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Ralph Clarke (mayor)

Ralph Clark (died 1660) was an English tanner, notable for being the first Mayor of Chesterfield.

Clark came from the prominent Clark family of Chesterfield[1] and was elected to the post of Mayor in 1598 following the Elizabethan charter issued that same year, which granted the town the right to elect a mayor.[2][3]

In 1641 when Poll tax was paid, Ralph paid the highest amount in the town.

At the time of his death in 1660, he was living in Cutthorpe, outside of Chesterfield.[4]


  1. ^ "The Clarke Families of Chesterfield". 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Chesterfield Borough Council - Mayor and mayoress". 20 June 2018.
  3. ^ Familiae minorum gentium by John William Clay (1894)
  4. ^ Archives, The National. "The Discovery Service".