List of lord mayors of Leicester

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The position of Lord Mayor of Leicester is a mainly ceremonial post, being the title of the chairman of the Leicester City Council, elected annually by the members of the council.

The role of Lord Mayor is in many ways similar to that carried out by the Speaker in the House of Commons.

From the Middle Ages until 1928 the title was simply Mayor of Leicester. Until the 19th century, the mayors were usually elected annually by the Corporation of Leicester. Since the development of forms of local democracy, the mayors and Lord Mayors of the city have been elected indirectly from among elected councillors and aldermen, but since 1971 no unelected aldermen have been entitled to vote.

History[edit]

The first mayor of Leicester was the Norman knight "Peter fitz Roger" (Peter son of Roger) in 1251.[1][2] The title was elevated to "Lord Mayor" by letters patent dated 10 July 1928.[3] This was confirmed for the reorganised non-metropolitan district by letters patent dated 1 April 1974.[4]

The first Asian Lord Mayor of Leicester, Gordhan Parmar, was elected in 1987.[5] After institution of a directly elected mayor in 2011 the Lord Mayor of Leicester still exists as a ceremonial role under Leicester City Council.[6]

List of Mayors[edit]

Sources: Roll of Mayors; S. Stone (1871). A List of the Mayors, Magistrates, Aldermen, and Councillors, of the Borough of Leicester, since the passing of the Municipal Corporations Reform Act. Leicester.

Leicester county borough (created 1889)

20th century[edit]

  • 1900 Alderman Samuel Lennard
  • 1901 Thomas Windley
  • 1902 William Wilkins Vincent
  • 1903 Albert Edwin Sawday
  • 1904 Stephen Hilton
  • 1905 Henry Bailey Bruce
  • 1906 Edward Wood
  • 1907 Thomas Smith
  • 1908 Charles Lakin
  • 1909 George Chitham
  • 1910 William Wilkins Vincent
  • 1911 Arthur Tollington
  • 1912 James McCall
  • 1913 John Russell Frears
  • 1914–1917 Jonathan North
  • 1918 Walter John Lovell
  • 1919 Jabez Chaplin
  • 1920 George Edward Hilton
  • 1921 James Wedgwood Heath
  • 1922 Amos Sherriff
  • 1923 John Mantle Hubbard
  • 1924 Herbert Simpson
  • 1925 George Banton
  • 1926 Thomas Watson Walker

List of Lord Mayors[edit]

  • James Thomas (1927–1928)
  • Harry Hand (1928–1929)
  • William Hincks (1929–1930)
  • Harry Carver (1930–1931)
  • Walter Wilford (1931–1932)
  • Arthur Hawkes (1932–1933)
  • William Billings (1933–1934)
  • Ernest Grimsley (1934–1935)
  • Richard Hallam (1935–1936)
  • Arthur Swain (1936–1937)
  • Frank Acton (1937–1938)
  • Thomas Gooding (1938–1939)
  • George Parbury (1939–1940)
  • William Joseph Cort (1940–1941)
  • Elizabeth Rowley Frisby (1941–1942)
  • Sydney Taylor (1942–1943)
  • Charles Edward Gillot (1943–1944)
  • John Minto (1944–1945)
  • Charles Edward Worthington, C.B.E. (1945–1946)
  • William Henry Smith (1946–1947)
  • John Newton Frears (1947–1949)
  • John William Wale (1949–1950)
  • Alderman Frederick Ernest Oliver (1950–1951)
  • Aderman Thomas Rowland Hill (1951–1952)
  • Alderman Geoffrey Morris Barnett (1952–1953)
  • Alderman Charles Robert Keene (1953–1954)
  • Alderman Cecil Herbert Harris (1954–1955)
  • Alderman Samuel Cooper (1955–1956)
  • Alderman Alfred Harkyard (1956–1957)
  • Alderman Frederick John Jackson (1957–1958)
  • Alderman Sidney Brown (1958–1959)
  • Alderman Bertram Powell (1959–1960)
  • Alderman Dorothy Russell (1960–1961)
  • Alderman May Goodwin (1961–1962)
  • Alderman Harold Heard (1962–1963)
  • Alderman Constance Elizabeth Jackson (1963–1964)
  • Alderman Archibald Henry William Kimberlin (1964–1965)
  • Alderman Sidney William Bridges (1965–1966)
  • Alderman Mrs Monica Mary Trotter (1966–1967)
  • Alderman Sir Mark Henig (1967–1968)
  • Alderman Kenneth William Bowder (1968–1969)
  • Alderman Edward Marston (1969–1970)
  • Alderman George Baldwin (1970–1971)
  • Alderman Percy Watts (1971–1972)
  • Alderman Herbert Stanley Tomlinson (1972–1973)
  • Councillor Clarence Arnold Wakefield (1973–1974)
Leicester non-metropolitan district
  • Councillor Mrs Anne Irene Pollard (1974–1975)
  • Councillor Mrs Lily Roma Marriott J,P. (1975–1976)
  • Councillor Bernard Toft (1976–1977)
  • Councillor Albert Turner Baker (1977–1978)
  • Councillor Albert Sylveter Watson (1978–1979)
  • Councillor William Henry Scotton (1979–1980)
  • Councillor Herbert Henry Sowden (1980–1981)
  • Councillor Archibald Berridge (1981–1982)
  • Councillor William Page (1982–1983)
  • Councillor George Billington (1983–1984)
  • Councillor Michael Cufflin (1984–1985)
  • Councillor Mrs Janet Setchfield (1985–1986)
  • Councillor Sydney St.John Phipps (1986–1987)
  • Councillor Gordhan Parmar (1987–1988)
  • Councillor Guy Collis (1988–1989)
  • Councillor David Anthony Taylor (1989–1990)
  • Councillor Peter Kimberlin (1990–1991)
  • Councillor Colin Grundy (1991–1992)
  • Councillor Robert Wigglesworth (1992–1993)
  • Councillor Henry Dunphy (1993–1994)
  • Councillor Margaret Bell (1994–1995)
  • Councillor Michael Johnson (1995–1996)
  • Councillor Culdipp Bhatti (1996–1997)
  • Councillor Raymond Flint (1997–1998)
  • Councillor John Mugglestone (1998–1999)
  • Councillor Phil Swift (1999–2000)
  • Councillor Mrs Barbara Chambers (2000–2001)
  • Councillor John Allen (2001–2002)
  • Councillor Maggie Bodell-Stagg (2002–2003)
  • Councillor Ramnik Kavia (2003–2004)
  • Councillor Piara Singh Clair (2004–2005)
  • Councillor Mary Draycott (2005–2006)
  • Councillor Paul Westley (2006–2007)
  • Councillor Gary G Hunt (2007–2008)
  • Councillor Manjula Sood (2008–2009)
  • Councillor Roger Blackmore (2009–2010)
  • Councillor Colin Hall (2010–2011)
  • Councillor Robert Wann (2011–2012)
  • Councillor Abdul Osman (2012–2013)
  • Councillor Mustafa Kamal (2013–2014)
  • Councillor John Thomas (2014–2015)
  • Councillor Ted Cassidy (2015–2016)
  • Councillor Stephen Corrall (2016–2017)
  • Councillor Rashmikant Joshi (2017–2018)
  • Councillor Ross Grant (2018–2019)[9]
  • Councillor Annette Byrne (2019-2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Agnes Johnson Glimpses of ancient Leicester – Page 60 1891 "The first Mayor of Leicester, A.D. 1251.
  2. ^ The history of the boroughs and municipal corporations of the ... – Page 229 Henry Alworth Merewether, Archibald John Stephens – 1835 "The mayor of Leicester and his brethren, having, with the consent of the commonalty, by the last ordinance, placed the town under the government of the aldermen, appear, in the 4th year of the reign of King Henry VII., to have adopted 1488. a ..."
  3. ^ "No. 33405". The London Gazette. 20 June 1928. p. 4898.
  4. ^ "No. 46255". The London Gazette. 4 April 1974. p. 4400.
  5. ^ What participation by foreign residents in public life at local ... – Page 91 Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe – 2000 "In 1981 serious riots broke out in the city that were dubbed "race riots" in Highfields and the City centre. ... In 1987 the first Asian Mayor of Leicester was elected, Councillor Gordhan Parmar and the first Asian Member of Parliament, Keith Vaz
  6. ^ BBC Leicester's elected mayor reports lord mayor over parking August 2011
  7. ^ http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/58341
  8. ^ https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/edward-shipley-ellis-chairman-midland-railway-1863-jp-and-mayor-of-leicester-9761
  9. ^ https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/about-us/the-lord-mayor/