd

469

1849

Thomas Llanwarne

501

1881

Thomas Evans

470

1850

Mackay John Graham Scobie

502

1882

Edward Wenyss

471

1851

Henry Rogers

503

1883

Charles Anthony

472

1852

John Howell Morley

504

1884

Charles Anthony

473

1853

John Howell Morley

505

1885

Charles Anthony

474

1854

J Gwynne James

506

1886

Charles Anthony

475

1855

Orlando Shellard

507

1887

William George

476

1856

Henry Child Beddoe

508

1888

Francis Lewis Bodenham

477

1857

Alfred Gurney

509

1889

Edward Abley 

478

1858

William Boycott

510

1890

Benjamin Lloyd

479

1859

William F Chave

511

1891

Thomas Cam   

480

1860

John Reginald Symonds

512

1892

Joseph Carless

481

1861

Edwin Edward Bosley

513

1893

James Jay

482

1862

William John Humfrys

514

1894

Evan Pateshall

483

1863

Alfred Gurney

515

1895

Thomas Cam

484

1864

Thomas Llanwarne

516

1896

John Boseley

485

1865

Henry Child Beddoe

517

1897

J Frederick Symonds

486

1866

Francis Reginald James

518

1898

J Gwynne James

487

1867

William John Humfrys

519

1899

Charles Anthony

488

1868

Edwin Edward Bosley

520

1900

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TWENTIETH CENTURY MAYORS

King Edward Vll

Edwin Edward Bosley

521

1901

Edwyn Charles Gurney

525

1905

John Reginald Symonds

521

1901

George Jackson Caldwell

526

1906

John Reginald Symonds

522

1902

James Mitchell

527

1907

Henry Child Beddoe

523

1903

Edward Frederick Bulmer

528

1908

Charles Witts

524

1904

Walter Pilley

529

1909

 

King George V

Walter Pilley

530

1910

Alfred Kear

543

1923

Edmund Lamb Wallis

531

1911

Wm.George Child Britten

544

1924

Henry Walker

532

1912

Edward Frederick Bulmer

545

1925

George Bance Greenland

533

1913

R H Symonds-Tayler

546

1926

George Bance Greenland

534

1914

E W Langford

547

1927

George Bance Greenland

535

1915

Thomas W Goodwin

548

1928

Edward Robert Dymond

536

1916

Louise Henrietta Luard

549

1929

Edmund Robert Dymond

537

1917

Frederick Lewis Smith

550

1930

Edmund Robert Dymond

538

1918

William Harry Wright

551

1931

Arthur Dyne Steel

539

1919

Bernard Powell

552

1932

Geoff.Arthur Carlisle Thynne

540

1920

E W Langford 

553

1933

Matthew Curnow Oatfield

541

1921

John Vincent Shaw

554

1934

James C M Vaughan

542

1922

Phillip Gwynne James

555

1935

 

King Edward Vlll     

Louise H Luard

556

1936

 

King George Vl

Frederick William Allcock

557

1937

T Powell

564

1944

Harry Percy Barnsley

558

1938

C G Marchant

565

1945

Harry Percy Barnsley

559

1939

T Lindsey Price

566

1946

Harry Percy Barnsley

560

1940

C Franklin

567

1947

Harry Percy Barnsley

561

1941

W Pigott

568

1949

R C Monkley

562

1942

I J B Snell

569

1950

R C Monkley

563

1943

G F C Higginbotham

570

1951

 

Queen Elizabeth  ll

A E Farr

571

1952

Walter Arthur Vowles

595

1976

A E Farr

572

1953

Mrs June Elizabeth Carter

596

1977

T W Grimmer

573

1954

David Cyril Short

597

1978

Janet Ainslie

574

1955

Derek Harold Edw. Peter Wheeler

598

1979

C J Gooding

575

1956

Mrs Evaline Mary Bew

599

1980

F R W Blackler

576

1957

William George Higgins

600

1981

D J Shaw

577

1958

James McMahon

601

1982

T R Stephens

578

1959

Michael John Proctor

602

1983

P G B Powell

579

1960

George Raymond Glyn Beynon

603

1984

W H Blundstone

580

1961

Stephen John Striuken

604

1985

E W G Ballinger

581

1962

Walter Little

605

1986

J Harding

582

1963

George Malcolm Bew

606

1987

G G Elcox

583

1964

Basil Cuthbert Baldwin

607

1988

S L Beaumont

584

1965

John Walter Newman

608

1989

E P Carter

585

1966

Mrs Josephine Elizabeth Kelly

609

1990

H J Evans

586

1967

Michael Turbutt

610

1991

I I Williams

587

1968

Charles Patrick Conroy Davies

611

1992

E E Hunt

588

1969

Robert Edward Geoffrey Alford

612

1993

W R B Griffiths

589

1970

Mrs Catherine Doris Lilian Gundy

613

1994

M H Thomas

590

1971

George Vincent Hyde

614

1995

Joan D Predergast

591

1972

Leslie Mervyn Henson Andrews

615

1996

F C Warr

592

1973

Clement Allan Tudge

616

1997

J W Baldwin

593

1974

David John Fleet

617

1998

Michael Kevin Prendergast

594

1975

Colin George Rumsey

618

1999

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TWENTY FIRST CENTURY MAYORS

Richard Thomas

619

2000

 

Kevin Wargen

627

2008

Mrs Susan Andrews

620

2001

 

Sylvia P Daniels

628

2009

Alan Williams

621

2002

 

Anna Toon

629

2010

Mrs Wynifred Ursula Attfield

622

2003

 

Julie Woodward

630

2011

Mrs Polly Andrews

623

2004

 

Denis Brian Wilcocks

631

2012

Mrs Marcelle Lloyd-Hayes

624

2005

 

Phillip Edwards

632

2013

Robert Preece

625

2006

 

Len Tawn

633

2014

Arthur Christopher Richard Chappell

626

2007

 

Charles Nicholls

634

2015

True record for year 2015/2016

Number of Mayoralty years:                                                                                               633

Number of persons who have held the title ‘Mayor of Hereford’ for a term of one year or less 

                                    647

 Please see year 1833 for explanation of ‘number’ difference

This anomaly was reported to Council on 11th March 2002; The Members ‘noted the report’ and

 resolved to ‘take no action’!   

In 2007 Hereford City Council elected its first Junior Mayor