High Sheriff of East Sussex

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The High Sheriff of East Sussex is a current title which has existed since 1974; the holder is changed annually every March. For around 1,000 years the county of Sussex was covered by a single High Sheriff of Sussex but after the Local Government Act 1972 the title was split to cover the newly created counties of East Sussex and West Sussex.

The position was once a powerful position responsible for collecting taxes and enforcing law and order in the county. In modern times the high sheriff has become a ceremonial role, presiding over public ceremonies.

History

The office of High Sheriff is over 1000 years old, with its establishment before the Norman Conquest. The Office of High Sheriff remained first in precedence in the counties until the reign of Edward VII when an Order in Council in 1908 gave the Lord-Lieutenant the prime office under the Crown as the Sovereign's personal representative. The High Sheriff remains the Sovereign's representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order..

Roles and responsibilities

  • High Sheriffs are responsible in the Counties of England and Wales for duties conferred by the Crown through Warrant from the Privy Council, including:
  • Attendance at Royal visits to the County
  • The wellbeing and protection of Her Majesty's High Court Judges when on Circuit in the County and attending them in Court during the legal terms
  • The execution of High Court Writs and Orders (which is mainly achieved through the Under Sheriff)
  • Acting as the Returning Officer for Parliamentary Elections in County constituencies
  • Responsibility for the proclamation of the accession of a new Sovereign
  • The maintenance of the loyalty of subjects to the Crown

High Sheriffs of East Sussex

  • 1974–1975: Joseph Rank, of Hartfield
  • 1975–1976: Thomas Egerton, of Robertsbridge
  • 1976–1977: Lawrence Hardy, of Dane Hill
  • 1977–1978: Arthur Sturge MC, of Wadhurst
  • 1978–1979: Reginald Edwardes-Jones, of Wadhurst
  • 1979–1980: Christopher Bridge, of Firle
  • 1980–1981: Thomas Halliday Baskerville Mynors, of Moseham House [1]
  • 1981–1982: Major Michael Reid, of Wadhurst
  • 1982–1983: Hon. Oliver Piers St. Aubin MC, of Woodside House, Barcombe, Lewes [2]
  • 1983–1984: Lieutenant-Colonel Rodney Onslow Dennys CVO OBE[3]
  • 1984–1985: Capt Samuel Lombard-Hobson CVO OBE, of Laughton
  • 1985–1986: Michael Toynbee, of Wadhurst
  • 1986–1987: Rupert Cyster OBE, of Rye
  • 1987–1988: Timothy Jones, of Berwick
  • 1988–1989: Edward Hardcastle TD, of Wadhurst
  • 1989–1990: David Baker JP, of Laughton
  • 1990–1991: Peter Dunn JP, of Rushlake Green
  • 1991–1992: Roderick Petley, of Heathfield
  • 1992–1993: Ian Cox, of Brightling
  • 1993–1994: Andrew Stewart-Roberts of Offham
  • 1994–1995: Lady (Jane) Lloyd of Berwick
  • 1995–1996: Alan Mayes-Smith
  • 1996–1997: John Fooks
  • 1997–1998: John Whitmore
  • 1998–1999: Gillian Evelyn Schluter, Viscountess Brentford, OBE
  • 1999–2000: Keith Miller
  • 2000–2001: William de Salis
  • 2001–2002: Richard Carden
  • 2002–2003: David Pennock
  • 2003–2004: Alastair Ainslie
  • 2004–2005: Julian Avery
  • 2005–2006: David Tate OBE
  • 2006–2007: Amanda Caroline Hamblin[4]
  • 2007–2008: Caroline Anne Mayhew[5]
  • 2008–2009: Hugh Thomas Burnett OBE of Hove [6]
  • 2009–2010: William Thomas Cornelius Shelford of Lewes[7]
  • 2010–2011: Deborah Clare Melanie Bedford of Ringmer, Lewes[8]
  • 2011–2012: Mrs Kathleen Ann Gore DL of Framfield, Uckfield[9]
  • 2012-2013: David Allam DL [10]
  • 2013-2014: Graham Peters DL of Bodiam [10]
  • 2014–2015: Christopher J M Gebbie OBE DL of Norlington Lane, Ringmer[10]
  • 2015-2016: Juliet Anne Smith of Brighton Marina, Brighton [11]
  • 2016–2017: Michael Foster of Lacuna Place, Havelock Road, Hastings[12]
  • 2017-2018: Mrs Maureen Chowen of Brighton [13]
  • 2018–2019: Major General John David Moore-Bick of Robertsbridge [14]

References

  • High sheriffs of East Sussex
  1. ^ "No. 48134". The London Gazette. 21 March 1980. p. 4412.
  2. ^ "No. 48919". The London Gazette. 10 Mar 1982. p. 3495.
  3. ^ "No. 49294". The London Gazette. 18 March 1983. p. 3829.
  4. ^ "No. 57921". The London Gazette. 9 March 2006. p. 3375.
  5. ^ "No. 58266". The London Gazette. 7 March 2007. p. 3313.
  6. ^ "No. 58639". The London Gazette. 13 March 2008. pp. 3947–3948.
  7. ^ "No. 59011". The London Gazette. 19 March 2009. p. 4924.
  8. ^ "No. 59364". The London Gazette. 18 March 2010. pp. 4707–4708.
  9. ^ "No. 59729". The London Gazette. 17 March 2011. p. 4995.
  10. ^ a b c "East Sussex 2014/2015". High Sheriffs Association. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  11. ^ "East Sussex 2015/2016". High Sheriffs Association. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  12. ^ "East Sussex 2016/2017". High Sheriffs Association. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  13. ^ "East Sussex 2017/2018". High Sheriffs Association. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  14. ^ "No. 62229". The London Gazette. 15 March 2018. pp. 4814–4814.
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