Does anyone know where I might find a list of the Mayors of Weston super Mare particularly for the period 1840-1880?
As far as I understand it - Weston did not have a Mayor until 1937 - the first Mayor of Weston-super-Mare was Henry BUTT.
Perhaps you are thinking of Town Commissioners. Weston gained town status in 1842 with Town Commissioners elected.
The first Chairman of the Commissioners was Francis Hutchinson SYNGE. It's possible that someone has a list of the Commissioners which would help you - are you looking for any name in particular?
Thanks Pat, that pretty well answers the question, great portrait of Francis Hutchinson SYNGE by the way.
The only reason I was asking was that I'd come across a dubious reference to Charles Barnes Wilkins being Mayor of Weston in the mid 1800's. I know a lot about him as I've researched him for a number years, he had lived in Weston and was a JP for Somerset but I'd never heard of him being Mayor of Weston so just wanted to check the veracity of the reference, which as I'd suspected was wrong.
Thanks for confirming it.
Hi, did anyone ever find a list of Mayors, as I would also be interested in this. I am particularly interested to know what is happening in this picture which was taken between 1948 and 1962 (NFS Nation Fire Service). It looks like a lady mayor presenting an award. These are firemen. NFS17 is "Bristol " area. My gramps is in the pic so we know it is Weston.
I do have a list of Weston Mayors and the only female Mayor during that time period was Councillor Mrs Mary Joyce GREY in 1954-1955.
Hi thanks for the reply - this fits with my dates. Sorry my picture did not seem to appear. I will try again. Please see this pic - do you think this is Mrs Grey ?