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Former Mayors of the City of Lancaster

There have been approximately 600 Mayors in Lancaster since the first Mayor, Robert de Bolron in 1338. Lancaster elected its first 'Lady' Mayor, Annie Elizabeth Helme, in 1932 and it is traditional for a 'Lady' Mayor to be addressed as 'Mr. Mayor'.

Listed on the oak panels of the Council Chamber, at Lancaster Town Hall, are the Mayors from 1835 onwards - this is when local government was reformed and became more democratic.
 

1338 Robert de Bolron

1692 Joshua Partington

1815 Thomas Burrow

1341 John le Keu

1693 John Hodgson

1816 John Wilson

1342 Robert de Bolron

1694 William Penny

1817 Samuel Gregson

1345 Robert de Bolron

1695 Thomas Medcalfe

1818 Thomas Salisbury

1346 Robert de Bolron

1696 Goerge Foxcroft

1819 John Bond

1347 Robert de Bolron

1697 Thomas Waller

1820  James Atkinson

1349 Robert de Bolron

1698 Robert Parkinson

1821 Thomas Bowes

1350 John de Catheron

1699 Robert Carter

1822 James Nottage

1362/3 John de Skerton

1700 Thomas Sherson

1823 Thomas Giles

1371 John de Skerton

1701 John Hodgson

1824 Leonard Redmayne

1372 John de Skerton

1702 William Penny

1825 Samuel Gregson

1373 John de Catherton

1703 Thomas Simpson

1826 John Wilson

1381 John de Catherton

1704 Thomas Medcalf

1827 Thomas Salisbury

1382 Edmund Frere

1705 Thomas Waller

1828 George Burrow

1386 John de Elslak

1706 Robert Parkinson

1829 John Bond

1391 John de Elslak

1707 Robert Carter

1830 James Atkinson

1403 John Stanlow

1708 Thomas Westmore

1831 Thomas Giles

1407 Richard Elslak

1709 Thomas Sherson

1832 Christopher Johnson

1416 Richard Elslak

1710 Thomas Gardner

1833 George Burrow

1425 Edmund Frere

1711 William Penny

1834 John Brockbank

1440 Edmund Hornby

1712 Richard Simpson

1835/36 George Burrow

1442 John Stodagh

1713 John Bryer

1836/37 Thomas Higgin

1446 Edmund Hornby

1714 Thomas Waller

1837/38 John Greg

1452 Thomas Curwen

1715 Robert Parkinson

1838/39 John Armstrong

1459 Robert Lawrence

1716 Edmund Cole

1839/40 Joseph Dockray

1463 Robert Ramso

1717 Robert Carter

1840/41 William Robinson

1465 William Skillicorne

1718 Thomas Westmore

1841/42 Johnathan Dunn

1467 John Gardyner

1719 Richard Simpson

1842/43 Johnathan Dunn

1472 Robert Lee

1720 John Bryer

1843/44 Edward de Vitre

1474/5 John Curwen

1721 Thomas Waller

1844/45 Edward Salisbury

1478 Simon Tomlinson

1722 Christopher Butterfield

1845/46 James Giles

1483  John Hobersty

1723 Thomas Croft

1846/47 John Sharp

1488 John Walton

1725 Edmund Cole

1847/48 Thomas Howitt

1488 Richard Gardener

1726 Robert Winder

1848/49 Edmund Sharpe

1488 Christopher Leming

1727 Thomas Westmore

1849/50 Joseph Dockray

1489 Christopher Leming

1728 John Coward

1850/51 Henry Gregson

1495 Lawrence Starkie

1729 Thomas Postlethwaite

1851/52 JohnSherson


1498 Richard Gardyner

1730 John Casson

1852/53 John Hall

1500 Thomas Edmondson 

1731 Christopher Butterfield

1853/54 John Burrell

1500/1 Richard Nelson

1732 James Smethurst

1854/55 John Brocklebank

1504 Robert Hirdeman

1733 James Tomlinson 

1855/56 Edward de Vitre

1508 Gilbert White

1734 John Bowes

1856/57     Richard Hinde

1512 Richard Nelson

1735 William Bryer

1857/58     Christopher Johnson

1524 William Sclaiter

1736 Edmund Cole

1858/59     William Jackson

1527 John Standish

1737 Robert Winder

1859/60     William Whelan

1542 John Standish

1738 Thomas Postlethwaite

1860/61     John Greg

1543 John Standish

1739 Thomas Smoult

1861/62     Henry Gregson

1552 Richard Gardyner

1740 John Gunson

1862/63     John Greg

1553 William Colteman

1741 John Casson

1863/64     George Jackson

1560/1 John Huetson

1742 John Bowes

1864/65     James Williamson Snr

1562 William Coltman

1743 William Bryer

1865/66     Richard Fawcett

1563 Ranulf Gilpin

1744 Robert Winder

1866/67     William Wane

1564 William Bateson

1745 Thomas Gibson

1867/68     Thomas Storey

1565 William Coltman

1746 James Holmes

1868/69     Richard Coupland

1565 Nicholas Oliver

1747 Henry Bracken   

1869/70     William Roper

1566 Nicholas Oliver

1748 James Rigmaiden

1870/71     William Bradshaw

1569 John Huetson

1749 Miles Barber

1871/72     Charles Blades

1569 Nicholas Olivers

1750 Thomas Postlethwaite

1872/73     William Storey

1570 Nicholas Olivers

1751 John Gunson

1873/74     Thomas Storey

1572 Nicholas Olivers

1752 Joshua Bryer

1874/75     Thomas Storey

1573 Robert Dalton

1753 Gwalter Borranskill

1875/76     Thomas Preston

1574 John Hewetson

1754 Robert Winder

1876/77     Henry Welch

1575 Nicholas Olivers

1755 John McMillan

1877/78     Abram Welch

1577 James Brown

1756 William Butterfield

1878/79     William Hall

1578/9 Richard Gilpin

1757 Henry Bracken

1879/80     George Cleminson

1580 Gawin Braitwat

1758 Miles Barber

1880/81     Edward Clark

1581 James Brown

1759 Joshua Bryer

1881/82     Samuel Harris

1582 Gawin Braythwayte

1760 Robert Foxcroft

1882/83     Joseph Fenton

1595 Thomas Southworthe

1761 Gwalter Boranskill

1883/84     Samuel Harris

1598 James Browne

1762 Robert Winder

1884/85     Edward Clark

1600 Nicholas Eccleston

1763 John Stout

1885/86     James Hatch

1601 James Browne

1764 Robert Walshman

1886/87     Thomas Storey


1602 Nicholas Eccleston

1765 Edward Suart

1887/88 Charles Blades

1606 Thomas Covell

1766 James Hinde

1888/89     Charles Blades

1607 Nicholas Eccleston

1767 John Bowes

1889/90     Thomas Preston

1608 George Thompson

1768 James Barrow

1890/91     Charles Blades

1609 William Parkinson

1769 Thomas Hinde

1891/92     William Smith

1628 Thomas Covelle

1770 William Butterfield

1892/93     John Kitchen

1629     Galfridus Heysham

1771 Robert Foxcroft

1893/94     William Gilchrist

1630     George Toulnson

1772 John Stout

1894/95     Robert Preston

1631     Edmund Covelle

1773 Edward Suart

1895/96     William Huntington

1632     Richard Sands

1774 James Hinde

1896/97     Norval Helme

1633     William Shaw

1775 John Bowes

1897/98     William Huntington

1638     Richard Sands

1776 Henry Hargreaves

1898/99     William Bell

1639     William Shaw

1777 James Barrow

1899/00     Robert Preston

1645     William Shaw

1778 Thomas Hinde

1900/01     Robert Preston

1650     George Toulnson

1779 William Butterfield

1901/02     Richard Hall

1652     Major Riparn

1780 Robert Foxcroft

1902/03     George Jackson

1653     Thomas Riparn

1781 Edward Suart

1903/04     John Allen

1654     Thomas Riparn

1782 James Hinde

1904/05     James Heald

1655     John Bateman

1783 James Bowes 

1905/06     Alexander Satterthwaite

1661     Henry Porter

1784 Henry Hargreaves

1906/07     William Hamilton

1663     Thomas Soothworth

1785 Miles Mason

1907/08     Robert Wilson

1664     Thomas Johnes

1786 William Watson

1908/09     Robert Wilson

1664     William Waller

1787 John Housman

1909/10     Robert Wilson

1665     Sir Robert Bindloss Bart

1788 Samuel Simpson

1910/11     Robert Preston

1666     William Parkinson

1789 John Watson

1911/12     Edward Cardwell

1667     Francis Hunter

1790 Anthony Atkinson

1912/13     Charles Seward

1668     William West

1791 Edward Suart

1913/14     William Briggs

1669     Thomas Soothworth

1792 James Hinde

1914/15     William Briggs

1670     William Waller

1793 John Tallon

1915/16     William Briggs

1671     John Greenwood

1794 Robert Addison

1916/17     William Briggs

1672/3  Sir Robert Bindloss Bart  & William Parkinson 

1795 Richard Johnson

1917/18     William Briggs

1673     Edmund Newton

1796 David Campbell

1918/19     William Briggs

1674     Thomas Corless

1797 Thomas Harris

1919/20     George Wright

1675     Christopher Prockter

1798 James Moore

1920/21     Thomas Wilkinson

1676     William Toulson

1799 Richard Postelthwaite

1921/22     Thomas Nuttall

1677     William Waller

1800 Richard Atkinson

1922/23     James Oglethorpe

1678     John Greenwood

1801 James Parkinson

1923/24     George Jackson

1679     Francis Hunter

1802 Thomas Shepherd

1924/25     George Jackson

1680     Francis Medcalfe & Christopher Prockter

1803 Robert Addison

1925/26     Robert Roberts

1681     Henry Johnes

1804 Jackson Mason

1926/27     Isaac Curwen

1682     Joshua Partington

1805 Richard Johnson

1927/28     Edward Parr

1683     Randal Hunter

1806 Thomas Burrow

1928/29     Edward Smith

1684     John Hodgson

1807 John Taylor Wilson

1929/30     Thomas Till

1685     Robert Stirzaker

1808 James Moore & Thomas Moore

1930/31     James Hodkinson

1686     John Foster

1809 Richard Atkinson

1931/32     William Procter

1687/8 Thomas Sherson & John Greenwood

1810 Thomas Moore

1932/33     Annie E. Helme

1688/9  John Hodgson & John Greenwood

1811 John Baldwin

1933/34     Henry Warbrick

1689     John Foster

1812 Thomas Giles

1934/35     William Simpson

1690     Thomas Baynes

1813 Richard Johnson

1935/36     James Clark

1691     Henry Johnes

1814 John Park

1936/37     Robert Bamber

Lancaster became a City on the 12 th March 1937, which was during the Mayoral year of Robert Bamber.


King George VI granted Lancaster 'City' status on the 12th May 1937, as part of his Coronation celebrations, which was during the Mayoral year of Robert Bamber.
This entitles the Mayor to be addressed as 'The Right Worshipful the Mayor' of the City of Lancaster as opposed to 'The Worshipful the Mayor'.

The following section lists the names of the Mayors of the old City of Lancaster, from 1937 to 1974.

The Coat of Arms for the old City of Lancaster

1936/37     Robert Bamber

1949/50     George Chirnside

1962/63     Ernest Gardner

1937/38     Harry Dowthwaite

1950/51     George Chirnside

1963/64     Chris Preston

1938/39     Hermione    Musgrave – Hoyle

1951/52     Harry Price

1964/65     Alfred Morris

1939/40     Vincent Cross

1952/53     Charles Treu

1965/66     Clara Burt

1940/41     Muriel Dowbiggin

1953/54     Norman Gorrill

1966/67     Eric Jones

1941/42     Joseph Waddington

1954/55     Bert Scott

1967/68     Charles Denwood

1942/43     Alex Robertson

1955/56     Thomas Hully

1968/69     Eric Simpson

1943/44     Walter Grosse

1956/57     Helen Daniel

1969/70     Douglas Clift

1944/45     Arthur Grosse

1957/58     Thomas Hayton

1970/71     Samuel Smith

1945/46     George Blatchford

1958/59     James Rogerson

1971/72     Winifred Sweeney

1946/47     James Dirkin

1959/60     Cecilia Pickard

1972/73     Doris Henderson

1947/48     Herbert Butler

1960/61     Percival Oliver

1973/74     Roland Jones

1948/49     Herbert Butler

1961/62     Margery Lovett-Horn



Following the re-organisation of the local boundaries in 1974, Lancaster City Council, Morecambe and Heysham Borough Council, Carnforth Urban District Council, Lunesdale Rural District Council and Lancaster Rural District Council, merged to become a new authority, Lancaster City Council. The following section lists the Mayors of the new authority from 1974 to the present day.

Coat of Arms of Lancaster City Council

1974/75     John Elliot

1998/99     Abbott Bryning


1975/76     Janet Horner

1999/00     Sybil Rostron


1976/77     Peter Sumner

2000/01     Edna Jones


1977/78     Harry Holgate

2001/02     Patricia Quinton


1978/79     Tom Langridge

2002/03     Eileen Blamire


1979/80     Ivy Welldrake

2003/04     John Gilbert


1980/81     Abbott Bryning

2004/05     Ronald John Day


1981/82     John Lodge

2005/06     Joyce Taylor


1982/83     Geoffrey Bryan

2006/07     Janie Kirkman


1983/84     Edna Jones

2007/08     Helen Helme


1984/85     William Mashiter

2008/09     Keith Budden


1985/86     John Ball

2009/10     Roger Sherlock


1986/87     Jean Taylor

2010/11     Anthony Wade


1987/88     Arthur Briggs

2011/12     Paul Woodruff


1988/89     Robert Carr


1989/90     Frederick Wilcox



1990           Eric Simpson    (May-Nov)



1990/91     Henry Towers      (Nov-May)

 


1991/92     Doris Henderson



1992/93     Henry Towers



1993/94     Joyce Taylor



1994/95     Jean Yates



1995/96     Shirley Burns



1996/97     Janet Horner



1997/98     Hilda Shuttleworth    



Contacts

Email:

mayor@lancaster.gov.uk

Telephone:

01524 582650

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