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History of the Mayors Office

The words Mayor and Major derive from the Latin word Magnus meaning great. The office of Mayor together with the Domesday 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 5th century.

The Office of Mayor has lasted nearly as long as the Millennium.
The role of Mayor has changed throughout the centuries as illustrated below:

  • The Middle Ages
  • Tudor Times
  • The 17th Century
  • The 19th Century
  • The 21st Century