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The last Assizes in the Guildhall 1971
The last Assize procession 1971
Mace Sergeants lead the Sheriffs coach
The coat of arms on the Mayor's car.
Mayors and Lord Mayors of the City of Exeter and the City and County of the City of Exeter as compiled by Richard Izacke Esq. Chamberlain 1681. Bracketed names are those listed by Rowe and Cochlin in their Mayors of Exeter published in 1964 - if the name has a different spelling, it also follows in brackets for the first occurence. Up until 1835 the Mayor was elected at Michaelmas 29th September. From 1836 until 1948 he was elected in November, and from 1949, they were elected in May.
1200 Henry Rifford (-)
1201 Henry Rifford (-)
1202 Henry Rifford (-)
1203 Henry Rifford (-)
1204 Henry Rifford (-)
1205 Henry Rifford - The King wrote to an unnamed city Mayor (assumed to be Martin Prudume) this year requiring that he provide a vessel for national defence.
1206 Henry Rifford (-)
1207 John Fitz-Robert - Some historians state that William Derling was the first named Mayor in this year. Hoskins states that Derling was Mayor 11 times between 1208 and 1222.
1208 John Fitz-Robert (-)
1209 John Fitz-Robert (-)
1210 John Fitz-Robert (-)
1211 John Fitz-Robert (-)
1212 John Fitz-Robert (-)
1213 William Blondy (-)
1214 William Blondy (William Derling) 1214 is the date of the earliest mayor listed by Rowe and Cochlin 1964.
1215 William Blondy (William Hastement)
Walter Turbert (William Derling)
1217 Roger Fitz-Henry (William Derling)
1218 Walter Gervyse - built the Exe Bridge and Cricklepit Mill (Walter Turbert)
1219 Walter Turbert (Walter Turbert)
1220 Walter Turbert (-)
1221 Roger Fitz-Henry (William Derling)
1222 Roger Fitz-Henry (-)
1223 Walter Gervyse (-)
1224 Walter Turbert (Hilary Blund)
1225 Walter Turbert (Hilary Blund)
1226 Roger Fitz-Henry (Hilary Blund)
1227 Walter Turbert (Hilary Blund)
1228 Walter Turbert (Hilary Blund)
1229 Roger Fitz-Henry (Hilary Blund)
1230 Roger Fitz-Henry (Walter la Chawe)
1231 Walter Gervyse (Roger, Fitz-Henry)
1232 Walter Turbert (Martin Rof)
1233 Hillary Blondy (John Turbert)
1234 Martin Roff - Hoskins states that Roth was Mayor no less than 15 times between 1232 and 1253. (Hilary Blund)
1235 Roger Fitzhenry (Martin Rof)
1236 Walter Turbert (Walter Gervase)
1237 Martin Roff (Walter Gervase)
1238 Martin Roff
1239 Water Gervyse (Martin Rof)
1240 Martin Roff
1241 Martin Roff
1242 Martin Roff
1243 Martin Roff
1244 Adam Rifford (Martin Rof)
1245 Martin Roff
1246 Adam Rifford
1247 Martin Roff (Adam de Rifford)
1248 Walter Hastement (Adam de Rifford)
1249 Martin Roff
1250 Martin Roff - former Mayor Walter Gervyse died and was buried in St Edmunds Chapel on the Exe Bridge which he had been instrumental in building.
1251 Adam Rifford (Martin Rof)
1252 Martin Roff
1253 Adam Rifford
1254 John Okeston
1255 Hilary Blondy (Philip Tinctor)
1256 Philip Dyer (Philip Tinctor)
1257 Hilary Blondy (Philip Tinctor)
1258 Hilary Blondy (Nicholas de Ivelcestre)
1259 Philip Dyer (Philip Tinctor)
1260 Walter Okeston (Philip Tinctor)
1261 Hilary White (Philip Tinctor)
1262 Walter Okeston (Philip Tinctor)
1263 Nicholas Ilchester
1264 Philip Dyer (Walter de Okeston)
1265 Walter Okeston
1266 William Dirling (Walter de Okeston)
1267 Nicholas Ilchester - died on 21st February 1268 and was replaced by Walter Chawe
1268 Walter Okeston
1269 Alphred Duport (John de Hokeston)
1270 Martin Dirling (Walter de Okeston)
1271 Martin Dirling (Walter de Okeston)
1272 Martin Dirling
1273 Richard Geythen (Martin Durling)
1274 Martin Dirling (Martin Durling)
1275 Alphred Duport (Martin Durling)
1276 Alphred Duport
1277 John Feniton (Martin Durling)
1278 Alphred Duport
1279 John Feniton
1280 Alphred Duport
1281 Alphred Duport
1282 Martin Dirling (Thomas Gatepath)
1283 Alphred Duport
1284 Alphred Duport - also known as Alured de Porta, was implicated in the Walter Lechlade murder and executed in 1285
1285 David Tayler (David Cissor - Lent to Michaelmas)
1286 David Tayler (Taillur)
1287 John Zouch (Soth) - agreement was made between the Bishop, Dean, Chapter and the Mayor and Citizens for enclosing the Cathedral Yard.
1288 John Zouch
1289 Richard Allen (Aleyn)
1290 John Zouch
1291 John Zouch
1292 William Gatepath - the Mayor, with others, witnessed the deed of Ongarus de Saneto Milone, a citizen who gave to the Dean and Chapter Stoke-Wood, uniting Stoke-Wood to their Manor of Stoke Canonicurum.
1293 Richard Tantifer (William de Gatepath)
1294 John Zouch
1295 John Zouch
1296 Walter Tantifer (Tauntifer)
1297 Walter Tantifer
1298 Walter Tantifer
1299 John Horn
1300 William Gatepath
1301 William Tantifer
1302 Roger Beynim (Roger le Whetene) - a dispute arose between Mayor and people of the city, and tenants of the Lord of Kenton and Wyke, who refused to pay Murage for their wares and merchandises. Murage was a tax for repairing the walls.
1303 Roger Wheaton (Roger Beyvin) - Wheaton decreed that persons who set up for Lammas Fair before the appointed time had to answer to the Mayor.
1304 Roger Wheaton
1305 Roger Beynim
1306 Roger Beynim
1308 Roger Beynim
1309 Roger Beynim - Hugh Courtenay was in dispute with Bishop Cator over the purchase of three pots of fish in the market. The Mayor intervened and ordered that one box be allocated to Courtenay, one to the bishop and one to the market. Courtenay berated the Mayor over the affair with the citizens outside, afraid for the Mayor's safety. The Mayor wearing a coat bearing the Earl's coat of arms, suddenly took the coat off and flung it to the ground, stating that Exeter's Mayors from then on would only answer to the king.
1310 Walter Tantifer
1311 Walter Langdon (de Langdene)
1312 William Gatepath
1313 Roger Beynim - the Mayor this year fined the bakers of the city for underweight bread. Seventeen complained, but lost their case.
1314 Roger Beynim
1315 Philip Lovecocke (Lovecok)
1316 Philip Lovecocke
1317 Roger Beynim
1318 Philip Lovecocke
1319 Roger Beynim
1320 Philip Lovecocke
1321 William Wotton
1322 Robert Wotton
1323 Robert Wotton
1324 Philip Lovecocke
1325 Philip Lovecocke
1326 Philip Lovecocke
Richard Soller (le Seler)
1328 Philip Lovecocke
1329 Philip Lovecocke
1330 Martin Lekenn (Le Keu)
1331 Philip Lovecocke
1332 Martin Lekenn
1333 Thomas Gervis (Gerveys)
1334 Martin Lekenn (Le Kenn) - died on 17th March 1335 and was replaced by Thomas Lichfield
1335 Henry Hughton (de Hughetone)
1336 Henry Hughton
1337 Thomas Gervis
1338 Henry Hughton
1339 Thomas Lichfield (de Lycchefeld)
1340 Henry Hughton
1341 Henry Hughton
1342 Robert Furber (le Forbour)
1343 Thomas Furber
1344 Henry Hughton
1345 Henry Hughton
1346 Thomas Furber
1347 Henry Hughton
1348 Nicholas Halberton - died on 14th July 1349 and was replaced by Robert Noble
1449 Robert Bridport (de Brideport)
1450 Robert Bridport
1351 Robert Bridport
1352 Robert Bridport
1353 John Spicer
1354 John Spicer
1355 Robert Bridport
1356 John Gist (Gyst)
1357 John Spicer (le Noble)
1358 Robert Noble
1359 John Spicer
1360 John Spicer
1361 John Gist
1362 John Gist
1363 John Gist
1364 John Gist
1365 Nicholas Taverner (Tavener)
1366 Nicholas Brydestow (Brittestouwe)
1367 Nicholas Brydestow
1368 Warren Bayliff (Bailliff)
1369 Roger Plenty (Plante)
1370 Martin Battishill (Batteshull)
1371 Roger Plenty
1372 John Gist
1373 Roger Plenty - died December 7th 1373 and replaced by Robert Wilsford
1374 Robert Wilsford (Wylford)
1375 Robert Wilsford
1376 John Grey
1377 Robert Wilsford
1378 Robert Wilsford
1379 Robert Wilsford
1380 John Grey
1381 John Nymett (Nymet)
1382 Robert Wilsford
1383 John Talbot
1384 Robert Wilsford
1385 Adam Scutt (Scut)
1386 Robert Wilsford
1387 Richard Bosom (Bosoun)
1388 Robert Wilsford
1389 Richard Bosom
1390 Robert Wilsford - a ship from Portugal docked at Topsham with a load of corn, and unloaded it before a license was obtained. The Mayor seized the goods as a forfeit but a fine of four pounds was paid to the Mayor at the request of the Earl of Devon.
1391 Richard Bosom
1392 Robert Wilsford
1394 Robert Wilsford
1395 Simon Grendon
1396 John Talbot
1397 Adam Scutt
1398 Simon Grendon
1399 John Grey
1400 William Wilsford
1401 William Oke
1402 William Wilsford
1403 Henry Hull (Hulle)
1404 William Wilsford
1405 Simon Grendon - founded Grendon's Almshouses, known as the Ten Cells in Preston Street. They were rebuilt in 1878.
1406 William Wilsford
1407 Adam Scutt
1408 William Wilsford
1409 Richard Bosom
1410 Adam Scutt
1411 William Wilsford
1412 William Wilsford - followed by Henry Hull
1413 Peter Sturt (Sturte)
1414 Thomas Easton (Eston)
1415 Peter Scutt (Peter Sturte)
1416 John Batten (Batyn)
1417 John Cook (Cooke)
1418 John Batten
1419 Thomas Baston (Eston)
1420 John Batten
1421 John Cook
1422 Thomas Easton
1423 John Easton (Eston)
1424 John Cook (Cooke) - a memoradum stated that the Mayor and Officers were to be given 6 loaves of bread and 12d for the feast of Christmas and Easter from this year.
1425 Robert Voysy (Vessy)
1426 Thomas Easton (Eston) - the Mayor was proved in court to be in charge and government of every deceased freemans child under 21. He was to ensure a good education for them.
1427 John Hall (Hull)
1428 John Shillingford (Shillyngford)
1429 John Shillingford
1430 John Hull
1431 William Cook
1432 Thomas Cook
1433 John Salter
1434 William Cook
1435 Thomas Cook
1436 John Cutler (Cateler)
1437 John Hull
1438 Bermet Drew
1439 William Cook
1440 William Upton
1441 Thomas Cook
1442 John Cutler
1443 Hugh Germin (Germyn)
1444 John Shillingford - son of Shillingford above, he was elected against his will, and forced by the King to take office.
1445 John Hull
1446 John Shillingford
1447 John Shillingford - this year the Mayor personally rode several times to London to see the Lord Chancellor, to settle a dispute with the Bishop and Chapter.
1448 John Cutler (Cotelere)
1449 Hugh Germin
1450 William Cremyll (Cremell)
1451 Hugh Germin
1452 Walter Pope
1453 Hugh Germin
1454 Richard Oreng (Orenge) - contracted leprosy and confined to the Magdalen Hospital in 1458 for the rest of his days.
1455 Hugh Germin
1456 William Duke - he was a bell maker who made a bell for the Guildhall in 1464 for 33s 4d.
1457 John Kelley
1458 Richard Druell
1459 John Betty (Bettye)
1460 William Duke - the public water supply at the Carfoix had become derelict. Duke paid for the Carfoix to be refurbished and covered with lead.
1461 John Kelley (Kelly)
1462 Hugh Germin
1463 Richard Druell
1464 Hugh Germin
1465 Richard Druel
1466 Hugh Germin
1467 Thomas Calwoodley (Calwodeley)
1468 John Hamlyn (Hamelyn)
1469 Robert Smith (Smyth) - was born in Exeter in 1430 and died 1490. While Mayor, Smith entertained Edward IV who gave him a sword in appreciation. His grandson emigrated to America with the Rev John Davenport and founded New Haven, Connecticut. A living descendent, Peter Smith lives in Chevy Chase Maryland. The sword can be seen in the Guildhall.
1470 Hugh Germin
1471 Richard Jeffrey (Geffrey)- died 3rd August 1472 and was replaced by Hugh Germin
1472 Richard Clerk
1473 Richard Rumwell (Ronewill)
1474 Hugh Germin
1475 John Oreng
1476 John Atwill (Attwyll)
1477 John Kelley
1478 William Obleigh (Obeley)
1479 John Atwill
1480 Thomas Calwoodley (Calwodeley)
1481 Richard Druell
1482 Roger Worth (Worthe)
1483 John Atwill
1484 Matthew Jubb (Jubbe)
1485 Robert Russell
1486 Thomas Calwoodley
1487 Robert Newton
1488 Richard Clerk
1489 Stephen Rudgway (Riggeway)
1490 John Hooker (Hoker)
1491 Robert Chubb (Chubbe)
1492 John Atwill
1493 John Colshill
1494 William Obleigh (Obley)
1495 John Calwoodley
1496 John Atwill - was considered by his contemporaries to be more 'worthy to be a governor of some great state than this city'.
1497 William Froste (Frost) - was appointed by Henry VII, when the King presented the City with his sword and cap of maintenance. An order was also given that the Mayor should wear a scarlet gown and cloak, which was lined with sarsenet
1498 Richard Undye (Unde)
1499 Nicholas Hamlyn
1500 Walter Yorke
1501 John Calwodley
1502 Walter Champneys (Champeneys)
1503 Robert Newton - died of the plague on 9th May 1504, and was replaced by John Danester who also died of plague on 15th August, and was replaced by William Frost
1504 Thomas Andrew
1505 William Crudg (Crugge)
1506 Richard Hewitt (Huet)
1507 John Calwoodley
1508 John Limpenny (Lypmany)
1509 John Buckenam (Bucknam) - was
born in Suffolk
and came to Exeter to train as a merchant. His nephew William Buckenam
was Mayor in 1541.
1510 Thomas Andrew
1511 William Wilsford (Wilford) - died 29th Jan 1512, replaced by William Crudge
1512 Richard Symons
1513 Richard Hewitt
1514 John Moor (more)
1515 William Crudg
1516 John Buckenam (Bucknam) - his will stated "... bequeathed to this Chamber One full Moity (half portion) or Halfendeal of all that Tenement, with the Appurtenances commonly called the 'Bear-Inn in South, gate-street for the Benefit of the said Alms-house; "
1517 Thomas Hunt (Hunte)
1518 William Crudg - when he died in 1520, he was the wealthiest merchant in Exeter. He started life as a tanner, and became a merchant after he was maimed in a quarrel.
1519 Jeffrey Lewes (Lewis) - was born in Wales and came to Exeter as a merchant tailor. He became warden of St Mary Magdalen leprosy hospital.
1520 John Broadmere (Bradmore)
1521 John Nosworthy (Noseworthy) - devoted himself to public service, and lost his business as a lawyer as a result. He made a chest to keep the city records, some of which survive to today.
1522 Richard Duke - reformed the ale-houses and made landlords responsible for the good behaviour of their customers.
1523 John Symons - died 27th September 1523 the day after his election, and was replaced by Thomas Hunt
1524 William Hurst
1525 William Bennet (Benett)
1526 Henry Hamlyn - son of a Mayor and from a merchants family, Hamlyn founded the Exeter cloth market.
1527 John Britnall (Brycknall)
1528 Robert Buller
1529 Robert Hooker - John Hooker, City Chamberlain in 1590 was Hooker's son, and Richard Hooker, theologian was his great nephew. Todd O'Brien of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is his great (x13) grandson. There are still Hookers living in Exeter.
1530 John Blackaller
1531 Gilbert Kirk (Kirke)
1532 William Peryam (Peryham) - his father was a franklin (a freeholder who was not of noble birth). Despite his rough and ready personality, he married Mayor Blackaller's daughter.
1533 Richard Martin (Martyn) - was the son of Sir Richard Martin of Athelhampton, Dorset.
1534 John Britnall
1535 William Hurst
1536 John Blackaller
1537 Thomas Hunt
1538 Henry Hamlyn
1539 Gilbert Kirk
1540 Thomas Spurway - originated from Tiverton. He was bailiff of Exe island and a fortunate marriage helped him in his civic career.
1541 William Buckenam (Bucknam) - nephew of John Buckenam, Mayor in 1509 and 1516.
1542 John Buller
1543 Robert Tooker (Tucker) - came from a poor family from Moreton Hampstead. He received an injury in a dispute which resulted in compensation from the city, which he used to set up as a baker and brewer. He represented Exeter at court when the city was granted county status by Henry VIII.
1544 Thomas Prestwood
1545 William Hurst
1546 John Britnell
1547 John Midwinter -
was from a dyer's
family in Ottery St Mary. His brother Robert was Mayor in 1559. They
were successful merchants. See 1554.
1548 John Blackaller - was Mayor during the Prayer Book Dispute and rallied the city against the rebels.
1549 John Tuckfield
1550 Thomas Prestwood
1551 William Hurst
1552 William Tothill - Izacke asserts that Tothill had two wives in succession and 36 children from them.
1553 William Smith
1554 John Midwinter - his daughter Mary was mother of Isaac Mawditt Senior who owned the Fountain Tavern, Fore Street, and Grandmother of Isaac Mawditt, Mayor in 1673 and 1681.
1555 Moris Levemore
1556 Walter Staplehill - originated from Tresham, Gloucestershire.
1557 John Peter
1558 John Buller
1559 Robert Midwinter
1560 John Blackall
1561 William Hurst
1562 John Peter
1563 John Peryam
1564 Moris Levermore
1565 John Wooloott
1566 Thomas Richardson - originated from Cheshire.
1567 John Smith
1568 Robert Chaff (Chaffe) - originated from Somerset. He was an ecclesiastical lay official.
1569 William Chappell - the first of three Chapell's to be Mayor - see 1579, 1588 and 1595.
1570 Simon Knight - originated from Somerset, he was an apprentice of William Hurst (Mayor 1561), acting as his overseas agent, before striking out on his own.
1571 Thomas Bruerton
1572 John Peryam - died 5th September 1573, and was replaced by John Blackall
1573 William Tryvett
1574 Nicholas Martin
1575 John Peter
1576 Thomas Prestwood - died 28 December 1576, and was replaced by Robert Chaffe
1577 George Perrymam
1578 Richard Prowse - ordered, along with the Chamber that new members would have to present a gilded spoon made from an ounce of silver to the chamber. There is a direct, living descendent in Portsmouth, and another who was an Australian MP.
1579 William Chappell - died 15 December 1579, and was replaced by Simon Knight
1580 Thomas Bruerton
1581 Thomas Martin
1582 Michael Germin
1583 Jeffrey Thomas
1584 John Davy - this year, Don Antonio, the deposed king of Portugal, visited Exeter and was entertained by the Mayor.
1585 Nicholas Martin
1586 George Smith
1587 John Peryam
1588 Thomas Chappell - the second of the Chapell family to be Mayor - he is the (10x) great grandfather of Edwin Chapell, who lives in Exmouth.
1589 Richard Prowse
1590 William Martin
1591 Michael Germin
1592 Nicholas Spicer
1593 Thomas Spicer
1594 John Davy
1595 John Chappell - the third Chapell to be Mayor within 26 years.
1596 John Levermore
1597 George Smith
1598 John Peryam
1599 John Howell
1600 William Martin
1601 Thomas Walker
1602 Richard Beavis - died 26th August 1603, and was replaced by William Martin
1604 John Davey
1605 Henry Hull
1606 Richard Dorchester
1607 Sir George Smith Knight
1608 John Prowse - nephew of Richard Prowse, Mayor 1578 and 1589.
1609 Hugh Crossing
1610 Walter Borough
1611 Jonn LantI
1612 William Newcombe
1613 Jeffrey Waltham
1614 Thomas Walker
1615 John Marshall
1616 John Sheer
1617 Ignatius Jourden - was instrumental in making Exeter a Puritan city, and hence, up for Parliament, in the run up to the Civil War
1618 Thomas Martin
1619 John Prowse
1620 Hugh Crossing
1621 Walter Borough
1622 John Modyford
1623 John Gupwill
1624 Thomas Crossing
1625 Thomas Walker -
while Mayor elect, there was an
outbreak of the plague. Walker refused to take office and left the
city, to return after 7 weeks by royal command. Ignatius Jourden
deputised as Mayor for the seven week absence.
1626 John Taylor
1627 John Acland
1628 John Lynn (Lynne) - originated from Cambridgeshire.
1629 Nicholas Spicer
1630 Thomas Flay
1631 Nicholas Martin
1632 John Hakewill
1633 Gilbert Sweet
1634 Francis Crossing
1635 Adam Bennet
1636 Roger Mallock
1637 Thomas Crossing
1638 James Tucker - originated from Moreton Hampstead.
1639 Robert Walker was a strong Royalist, and was one of those chosen to negotiate the surrender of Exeter to Parliament, at Poltimore House in April 1646.
1640 John Penny
1641 Richard Saunders
1642 Christopher Clark
1643 Sir Hugh Crocker - was Knighted by Charles I July 26th or 27th 1643, while Mayor. See sidepanel Crocker's sons in America
1644 Nicholas Spicer - was one of the negotiators of the Treaty of Exeter, 1646 and was fined for his part in the Civil War by Parliament. He moved away from Exeter and the family eventually founded the Spicer paper making business. Descendants, John Clayton Athol Spicer of London (b 1985) and his father Nicholas John Athol Spicer of Somerset, (b 1940) are both hereditary freemen of London and Exeter. There is a Nicholas Spicer Charity that still supports destitute freemen.
1646 Walter White - appointed after the surrender of Exeter to Parliament. Entertained General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell to dinner.
1647 Adam Bennet
1648 James Gould - was Mayor when Charles I was executed. When the Proclamation for the English Republic was delivered, he flung it in the gutter. He refused to attend a Justice of the Peace who was presiding at the Assizes and was fined £290.
Richard Crossing - refused office because the King's Government had
been overthrown, so Richard Saunders was elected, but refused on the
same grounds so Adam Bennet deputised
1650 Richard Evans
1651 Richard Sweet
1652 Ralph Herman
1653 Simon Snow - occupied 226 High Street.
1654 Richard Crossing
1655 Nicholas Broking
1656 Thomas Ford
1657 James Pearse
1658 James Marshall
1659 Christopher Clark
1661 Henry Gandy - Gandy Street named after Mayor Gandy.
1662 John Martin - refused office; the King told him to serve which he did 'with much reputation and honour'
1663 John Butler
1664 Alan Penny died 21st March 1665, and was replaced by Anthony Salter MD
1665 Nicholas Isacke
1666 John Acland
1667 Thomas Walker
1668 George Tuthill
1669 Peter Hagedot
1670 Sir Benjamin Oliver
1671 William Sanford
1672 Henry Gandy - second term of office. He left a tenement in St. Sidwell's for the maintenance of two boys.
1673 Isaac Mawditt - he was the son of brewer and grocer who owned the Fountain Tavern (Chevalier) in Fore Street.
1674 Christopher Broadridge (Brodridge) - was a merchant
1675 John Parr
1676 William Glyde
List Compiled by the City Archivist from here
1677 George Tuthill
1678 William Sandford
1679 John Collyns
1680 Henry Smyth
1681 Isaac Mawditt - this is Mawditt's second term as Mayor - he was also Sheriff in 1670, and a Bailiff in 1669. He died on 24th August 1686 and was buried in St Mary Arches Church.
1682 Endymion Walker Esq. - a ship from Topsham was named Endymion Walker and was recorded trading with Boston, probably belonging to the former Mayor.
1683 Christopher Broadridge (Brodridge)
1684 James Walker
1685 Robert Dabynott
1686 George Saffin - was a woollen draper. He was dismissed from the Chamber in 1690 for refusing the oath of allegiance to the new king, James II.
1687 John Snell - was a grocer and High Tory who was evicted from the Mayorality on 5 Dec by Thomas Jefford. He became MP for the city in 1702.
1688 Sir Thomas Jefford - was a wealthy wool merchant who purchased Great Duryard from the Chamber. He was knighted by James II. When William of Orange was approaching Exeter in 1688, Jefford, as a supporter of the King, ordered that the gates be locked against his army. The porter reluctantly opened the gates anyway, allowing the foreign army and William into the city.
1689 John Snell
1690 Edward Cross
1691 Edward Seaward
1692 Christopher Coke
1693 John Gandy
1694 Robert Dabynott - was an apothecary.
1695 Gilbert Yarde
1695 Christopher Bale
1697 John Curson
1698 John Burell
1699 Joshua Hickman
1700 John Snell - became MP for Exeter 1702 to 1708
1701 John Cholwill
1702 John Gandy - was
1703 John Newcombe
1704 Gilbert Wood
1705 Thomas Baron
1706 Nicholas Wood
1707 Edward Daly
1708 Edward Spicer - was a goldsmith who, by 1718, was reduced to a state of poverty and discharged as a member of the Chamber.
1709 Edward Collins
1710 Thomas Salter
1711 Joshua Hickman
1712 Jacob Rowe
1713 John Newcombe
1714 John Gandy
1715 William Sanford
1716 Nathaniel Dewdney
1717 Philip Pear
1718 John Burrell
1719 Thomas Coplestone
1720 William Gandy
1721 John Phillips - was an apothecary.
1722 Thomas Salter
1723 Philip Russell
1724 Humphrey Bawden
1725 Anthony Tripe
1726 Emanuel Hole
1727 John Elston
1728 Robert Lydston
1729 William Stabback
1730 Nathaniel Dewdney
1731 Ethelred Davy
1732 Richard Vivian
1733 Samuel Symons - was a druggist who was Mayor twice.
1734 John Newcombe
1735 Matthew Spry
1736 Samuel Symons
1737 Arthur Culme - was a grocer by trade.
1738 Thomas Heath
1739 Nicholas Blake
1740 Nicholas Lee - was a grocer.
1741 William Newcombe
1742 Nicholas Medland
1743 Philip Elston
1744 John Hawker
1745 Francis Brayne
1746 Matthew Spry
1747 John Manley
1748 Lewis Portbury - ran an ironmongers and foundry business that would eventually become Garton and King.
1749 Thomas Heath
1750 William Trosse - called a meeting 'to consider of proper Methods for the lighting, repair, cleansing and watching of the city'.
1751 Nicholas Lee - due to financial problems, the Chamber turned to Lee, who was wealthy, for a loan of a £1,000 for extraordinary expenses.
1752 Robert Dodge - Mayor from September to November – replaced by Nicholas Lee for the remainder of the term.
1753 John Luckett
1754 Nicholas Arthur - was a plumber by trade.
1755 Lewis Portbury - his second term of office.
1756 William Trosse
1757 Joseph Elliot
1758 Richard Denshan
1759 Richard Jackson
1761 Samuel Dix - until January 1762, replaced by Francis Brayne
1762 James Crossing
1763 Edward Walker
1764 Jacob Fowe
1765 John Bussell
1766 Humphry Hill
1767 William Jollin - until February 1768, replaced by James Crossing
1768 Philip Dacie
1769 Thomas Dodge
1770 John Floud
1771 Thomas Coffon
1772 Gregory Jackson
1773 Henry Kitson
1774 John Dennis
1775 John Eiles Pier
1776 Charles Edwards
1777 Thomas Dodge
1778 James Grant
1779 Charles Furlong
1780 Samuel Moore
1781 Nicholas Brooke - was declared bankrupt during his year of office, and was removed from the Chamber when his term as Mayor concluded.
1782 John Bussall
1783 William Ilbert
1784 Benjamin Horyce Walker
1785 George Westlake
1786 Nicholas Elias Cosserat
1787 Richard Jenkin:
1788 Jonathan Burnett - was a wealthy plumber who financed the Mayor's entertainment from his own pocket.
1789 William Pate
1790 Edward Raguener
1791 Reuben Phillips
1792 John Pinhey
1793 Richard Chamberlain
1794 Richard Hart
1795 John Balle
1796 Charles Upham
1797 John Brake - was a merchant.
1798 Joseph Gattey
1799 Jonothan Worth
1800 Richard Jenkin
1801 Thomas Floud - conferred the Freedom of Exeter on Lord Nelson on the 21 January 1801 in the Guildhall. Nelson presented his sword to the city.
1802 Charles Collyns - as a banker Collyns was a wealthy man. The Chamber was in financial straits at the time, and Collyns refused to take the Mayor's salary.
1803 John Pinhey
1804 Joseph Greenway PORTRAIT
1805 John Thomas Wright
1806 Samuel White
1807 Charles Collyns
1808 Joseph Gattey
1809 Edward Upham
1810 John Hore
1811 William Lee
1812 Benjamin Wm, Johnson - was a surgeon who was allowed a salary of £400 for him to pay for sixteen official dinners.
1813 Burnet Patch - was a hop and spirit merchant who had the small iron Burnet-Patch bridge constructed in Cathedral Close. See Bridges
1814 John Hart
1815 John William Williams
1816 Samuel White
1817 Charles Brake - on 4th June 1818, Mayor Brake laid the foundation stone of the city prison at Northernhay Street, now occupied by the Rougemont Hotel.
1818 Thomas Floud - opened the newly completed prison at Northernhay Street.
1819 Henry Blackall
1820 Robert Rogers Sanders
1821 George Galloway
1822 John Harris PORTRAIT
1823 William Crockett
1824 Humphry Hill Pinhey - was the Mayor who opened the newly extended canal on 9th April 1825.
1825 William Payme
1826 John Hart
1827 Henry Blackall
1828 John Haddy Jones
1829 Robert Rigers Sanders
1830 Paul Measor
1831 William Kennaway - he ran Kennaway, the wine merchant in Palace Gate.
1832 Henry Blackall
1833 Edward Woolmer - owner and editor of Woolmer's Exeter Gazette.
1834 Philip Chilwell de la Garde Sep-Dec
Municipal Corporation Act replaced the Chamber with a Council
1835 Philip Chilwell de la Garde Jan-Nov
1835 Samuel Kingdon (Jn) - took over Kingdon and Sons from his father - the business became Garton and King.
1836 William Kennaway
1837 William John Players Wilkinson PORTRAIT
1838 William John Players Wilkinson - this year two lion cubs were born at Bonhay, probably in a travelling menagerie. Mayor Wilkinson named one of them Exonia.
1839 Edward MacGowan M.D.
1840 William Drewe - was a non conformist and wine merchant in South Street. He took his family to Australia in 1852 and died there in 1862 where he has numerous descendants.
1841 John Crew Carew PORTRAIT
1842 Charles Henry Turner
1843 William Page Kingdon - cousin of Samuel Kingdon who was Mayor in 1835
1844 Henry Hooper - builder of St David's Station, and the Higher and Lower Markets.
1845 Edward Woolmer
1846 Charles Brutton
1847 William Denis Moore
1848 Thomas Shapter - doctor who worked tirelessly during the 1832 cholera epidemic and wrote an important study of the outbreak. PORTRAIT
1849 Christopher Arden
1850 Edward Andrew Sanders
1851 William Wills Hooper - brother of Henry Hooper, Mayor in 1844
1852 William Wills Hooper
1853 Robert Stribling Cornish - builder of Holy Trinity Church and the grey warehouse on the quay. He also purchased, at his own expense, a large quantity of fireworks to be set off in a field near Paris Street, to prevent the annual 5th November bonfire in Cathedral Yard. After the fireworks show, the crowd still built a bonfire in Cathedral Yard despite efforts by the police to prevent it.
1854 John Daw PORTRAIT
1855 John Daw
1856 Thomas G. Norris
1857 William Buckingham
1858 Henry Hooper
1859 Thomas Tanner
1860 Thomas E. Drake
1861 William Kendall - Kendall's Building in Blackboy Road named after him. PORTRAIT
1862 William Barnes
1863 Thomas Maitland Snow - (b 1817 d 1899), his father, Thomas Snow (b 1791) was a wine trader and partner in the City Bank. Snow also became a partner, as did his son, who was Mayor in 1889.
1864 Robert Thomas Head
1865 Robert Thomas Head
1866 Robert Thomas Head
1867 John Trehane - wine merchant trading from the Chevalier Inn (Hogs Head) building, Fore Street in partnership with Charles Ham. His great grandson was Sir Richard Trehane a well known figure in late twentieth century farming and Chairman of the Milk Marketing Board 1958-1977, while his great great grandson is Guy Trehane, a farmer in Dorset.
1868 Henry Samuel Ellis PORTRAIT
1869 Richard James Norman King
1870 Bartholomew Charles Gidley - son of the Town Clerk, he was a solicitor and Freeman of the City. An antiquarian who contributed to the Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, he died in 1888 and was buried in All Hallows on the Wall cemetery.
1871 Joseph Harding - one of the founders of St Annes Well Brewery PORTRAIT
1872 Charles John Follett - Follett's Building in the West Quarter named after him. He was the nephew of Sir William Follett.
1873 Charles John Follett
1874 Horace Charles Lloyd PORTRAIT
1875 Henry Wilcocks PORTRAIT
1876 William Cuthbertson PORTRAIT
1877 Henry Drew Thomas - was a brewer and partner in Harding, Richards and Thomas or St Annes Brewery. He lived in Dix's Field. PORTRAIT
1878 William Horton Ellis - was the last Mayor to read the Riot Act. PORTRAIT
1879 William Horton Ellis
1880 Walter Pring - co-owner of Norman and Pring at the City Brewery PORTRAIT
1881 Thomas Andrew PORTRAIT
1882 Samuel Jones - PORTRAIT
1883 Robert Carne Wilkinson PORTRAIT
1884 William Brown - presented Frank Shooter, Hero of the Exe with a gold medal and a purse containing £135 for his gallantry. PORTRAIT
1885 Richard Rendle Miller Daw PORTRAIT
1886 Arthur Burch PORTRAIT
1887 Charles Tanner Kingdon Roberts PORTRAIT
1888 William Peters PORTRAIT
1889 Thomas Snow - born 1852, son of Thomas Maitland Snow who was Mayor in 1863. He was a partner in the City Bank that was absorbed into the National Provincial Bank in 1918. PORTRAIT
1890 Charles Edwin Ware PORTRAIT
1891 Edward Holroyd Houlditch PORTRAIT
1892 Henry Frederick Willey - founded Willey's Foundry PORTRAIT
1893 Edward James Domville PORTRAIT
1894 Alfred Robert Steele-Perkins PORTRAIT
1895 Robert Pople - proprietor of the New London Inn PORTRAIT
1896 Robert Pople
1897 Robert Pople
1898 Samuel Ward PORTRAIT
1899 Hubert Palmer Osborne Hamlin PORTRAIT
1900 Albert Edward Dunn - founder, in 1892 of Dunn and Baker, solicitors. PORTRAIT
1901 Albert Edward Dunn
1902 Charles Edward Rowe PORTRAIT
1903 Frederick John Widgery (F J) - also a well known artist, especially of Dartmoor scenes. PORTRAIT
1904 Edwin Charles Perry - born in Ramsgate, Perry was widowed and re-married having four daughters and a son, being the Devon Liberal election agent in 1900. He drove the first (1905) and last (1931) electric tram in the city. PORTRAIT
1905 Thomas Linscott - a pawnbroker and jeweller by trade, Linscott was from a long line of Exonians, although he was born in Marylebone, London. PORTRAIT
1906 William Henry Reed -- donated his estate of Streatham Hall in 1922 to the University - re-named Reed Hall to commemorate its benefactor, Alderman W H Reed PORTRAIT
1907 Henry Gadd PORTRAIT
1908 James George Commin PORTRAIT
1909 Henry Hugh Wippell - proprietor of Wippells PORTRAIT
1910 Alfred Thomas Loram PORTRAIT
1911 Charles James Vlieland - was a Doctor who lived in West Southernhay. During his time as Mayor, he opened Rougemont Gardens for the public. Charles Vlieland's grandfather was Dutch and he has living relatives in the Netherlands. PORTRAIT
1912 Henry William Michelmore PORTRAIT
1913 William Kendall King PORTRAIT
1914 James George Owen - proprietor of the Express and Echo. PORTRAIT
1915 James George Owen
1916 James George Owen
1917 James George Owen
1918 Sir James George Owen
1919 Thomas Bradley Rowe PORTRAIT
1920 Arthur Charles Roper PORTRAIT
1921 Philip Foale Rowsell - his charity for three years was the Exeter Cancer Fund which raised £11,000 to equip the new X-ray, Radium and Electrical Treatment Department at the RD&E. PORTRAIT
1922 Philip Foale Rowsell
1923 Philip Foale Rowsell
1924 Arthur Northcote Pitts PORTRAIT
1925 William Brock PORTRAIT
1926 Ransom Pickard - the Ransom Pickard Hall of residence, opened in 1967, at the University commemorates this Mayor. PORTRAIT
1927 Arthur Ernest Brock PORTRAIT - owner of Brocks Furnishing in Fore Street.
1928 John Shirley Steele-Perkins PORTRAIT
1929 Harold Charles Rowe PORTRAIT
1930 Charles Warren PORTRAIT
1931 Henry William Michelmore PORTRAIT
1932 Kenneth Gatey PORTRAIT
1933 Thomas John Wembridge Templeman PORTRAIT
1934 James William Ackroyd - owner of a store in Fore Street. PORTRAIT
1935 Percy Rufus Gayton - he was the first Labour Mayor in the City. PORTRAIT
Anstey - the first
aircraft to land at Exeter Airport on 31st
May 1937 was greeted by Mayor Anstey. He, along with civic leaders were
then given a flight over the city. PORTRAIT
1937 Reginald John Rew - worked for Willeys and in the gas industry. PORTRAIT
1938 Rowland Glave Saunders - along with his wife, Mayor Saunders worked tirelessly through the war to raise money for the war effort and keep up morale. PORTRAIT
1939 Rowland Glave Saunders
1940 Rowland Glave Saunders
1941 Rowland Glave Saunders
1942 Rowland Glave Saunders
1943 Rowland Glave Saunders
1944 Vincent Thompson - Conservative, from Leeds, he was a solicitor. St Luke's Science and Sports College was formerly named Vincent Thompson School from 1953.
1945 Francis Henry Tarr - he was a founder of the Exeter Labour Party. He was an employee of the Exeter Gas Board.
1946 William Outon Wills - ran a drapers in Sidwell Street, called Gould and Wills, and lived in Heavitree Road.
1947 William Thomas Slader - Nov 1947 to May 1949. Known as 'Potato Pete" because he owned a fruit and vegetable wholesale business in Southernhay East.
1948 William Thomas Slader
1949 William Thomas Slader
1949 William Godwin Michelmore from May 1949 - a retired Major-General who won the MC and DSO in WW1. His father was Mayor 1912/1931.
1950 John Geoffrey Rowe Orchard - owned the Royal Clarence Hotel.
1951 Frederick Peter Cottey - a solicitor, Cottey was one of three partners who formed Southern Speedway Ltd in 1929, bringing speedway to the County Ground. (submitted by his great niece, Maggie Silver) PORTRAIT
Wayland Smith - surgeon at the RD&E. PORTRAIT
1953 Alfred James Bovey - Labour, he worked for British Rail and lived in Attwyll Avenue. PORTRAIT
1954 Charles William Holcombe Hill - chairman of the bakers, Hill, Palmer and Edwards. He lived in Spicer Avenue.
1955 Gilbert John Greenslade - Independent, he was one of the founders of Greenslades (Hookways) Coaches PORTRAIT
1956 Clifford James Fuller - was a senior physician at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where his pale blue Rolls Royce was a well known site. PORTRAIT
1957 Ronald Hay Creasy - lived in St Leonards Avenue and was a retired Lt Colonel.
1958 Charles Rew - Labour, he was a post-office engineer. PORTRAIT
1959 Charles Woodland - owned a plumbing business that installed the plumbing at Castle Drogo. The business became Howard, Woodland & Stephens. He died as the result of a shooting accident at Beare Farm, Crediton in 1961. PORTRAIT
1960 Philip Francis Brooks - Labour, he was a British Railways guard who lived in Hoker Road. Awarded the BEM in June 1958, Brooks moved with his wife to New Jersey in his seventies. He died in 1984. PORTRAIT
1961 Alfred Peter Steele-Perkins - a solicitor who lived in Woodwater Lane. He was chairman of the Watch Committee. PORTRAIT
1962 Kenneth Charles Harold Rowe - chairman of Rowe Brothers & Co. He died in 2006. PORTRAIT
1963 Walter George Daw - was born in Paul Street; his father was a baker. PORTRAIT
1964 Patrick Allan Spoerer - Labour, he was the director of the South Western Optical Co. Ltd.
1965 James Lethley Smeall - principal of St Lukes Training College and one of the few, non councillor mayors. PORTRAIT
1966 Minnie Nichols - Conservative, she was elected as the first Lady Mayor. She promoted the welfare of people with special needs, and the Nichols Centre was named after her. PORTRAIT
1967 Ronald (Ron) Edward Charles Board - Labour, a guillotine operator and union official who often sat on the Magistrates Saturday bench. PORTRAIT
1968 John Belsey Martin - Conservative, grandfather of Chris Martin of Coldplay and founder of Martins Caravans in 1929. PORTRAIT
1969 William James Hallett - opened the northern Exe Bridge and was the first to cross in the mayoral Rolls Royce. PORTRAIT
1970 Percy Hilton - Liberal, he was a solicitor with Tucker & Hilton, and formerly a professional football referee. PORTRAIT
1971 Herbert Samuel Sargent - Conservative, he was a solicitor with Sargent & Probert. Sargent became Chairman of Devon County Council for 18 months, until his death in 1978. PORTRAIT
1972 Gordon Anthony Joy - Labour, he was employed by the fire service. PORTRAIT
1973 Ernest Charles Lovelace Tozer - Conservative, he was the last Mayor of the City and County of the City of Exeter, ending on 30 March 1974. He was a master dairyman from St Thomas.
Exeter lost its County status to become a District Council
1974 Walter George Daw - was Mayor from 1st April to the 2nd April 1974, of the District Council of Exeter. PORTRAIT
1974 Samuel Honeywill MBE - Liberal, he was elected as the Chairman of the District Council and Mayor of Exeter, he was the first life member of the Falcons. PORTRAIT
The Mayors term commenced on the second Tuesday of May from 1974
1975 William Peter Hutchings PORTRAIT
1976 John Frederick Landers PORTRAIT
1977 Roger John Keast - was a solicitor. He undertook a trip to Rennes for the twinning, in the city Rolls Royce. PORTRAIT
1978 Norman William Francis Long - was a railwayman. PORTRAIT
1979 Richard John Van Oppen - Conservative, he was a solicitor and possibly the last city coroner. PORTRAIT
1980 Joan Margaret Richardson PORTRAIT
1981 Ivy Maud Johns - Exeter's first Labour female Mayor, John's lived on the Burnthouse Lane Estate for 50 years and represented Wonford for 17 years. She was involved in founding Exeter's Hospiscare. She died in June 2007 at the age of 96. PORTRAIT
1982 Patricia Spencer PORTRAIT
1983 Raymond Edward Robert Long - was a railwayman - brother of Norman William Long (1978) PORTRAIT
1984 James Pollitt - was a car dealer in Howell Road before moving to Knights Garage in Haven Road. PORTRAIT
1985 Roy Slack - was a railwayman who was Labour leader of the City Council from 2000 until 2007. He represented Exwick. PORTRAIT
1986 Alan Williamson PORTRAIT
1987 William Henry John Rowe - was a coal man. PORTRAIT
1988 Michael James O'Callaghan - served for 18 years as a Labour councillor for Wonford, O'Callaghan was a bus conductor. He also ran a stall in George's Market for a time. He died in December 2007. PORTRAIT
1989 Diana Winifred Pamela Sutton Bess PORTRAIT
1990 George Clark - born in Rifford Road and orphaned at the age of nine, Clark became active in local politics, representing the same area for 15 years. He was the first bus driver to be a Mayor of the City. PORTRAIT
1991 Anthony Fry PORTRAIT
1992 Yolanda Henson - ran a small private hotel in St David's. She is still leader of the Conservatives in Exeter (2012). PORTRAIT
1993 Martin Rich PORTRAIT
1994 Ramon Yeo - an accomplished organ player and organist at Withycombe Raleigh Parish Church. He is the Honary President of the Bach Society in Exeter. PORTRAIT
1995 Margaret Midgeley PORTRAIT
1996 Ian Mitchell PORTRAIT
1997 John Holman PORTRAIT
1998 Barry McNamara PORTRAIT
1999 Roy Hill - was a taxi driver in the city. PORTRAIT
2000 Mary Evans - first councillor for Topsham to be elected Mayor. PORTRAIT
2001 Granville Baldwin became the first Lord Mayor on 23 April 2002 for the residue of his term. He died after a long battle against cancer in June 2009. PORTRAIT
Exeter was granted a Lord Mayor in 2002
2002 Val Dixon PORTRAIT
2003 Margaret Danks PORTRAIT
2004 Hilda Sterry PORTRAIT
2005 Peter Wadham - at the Trafalgar Way re-enactment, he welcomed a post-chaise at the Guildhall to remember the journey of Lt John Lapenotiere with the news of Trafalgar. PORTRAIT
2006 Norman Shiel - the Lord Mayor's charity for the year, the South West MS Centre benefited by £21,000 during Shiel's term in office. PORTRAIT
2007 Hazel Slack - is the first former Mayoress to be (Lord) Mayor in her own right. Councillor Slack runs a nursery shop in the city. PORTRAIT
2008 Paul Smith - Cllr. Smith was born in Paddington, adopted and brought up in Maidstone. His charity was Southbrook Specialist Special College. PORTRAIT
2009 John Winterbottom - a Conservative councillor for St Leonard's who was a former financial adviser. His charity was Dream-A-Way. PORTRAIT
2010 Marcel Choules - a Labour councillor. He has been a fairground booth fighter, bouncer and chef. His charity was The Wonford & St Paul's Youth & Community Project. PORTRAIT
2011 Stella Brock - a Liberal Democrat, her charity was the Mark Marshall Youth Fund. Marshall was a PCSO who died in Afghanistan in 2010. PORTRAIT
2012 Rob Newby - a Conservative Councillor and former London Fire Brigade firefighter, Councillor Newby's charity was SOCOPS for austistic children. PORTRAIT
2013 Rachel Lyons - a Labour Councillor and former nurse, Councillor Lyon's charity is ATAXIA for people with the neurological disorder. PORTRAIT
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Source - Richard Izacke, Chronicles of Exeter by Todd Gray, Exeter 1540 to 1640 by Wallace T MacCaffrey, Eighteenth Century Exeter by Robert Newton and the City Archivist. WIth thanks to the Mayors Office, Exeter City Council for allowing the use of many of the portraits after 1974 and the Westcountry Studies Library for the prewar photos.
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