The Mayor's robes/The Deputy Mayor's robes
The Mayoral robes, which are edged with synthetic fur, are kept for ceremonial occasions such as the Annual Meeting of the Council, Mayor Making, Remembrance Day, Civic Sunday and Freedom of the Borough ceremonies. When the robes are worn the Macebearer must attend.
The Mayor's Chain and Badge
In 1978 the Basingstoke District Council successfully petitioned the Queen to be made a borough and the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane was formed.
The Mayor’s Chain and Badge was purchased by local companies (listed below) and presented in 1979. The chain is made of gold links and was made by Thomas Fattorini of Birmingham.
Subscribers to the cost of the Mayor's regalia
Berry Bros and Rudd Ltd
Cannon Electric (GB) Ltd
Eastbourne Mutual Building Society
Eli Lilly and Co Ltd
Fairway Furnishing Centre
Habel of Winchester
Jacksons (Basingstoke) Ltd
Lansing Bagnall Ltd
Littlewoods Organisation Ltd
|Macmillan Administration (Basingstoke) Ltd
Marryatt and Scott Ltd
J L Morison Son and Jones Ltd
National Car Parks Ltd
Parnell Jordy and Harvey
Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative Society Ltd
E G Routley
J Sainsbury Ltd
Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners
Smiths Industries Ltd
SSI Fix Equipment Ltd
Taylor and Francis Ltd
Tesco Stores Ltd
Time and Precision Engineering Co Ltd
Thomas De La Rue and Co Ltd
Unicorn Industries Ltd
Vyne Farm Ltd
Wallis and Stevens Ltd
Wiggins Teape Group Ltd
F W Woolworth and Co Ltd
The Mayoress' Chain
This is a recent acquisition and is gold plate. The design is copied from the Mayor’s previous chain of office which after 1979 was worn by the Mayoress. However, this became too delicate and a copy was commissioned from Thomas Fattorini. The rose is the Hampshire rose and is linked by gold chains.
Past Mayor/Mayoress' badges
At the end of the mayoral year the outgoing Mayor and Mayoress are presented with a Past Mayor and Past Mayoress’ badge. These are to be worn on civic occasions.
The use of ceremonial maces has its origins in the use of the mace as a weapon of war. Today’s ceremonial maces are a highly ornamental descendant of the prehistoric club or bludgeon. As the King’s Serjeants-at-Arms and subsequently the Serjeants and similar officers allowed to attend on Mayors gradually became less the armed personal bodyguard, and more the messengers to convey the Royal Orders to local authorities, so the Mace with Royal Arms inscribed on it which he carried became the obvious and visible token of Royal authority.
Over time, the hitting end of the mace fell out of use and the handle end increased in importance. This end became highly decorated and the maces became entirely covered with or made out of precious metals. The mace was then no longer a weapon of offence but a symbol of authority. Today’s ceremonial maces are therefore carried upside down.
Today the absence of the mace from a Council meeting would not invalidate the outcome of the business. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a Mayor could not be sworn in unless the mace was present. The Mace precedes the Mayor when entering and leaving the Council Chamber and lies in front of the Mayor when Council is sitting. When the Mayor is settled, the Mace rests horizontally before him with the crown to his right hand, or in the more important direction. In St Michael’s Church there is a holder in the Civic pews for the Mace and in this instance the Mace is placed in an upright position.
The Mace is always reversed in the presence of Royalty because the Mace, as the symbol of the Mayor’s authority, is redundant in the presence of the Sovereign.
The King Charles (small) mace
This is very fragile and is not used now. It was given to the borough by King Charles I in 1641 and is made of silver gilt.
The Queen Anne Mace
This is the mace used now for ceremonial occasions and was presented to the borough by Queen Anne in 1710. It is made of silver gilt.
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