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Lord Mayor Brian Grocock opens Nottingham Pride 2010.

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham is a largely ceremonial role for the city of Nottingham, England.

The position was historically Mayor of Nottingham; this was changed to Lord Mayor in 1928. The position is elected every May by Nottingham city councillors at their annual council meeting.


The post of Mayor of Nottingham was created in the Charter of Edward I approved on 12 February 1284.

The title was changed to Lord Mayor of Nottingham by Letters Patent, announced by King George V on 10 July 1928, at the opening of the new University College at Highfields. The first holder of the title was the Mayor for the current year, Alderman Edmund Huntsman.

Contrary to popular belief, the Mayoral status was unaffected when Nottingham achieved city status during the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in June 1897. The bestowing of City status is normally a separate issue to the rank of the Mayor concerned. In fact, there is only one case of a Borough being given City status and its Mayor being elevated to Lord Mayor at the same time – this occurred with Cardiff in 1905. It has recently (i.e. since 2002) become the established rule that newly created cities should wait for an interval of at least 10 years before making an application for a Lord Mayoralty.[citation needed]

After City status had been awarded, Nottingham applied (unsuccessfully) for a Lord Mayor in 1911 (marking the Coronation of King George V), and to mark Royal visits in both 1914 and 1919.

Historically, the Mayor of Nottingham was elected in a ceremony in St. Mary's Church, Nottingham. Although the election no longer happens in the church, a civic service is held there each year to mark the Lord Mayor's appointment.


Some of the duties of the Lord Mayor include being a champion of the city and attending official events. The role also includes supporting up to 3 charities and presenting the Lord Mayor's Awards for Urban Design.[citation needed]

Mayors of the Borough of Nottingham (1284–1897)Edit

Source: Nottingham City Council

13th centuryEdit

14th centuryEdit

15th centuryEdit

16th centuryEdit

17th centuryEdit

18th centuryEdit

19th centuryEdit

Mayors of the City of Nottingham (1897–1928)Edit

Edward H Fraser, Mayor of Nottingham
  • 1896/97 Edward Henry Fraser
  • 1897/98 Edward Henry Fraser
  • 1898/99 Edward Henry Fraser
  • 1899/00 Abraham Pyatt
  • 1900/01 Frederick R. Radford
  • 1901/02 Edward N. Elborne (Conservative)[1]
  • 1902/03 Arthur W. Black
  • 1903/04 Alfred Page
  • 1904/05 Joseph Bright
  • 1905/06 Arthur Cleaver
  • 1906/07 John Alfred H. Green
  • 1907/08 John T. Spalding
  • 1908/09 John Ashworth
  • 1909/10 Albert Ball
  • 1910/11 Sir Edward Henry Fraser
  • 1911/12 Edwin Mellor
  • 1912/13 Thomas Ward
  • 1913/14 Frederick Ball
  • 1914/15 John Henry Gregg
  • 1915/16 John C. Small
  • 1916/17 John E. Pendleton
  • 1917/18 John C. Small
  • 1918/19 John E. Pendleton
  • 1919/20 John Morris
  • 1920/21 Herbert Bowles
  • 1921/22 Frederick Berryman
  • 1922/23 Edward L. Manning
  • 1923/24 John Houston
  • 1924/25 James Clarkson
  • 1925/26 Charles Foulds
  • 1926/27 John H. Freckingham
  • 1927/28 Ald. Edmund Huntsman

Lord Mayors of Nottingham (1928 – present)Edit

1928 – 1939Edit

1940 – 1949Edit

1950 – 1959Edit

1960 – 1969Edit

1970 – 1979Edit

1980 – 1989Edit

1990 – 1999Edit

2000 – 2009Edit

2010 – 2019Edit

Mayor Jeannie Packer in official dress with guests at Nottingham Contemporary, 2009 .
  • 2010/11 Coun. Brian Grocock
  • 2011/12 Coun. Michael Wildgust
  • 2012/13 Coun. Leon Unczur
  • 2013/14 Coun. Merlita Bryan
  • 2014/15 Coun. Ian Malcolm
  • 2015/16 Coun. Jackie Morris[2]
  • 2016/17 Coun. Mohammed Saghir
  • 2017/18 Coun. Michael Edwards[3]
  • 2018/19 Coun. Liaqat Ali
  • 2019/20 Coun. Rosemary Healy[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Election of Mayors". The Times (36609). London. 11 November 1901. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "The Lord mayor of Nottingham". Nottingham city Council. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Councillor Rosemary Healy". Nottingham City Council. Retrieved 2 July 2019.

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