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Mayor of Colchester

The Mayor of Colchester sits as non-political chairman of Colchester Borough Council and serves as the civic representative of the borough. The mayoralty is customarily awarded to the most senior councillor of one of the political groups

Current Mayor

The current Mayor of Colchester is Councillor Peter Crowe (Conservatives). Sadly on the 15th of September 2008 Peter died after a long battle with cancer.

The Mayor's Charities

Throughout his year in office, the Mayor organises events to raise money for his charities ("The Mayor's Charities"). The current Mayor is raising funds on behalf of the following charities:

The Role of Mayor

The Mayor is the chief citizen and represents the borough throughout their year of office. The Mace, carried by the Town Serjeant on ceremonial occasions and into the council chamber, is the symbol of that authority.

The Mayor sits as non-political chairman of the council. The mayoralty is customarily awarded to the most senior councillor of one of the political groups, who take it in turn. The nomination is only rarely challenged. He or she serves for a year as Deputy Mayor.

The annual ceremony of the installation of a new Mayor takes place each May, following the borough council elections. The Mayor's election take splace at the first meeting of the newly formed council.

The council, officers and members of the public gather in the Moot Hall to welcome the incoming Mayor who takes the oath administered by the Town Clerk.

The Mayor's Parlour

The Mayor's Parlour is the Colchester Town Hall office where the Mayor works, as well as the reception suite for visitors. The borough regalia (including The Mace), is also displayed there, and represents gifts to the town as well as items of the borough's heritage.

List of Colchester Mayors

Mayors subsequent to the passing of the Municipal Corporation Act 1835.

2000-present

1990-1999

  • 1999/2000 MC Hunt (Liberal Democrat)
  • 1998/99 DJ Cannon (Conservative)
  • 1997/98 Mrs JA Stevens (Liberal Democrat)
  • 1996/97 WE Sandford MBE JP (Liberal Democrat)
  • 1995/96 Mrs ML Fairhead OBE (Conservative)
  • 1994/95 JAR Webb (Independent)
  • 1993/94 ITJ Trusler (Liberal Democrat)
  • 1992/93 Mrs MR Frank (Labour)
  • 1991/92 RP Spendlove (Conservative)
  • 1990/91 KG Cooke (Labour)

1980-1989

  • 1989/90 JG Sanderson (Conservative)
  • 1988/89 GFD Bober (Labour)
  • 1987/88 JW Lampon (Conservative)
  • 1986/87 RE Russell (SDP)
  • 1985/86 JRW Williams
  • 1984/85 Miss JI Fulford (Conservative)
  • 1983/84 J Bird (Labour)
  • 1982/83 ELW James
  • 1981/82 RWR Browning (Conservative)
  • 1980/81 FCC Wilkin (Labour)

1970-1979

  • 1979/80 CGE Sargeant
  • 1978/79 D Holt (Conservative)
  • 1977/78 LC Woodrow (Labour)
  • 1976/77 Mrs JM Brooks (Conservative)
  • 1975/76 W Ladbrook (Labour)
  • 1974/75 J Jackson
  • 1973/74 AC Parsonson
  • 1972/73 WE Buckingham
  • 1971/72 Mrs AM Smith
  • 1970/71 JR Wheeler (Conservative)

1960-1969

  • 1969/70 RW Hilham
  • 1968/69 CA Howe (Labour)
  • 1967/68 EP Duffield
  • 1966/67 CW Pell
  • 1965/66 SH Wooster
  • 1964/65 WH Willingham
  • 1963/64 RA Harrison
  • 1962/63 WJ Porter
  • 1961/62 DF Panton
  • 1960/61 IT Brown

1950-1959

  • 1959/60 AWJ Kay
  • 1958/59 May Cook
  • 1957/58 CE Wheeler
  • 1956/57 CE Child
  • 1955/56 A Craig
  • 1954/55 TH Morris
  • 1953/54 Kathleen E Sanders
  • 1952/53 WC Lee
  • 1951/52 HH Reid
  • 1950/51 J Andrews

1940-1949

  • 1949/50 PHW Bailey
  • 1948/49 LE Dansie
  • 1947/48 LE Dansie
  • 1946/47 LM Worsnop
  • 1945/46 HG Thompson
  • 1944/45 Arthur William Piper
  • 1943/44 Maurice Pye
  • 1942/43 Percy Alan Sanders
  • 1941/42 Percy Alan Sanders
  • 1940/41 Percy Alan Sanders

1930-1939

  • 1939/40 Percy Alan Sanders
  • 1938/39 HH Fisher
  • 1937/38 E Alec Blaxill
  • 1936/37 GC Benham
  • 1935/36 FE MacDonald-Docker
  • 1934/35 Arthur H Cross
  • 1933/34 W Gurney Benham
  • 1932/33 Maurice Pye
  • 1931/32 George W B Hazell
  • 1930/31 Wm. C Harper

1920-1929

  • 1921/22 Wasey Chopping
  • 1922/23 Percy Alan Sanders
  • 1923/24 Catherine B Alderton
  • 1924/25 Catherine Reeve Hunt
  • 1925/26 Arthur William Piper
  • 1926/27 Charles C Smallwood
  • 1927/28 Ernest H Turner
  • 1928/29 John Russell
  • 1929/30 CJ Jolly
  • 1920/21 Arthur John Lucking

1910-1919

  • 1919/20 A Owen Ward
  • 1918/19 George F Wright
  • 1917/18 Arthur F Jarmin
  • 1916/17 John T Bailey
  • 1915/16 Allen G Aldridge
  • 1914/15 W Coats Hutton
  • 1913/14 Wilson Marriage
  • 1912/13 W Coats Hutton
  • 1911/12 Reginald B Beard
  • 1910/11 Frank Cant

1900-1909

  • 1909/10 E Alec Blaxill
  • 1908/09 W Gurney Benham
  • 1907/08 Wilson Marriage
  • 1906/07 Walter B Sparling
  • 1905/06 Henry Goody
  • 1904/05 Edwin J Sanders
  • 1903/04 Ernest Henry Barritt
  • 1902/03 Henry Harvey Elwes
  • 1901/02 Wilson Marriage
  • 1900/01 CE Egerton-Green

1890-1899

  • 1899/1900 E Thompson Smith
  • 1898/99 Edwin J Sanders
  • 1897/98 James Noah Paxman
  • 1896/97 HG Egerton-Green
  • 1895/96 James Wicks
  • 1894/95 CE Egerton-Green
  • 1893/94 Henry Goody
  • 1892/93 W Gurney Benham
  • 1891/92 Wilson Marriage
  • 1890/91 Lent John Watt

1880-1889

  • 1889/90 Asher Prior
  • 1888/89 Edwin J Sanders
  • 1887/88 James Noah Paxman
  • 1886/87 HG Egerton-Green
  • 1885/86 Henry Laver
  • 1884/85 HJ Gurdon-Rebow
  • 1884 J B Harvey
  • 1883/84 Alfred Francis
  • 1882/83 JB Harvey
  • 1881/82 JB Harvey
  • 1880/81 S Chaplin

1870-1879

  • 1879/80 John Kent
  • 1878/79 Thomas Moy
  • 1877/78 Thomas Moy
  • 1876/77 John F Bishop
  • 1875/76 PO Papillon
  • 1874/75 John F Bishop
  • 1873/74 Edward A Round
  • 1872/73 John F Bishop
  • 1871/72 Charles Hy. Hawkins
  • 1870/71 Charles Hy. Hawkins

1860-1869

  • 1869/70 John F Bishop
  • 1868/69 Francis Smythies
  • 1867/68 John F Bishop
  • 1866/67 PO Papillon
  • 1865/66 Charles Hy. Hawkins
  • 1864/65 John F Bishop
  • 1863/64 John F Bishop
  • 1862/63 Edward Williams
  • 1861/62 Henry Wolton
  • 1860/61 Francis Smythies

1850-1859

  • 1859/60 Edward Williams
  • 1858/59 Arthur Louis Laing
  • 1857/58 Peter Martin Duncan
  • 1856/57 Henry Wolton
  • 1855/56 Joseph Cooke
  • 1854/55 Edward Williams
  • 1853/54 Henry Wolton
  • 1852/53 Francis Smythies
  • 1851/52 Arthur Louis Laing
  • 1850/51 Joseph Cooke

1840-1849

  • 1849/50 Edward Williams
  • 1848/49 Charles Hy. Hawkins
  • 1847/48 Henry Wolton
  • 1846/47 William Bolton Smith
  • 1845/46 Henry Wolton
  • 1844/45 Henry Wolton
  • 1843/44 Henry Vint
  • 1842/43 Roger Nunn
  • 1841/42 Henry Vint
  • 1840/41 Thomas J Turner

1836-1839

  • 1839/40 Samuel Green Cooke
  • 1838/39 George Bawtree
  • 1837/38 Samuel Green Cooke
  • 1836/37 John Chaplin
  • 1836 George Savill
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