Mayor of Monmouth

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Mayor of Monmouth
Incumbent
Cllr. Jane Gunter (2014)
Term length 1 year
Website Town Council
The two bailiffs or mace men were mentioned in 1447.
Councillor Ann Were in 2010 showing the Monmouth Mayor's chain of office
Borough of Monmouth, list of mayors, on display at the Shire Hall, Monmouth
Borough of Monmouth, list of mayors, on display at the Shire Hall, Monmouth

The Mayor of Monmouth is an elected position given to a town councillor in Monmouth in Wales. The position dates back about 750 years.

History[edit]

The position of Mayor in Monmouth was established in the thirteenth century by the people who were controlling the town's market. A seal was obtained from King Henry III confirming the rights and privileges of the position and the right to also establish bailiffs for the town. The position was confirmed in 1447 when Henry VI granted a charter to the town which permitted the town to raise taxes to pay for the town and also gave some freedom from the King's taxes. (Henry VI's father had been born in the town.) This charter confirmed the position of mayor as an annual elected position and agreed that two maces should be carried before the elected person. These maces survive and carry the arms of the Duchy of Lancaster.[1]

An elected mayor and bailiffs came to lead this body and by the middle of the thirteenth century a seal had been acquired from King Henry III with certain privileges. The office of mayor can be dated from this time.[1]

John Speed mentions the position again in 1611 when he itemises the authorities as a mayor, two bailiffs and fifteen councillors. This list is still true in 2012.[1]

In 1813 that was a court case concerning the over the influence of the Duke of Beaufort in the appointment of Mayors of Monmouth. The case was won by a team including local historian, Charles Heath but the Duke found other ways of gaming the system. Heath eventually became Mayor in 1819 and 1821.

In 1835 the Municipal Corporations Act adjusted the powers but identified 1666 as the defining date of Monmouth's last charter.

William Sambrook who was a local chemist and a keen supporter of Monmouth Baptist Church was elected Mayor of Monmouth nine times.[2]

List of Mayors (incomplete)[edit]

  • 1675 - Richard Ballard[3]
  • 1744 - William Williams
  • 1785 - William Cecel
  • 1786 - Luke Phillips
  • 1787 - Thomas Morrison?
  • 1806 - Thomas Prosser [4]
  • 1819 - Charles Heath[5]
  • 1820 - Rev. Thomas Prosser
  • 1821 - Charles Heath[5]
  • 1822 - Hezekiah Swift
  • 1836 - Thomas Watkins
  • 1837 - Thomas Watkins
  • 1838 - Thomas Prosser
  • 1839 - Thomas Prosser
  • 1839 - Thomas Dyke[6]
  • 1840 - John Leach Nicholas
  • 1841 - John Leach Nicholas
  • 1842 - George Willis
  • 1843 - George Willis
  • 1844 - James Pearce King
  • 1845 - James Pearce King
  • 1852 - John Mayou[6]
  • 1860 - John Leach Nicholas
  • 1861 - John Leach Nicholas
  • 1862 - George Willis M.D.
  • 1863 - George Willis M.D.
  • 1864 - James Pearce King
  • 1865 - James Pearce King [6]
  • 1870 - Alexander Rolls
  • 1871 - Alexander Rolls
  • 1872 - Alexander Rolls
  • 1873 - Alexander Rolls
  • 1874 - Thomas Jones Baker
  • 1875 - Thomas Richard Hyam
  • 1876 - Thomas Richard Hyam
  • 1877 - Joseph Coates
  • 1879 - Arthur Vizard[7]
  • 1880 - G.P. Tippins[6]
  • 1883 - Champney Powell[6]
  • 1884 - Champney Powell[6]
  • 1885 - Champney Powell[6]
  • 1889 - William Hall[8]
  • 1891 - William Honeyfield, 1891–95
  • 1896 - John Rolls, 1st Baron Llangattock
  • 1896 - Col J.H. Walwyn [6]
  • 1898 - Col J.H. Walwyn[9]
  • 1899 - Col J.H.Walwyn[10]
  • 1900 - James Howse[11]
  • 1900 - Hamilton Traherne Baillie[12]
  • 1903 - Hamilton Traherne Baillie [13]
  • 1906 - Major John Rolls, 2nd Baron Llangattock
  • 1907 - Major John Rolls, 2nd Baron Llangattock
  • 1908 - W Sambrook [6]
  • 1909 - W Sambrook [6]
  • 1910 - W Sambrook [6]
  • 1921 - A.T. Blake [14]
  • 1934 - Charles James Jones
  • 1950 - Bernard Partridge
  • 1951 - Bernard Partridge
  • 1952 - Bernard Partridge
  • 1953 - Bernard Partridge
  • 1954 - Stanley Howard Bowen
  • 1955 - Stanley Howard Bowen
  • 1956 - James Benjamin Breakwell
  • 1957 - James Benjamin Breakwell
  • 1958 - Richard Pryce Burnet Thomas
  • 1959 - Richard Pryce Burnet Thomas
  • 2009 - Terry Christopher[15]
  • 2010 - Ann Were[16]
  • 2011 - Jeana Hall[17]
  • 2012 - Gerry Bright[17]
  • 2013 - Jeana Hall [18]
  • 2014 - Jane Gunter [18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Monmouth Town Council". Monmouth Town Council. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Justice of the peace and local government review: Volume 92 p.52. 1928. 
  3. ^ Kissack K., (2003) Monmouth and its Buildings. ISBN 1-904396-01-1 Logaston Press
  4. ^ Keith Kissack, Monmouth School and Monmouth 1614-1995, Lapridge Publications, 1995, ISBN 0-9518589-8-X, p.41
  5. ^ a b Charles Heath, Dictionary of Welsh Biography, accessed January 2012
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Keith Kissack, Victorian Monmouth, The Monmouth Historical and Educational trust, ISBN 0-9503386-2-1, page 196
  7. ^ "New Mayors", Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), 8 February 1879: Page 6 
  8. ^ "The New Mayors", Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), 11 November 1989: Page 8 
  9. ^ Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), 24 November 1898 
  10. ^ Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), 24 January 1899 
  11. ^ "Royal Visit", Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), 30 October 1900: Page 6 
  12. ^ Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire, 1901
  13. ^ Alan Sutton Publishing, Monmouth and the River Wye in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1989, ISBN 0-86299-481-0, page 16
  14. ^ Alan Sutton Publishing, Monmouth and the River Wye in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1989, ISBN 0-86299-481-0, page 35
  15. ^ 10m Gibraltar Care Home ...
  16. ^ "Wales’ first Green Party Mayor commits to 10:10 with call for others to sign up at Green Party Conference.". Wales Green Party. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "New mayor for Monmouth". Monmouthshire Beacon. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "New mayor for Monmouth". Monmouthshire Beacon. Retrieved 6 August 2014.