Lord Mayor of Leeds

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Sir James Kitson, 1st Baron Airedale, First Lord Mayor of Leeds, Oil on canvas, 1905, by John Singer Sargent

The Lord Mayor of Leeds (until 1897 Mayor of Leeds) is a ceremonial post held by a member of Leeds City Council, elected annually by the council.

By charter from King Charles I in 1626, the leader of the governing body of the borough of Leeds was an alderman, the first holder being Sir John Savile.[1] A second charter, in 1661 from King Charles II, granted the title Mayor to Thomas Danby,[1] after whom Thomas Danby College was named. In 1893 the borough of Leeds became a city, and in 1897 Queen Victoria conferred the title of Lord Mayor on James Kitson.

The first woman to have the post was Jessie Beatrice Kitson in 1942: she was elected following the death of Arthur Clarke shortly after his election.[2][3]

Notable former Mayors include Benjamin Gott (1799), Sir George Goodman (1836), several of the Lupton family, Henry Rowland Marsden (1873) and Alf Cooke of the famous printworks (1890).

List of Lord Mayors[edit]

Source:[4]

  • 1893: Thomas Richmond Leuty
  • 1897: James Kitson, MP for Colne Valley, 1892
  • 1898: Thomas Walter Harding
  • 1899: John Gordon
  • 1900: Frederick W. Lawson
  • 1901: Ambrose Edmund Butler
  • 1902: John Ward
  • 1903: Arthur Currer Briggs
  • 1904: Robert Armitage, MP for Leeds Central, 1906
  • 1905: Edwin Woodhouse
  • 1906: Joseph Hepworth
  • 1907: Wilfred Lawrence Hepton
  • 1908: Frederick James Kitson
  • 1909: William Penrose Green
  • 1910: William Middlebrook, MP for Leeds South, 1908
  • 1911: William Nicholson
  • 1912: Albert Wellesley Bain
  • 1913: Edward Allen Brotherton
  • 1914: James Edward Bedford
  • 1915: Sir Charles Lupton
  • 1916: Edmund George Arnold
  • 1917: Frank Gott
  • 1918: Joseph Henry
  • 1919: Thomas Beveridge Duncan
  • 1920: Albert Braithwaite
  • 1921: Willie Hodgson
  • 1922: Frank Fountain
  • 1923: Sir Edwin Airey
  • 1924: Charles Granville Gibson
  • 1925: John Arnott
  • 1926: Hugh Lupton
  • 1927: George Ratcliffe
  • 1928: David Blythe Foster
  • 1929: Nathaniel George Morrison
  • 1930: Arthur Hawkyard
  • 1931: Fred Brown Simpson, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, 1935
  • 1932: Robert Holliday Blackburn
  • 1933: Albert Edward Wilkinson
  • 1934: William Hemingway
  • 1935: Percival Tookey Leigh
  • 1936: Tom Coombs
  • 1937: John Badlay
  • 1938: Rowland Winn
  • 1939: Charles Humphrey Boyle
  • 1940: Willie Withey
  • 1941: Hyman Morris
  • 1942: Arthur Clark, died 9 November and replaced by Miss Jessie Beatrice Kitson
  • 1943: Albert Hayes
  • 1944: Charles Vivian Walker
  • 1945: David Beevers
  • 1946: Sir George William Martin
  • 1947: George Brett
  • 1948: George Brett
  • 1949: Norman Douglas Vine
  • 1950: Francis Hugh O’Donnell
  • 1951: Francis Eric Tetley
  • 1952: Frank Barlow Burnley
  • 1953: Donald George Cowling
  • 1954: Henry Sidman Vick
  • 1955: Sir James Croysdale
  • 1956: Thomas Austin Jessop
  • 1957: Joseph Hiley
  • 1958: Mary Pearce
  • 1959: Gertrude Annie Stevenson
  • 1960: Lillian Hammond
  • 1961: Percival Arthur Woorward
  • 1962: Harold Watson
  • 1963: Edwin Wooler
  • 1964: Lizzie Naylor
  • 1965: William R Hargreave
  • 1966: Joshua Samuel Walsh
  • 1967: Lawrence Turnbull
  • 1968: John Rafferty
  • 1969: Allan Roberts Bretherick
  • 1970: Arthur Brown
  • 1971: John Trevor V Watson
  • 1972: Albert Smith
  • 1973: Kenneth Travis Davison
  • 1974: Joan de Carteret
  • 1975: Alan Pedley
  • 1976: Ernest Howard Morris
  • 1977: William Hudson
  • 1978: Harry Booth
  • 1979: Christine Mary Thomas
  • 1980: Eric Atkinson
  • 1981: Patrick Crotty
  • 1982: Doreen Jenner
  • 1983: Martin J Dodgson
  • 1984: Douglas Ernest Gabb
  • 1985: Sydney Symmonds
  • 1986: Rose Lund
  • 1987: Doreen Wood
  • 1988: Arthur Vollans
  • 1989: Les Carter
  • 1990: Bill Kilgallon
  • 1991: Ronnie Feldman
  • 1992: Denise Atkinson
  • 1993: Keith Loudon
  • 1994: Christiana Myers
  • 1995: Peggy White
  • 1996: Malcolm Bedford
  • 1997: Linda R Middleton
  • 1998: Graham Kirkland
  • 1999: Keith Parker
  • 2000: Bernard Atha
  • 2001: David Ellis Hudson
  • 2002: Bryan North
  • 2003: Neil Taggart
  • 2004: Christopher Townsley
  • 2005: William S Hyde
  • 2006: Mohammed Iqbal
  • 2007: Brian Cleasby
  • 2008: Frank Robinson
  • 2009: Judith Elliott
  • 2010: James McKenna
  • 2011: Alan Taylor
  • 2012: Ann Castle
  • 2013: Tom Murray
  • 2014: David Congreve
  • 2015: Judith Chapman
  • 2016: Gerry Harper
  • 2017: Jane Dowson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leeds Civic Trust Archived 2011-05-27 at the Wayback Machine. Leeds Coat of Arms
  2. ^ Leeds' first woman Lord Mayor
  3. ^ Margaret Drinkall (2013) The Leeds Book Of Days: November 17th, 1942 (The History Press) ISBN 0752479628
  4. ^ "Lord Mayors & Aldermen of Leeds since 1626" (PDF). Leeds City Council. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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