History of the Mayor
The word Mayor and Major derives from the Latin word Magnus meaning great. The Office of Mayor, together with the Doomsday Book and the feudal system were brought to this country by the Normans. The Office of Mayor had existed on the continent at least since the fifth century. The first English Mayor was the Mayor of London appointed in 1189 by Richard 1.
The first Basingstoke Mayor, George Baynard, was appointed in 1641. In 1974 Basingstoke became a District Council and had a Chairman and not a Mayor, but then in 1978 Basingstoke and Deane became a borough and once again had a Mayor.
Mayors since 1990/91
|2010/11||Keith Chapman||2nd Term|
|2001/02||Rose Gladys Wellman|
|1997/98||Roger Vernon Charles Morris|
|1996/97||Laurence Thomas Garland|
|1995/96||John William Greenwood|
|1994/95||John Leonard Shears|
|1993/94||Keith James Brant|
|1992/93||Keith George Chapman|
|1991/92||Robert Alfred O’Bee|
|1990/91||Christopher Beresford Evans|
Mayors prior to 1989/90
For details of all Mayors since the Town of Basingstoke first had a Mayor in 1641, please see the document below.
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