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About The Council

The Mayor

The Mayor

The current Mayor of Richmond is Councillor Jonathan Preece.

The list of names of every Mayor of Richmond since 1668 is on display in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall. The first of these names, the Mayor in 1668, was William Wetwange. The first lady to hold office was Mary J Hodgson, who was Mayor in 1932, 1933 and 1934. Another lady, Ruth G Roper, held the ofiice in 1935,1936 and 1937. Mrs Roper was one of a number of Roper's who became Mayor of Richmond and these include the wonderfully named Roper Stote Donnison Rowe Roper (1855), George Roper (1881-3 and 1890) and George A Roper (1924-6).

The Town Council elect the new Mayor at the February meeting and the Mayor takes office in May.

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The Town Clerk

The Town Clerk

The current Town Clerk is Heather Lawler, who took up the post in May 2011.

As is the case with the Mayors of Richmond, the list of names of every Town Clerk of Richmond can be traced back to the 1660s

The list of names is on display in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall. The first four Town Clerks of Richmond were all named Close, and collectively they held their posts for nearly one hundred years. Three Town Clerks served between 1884 and 1955, Christopher Croft (the longest serving clerk, 1884-1919), William Foster and David Brooks. The latter is still remembered by many people within the town. The longest serving clerk of recent times was Alan M Wilcox (1985-97) who died in February 2010.

Email the Town Clerk: townclerk@richmondtowncouncil.org.uk

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The Town Crier

The Town Crier

The position was revived some years ago and the present incumbent is Councillor Barry Heap.

Town Criers generally have existed since the days of William the Conqueror. It is very likely that Richmond had a Town Crier within a few years of the Castle being built in 1071. Within Richmond the Crier was always known as the Bellman, the original assignation, but today we refer to him as the Town Crier.

The position was revived some years ago and the present incumbent is Councillor Barry Heap. He proclaims from points North, East, South and West in the centre of the town and Barry can be heard at the bottom of the Market Place (outside the Yorkshire Bank), outside the Kings Head Hotel, half way up Finkle Street and at the Market Cross. His proclamations are in rhyming verse and he can be heard on most Sundays throughout the summer, usually at noon. Barry is a member of the Loyal Company of Town Criers and he will be competing in the Town Criers Competition and Street Organ Festival at Banbury, Oxfordshire, on September 3rd 2010.

The Office

Office Hours at 9.30 – 12.30 am Monday to Friday

Contact Tel. 01748 850808
Email enquiries@richmondtowncouncil.org.uk

Find Us

The Town Hall is situated in the Market Place next to the Town Hall Hotel.

Postcode  DL10 4QL