Lord Mayor Of London!
On Monday September 29th at Common Hall in Guildhall, Richard Nichols was unanimously elected the 670th Lord Mayor of London: the first, we believe, to come from Chipperfield!
Richard will take up his duties on November 8th as part of the Lord Mayors Show, having received his badge of office the day before from the outgoing Lord Mayor in the Silent Ceremony. The Show is a marvellous occasion, which is of course televised. To appreciate the atmosphere of the day, it really is worth making the journey to the City and watching the procession pass. It starts at 11am from Guildhall and goes to the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor takes his oath of allegiance to the Queen before the Lord Chief Justice and the Judges, on behalf of the Crown of the Queens Bench Division. The procession then starts off again from Victoria Embankment shortly after 1pm to return to Guildhall.
The City of London first had a mayor in 1189, but the Lord Mayors election and show did not begin until after 1215, when King John granted a charter to the City allowing th citizens to choose their own mayor. The charter stated that the new Mayor must swear allegiance to the Crown, and his journey from the City to Court at Westminster has now developed into the Lord Mayors Show.
Various methods of transporting the Lord Mayor have been used down the centuries, from foot, to boats and on horseback – until 1711, when Sir Gilbert Heathcote fell off during the procession. Since then, all Lord Mayors have travelled in the safety of a coach, and the wonderful one which is used now was built for the 1757 Show.
We would like to congratulate Richard on this tremendous honour, and hope that he and Shelagh will have a wonderful year at the Mansion House!