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Welcome to Sudbury Town Council's website
Welcome to Sudbury Town Council's website


Welcome to the Mayor's page

A brief history of Mayoralty

The words "Mayor" and "Major" derive from the same 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, as such an office had existed on the continent at least since the fifth century.

The position of Mayor is one of the most ancient offices in British history, but has truly changed its role, importance and public perception throughout the centuries. However, as the list of Mayors often displayed in town halls the office of Mayor today connects the present day council to its medievel or earlier predecessors. The first English Mayor was the Mayor of London, appointed in 1189 by Richard I.


A few important dates relating to the Mayor of Sudbury

The first Mayor of Sudbury was recorded as Robert Darry in 1331.

In 1515 the government of the town was vested in the Mayor, five ex-mayors and 24 burgesses.

During the second world war (1939-1945) the position of Mayor was held continuously by Sydney G. Wheeler.

The first lady Mayor was Mrs K.M. Hitchcock appointed in 1963.

Sudbury was originally a borough council, but in 1974 after local government reorganisation it was given parish (town) status.

The current Town Mayor of Sudbury for 2017 - 2018

Councillor Sarah Page



The current Deputy Town Mayor of Sudbury for 2017 - 2018

Councillor Sue Ayres




If you would like more information on the current Town Mayor of Sudbury or the Deputy Town Mayor, or would like to invite the Mayor to attend an event you are arranging then please contact the Mayor's Secretary on 01787 372331 or by email

List of Borough Mayors from 1331 - 1973

List of Town Mayors from 1974 - 2014


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Council Offices
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01787 372331
01787 311642 fax/out of hours answerphone
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