Mayors of Huddersfield and Kirklees

The following is based on the list of former mayors on the Kirklees Council web site.

Mayors of Huddersfield

From To Name of Mayor Born Died
1868 1871 Charles Henry Jones, J.P. c.1800 28 Aug 1884
1871 1873 Wright Mellor, J.P. 29 Mar 1817 17 May 1893
1873 1874 Henry Brooke, J.P. 6 Feb 1825 10 Nov 1883
1874 1875 David Sykes, J.P. c.1821 8 Nov 1889
1875 1876 John Fligg Brigg, J.P. 1823 22 Sep 1899
1876 1878 Joseph Woodhead, J.P. 1824 21 May 1913
1878 1880 Alfred Walker, J.P. 1838 8 Dec 1909
1880 1881 Thomas Denham, J.P. 24 Apr 1818 28 Oct 1892
1881 1883 John Fligg Brigg, J.P. 1823 22 Sep 1899
1883 1884 Wright Mellor, DL, J.P. 29 Mar 1817 17 May 1893
1884 1886 John Varley, J.P. 1836 30 Aug 1890
1886 1887 Wright Mellor, DL, J.P. 29 Mar 1817 17 May 1893
1887 1889 Joseph Brooke, J.P. 1830 2 May 1921
1889 1891 Godfrey Sykes, J.P. 1817 13 Feb 1896
1891 1893 Reuben Hirst, J.P. 1829 9 May 1910
1893 1895 John Joshua Brook, J.P. 1839 20 Dec 1896
1895 1897 John Lee Walker, J.P. 1839 20 Jan 1905
1897 1899 William Henry Jessop, J.P. 11 Jan 1841 26 Aug 1921
1899 1900 George William Hellawell, J.P. 1844 23 Jul 1920
1900 1901 Robert Mac Shaw, J.P. 30 Jan 1838 21 Apr 1909
1901 1902 Ernest Woodhead, M.A., J.P. 10 Feb 1857 10 Jun 1944
1902 1903 Frederick Calvert 1845 9 Feb 1904
1903 1904 Richard Henry Inman, J.P. 1849 12 Oct 1933
1904 1906 Benjamin Broadbent C.B.E., M.A., J.P., LL.D. 7 May 1850 25 Jun 1925
1906 1908 Owen Balmforth, J.P. 1855 30 Jan 1922
1908 1910 John Holroyd, J.P. c.1845 11 Nov 1911
1910 1912 George Thomson, J.P. c.1843 6 Oct 1921
1912 1916 Joseph Blamires, J.P. 1861 6 Nov 1918
1916 1918 William Henry Jessop, J.P. 11 Jan 1841 26 Aug 1921
1918 1919 Carmi Smith, J.P. 3 Apr 1847 4 Jun 1923
1919 1921 James Albert Woolven, J.P. 21 Dec 1852 14 Mar 1941
1921 1923 Wilfrid Dawson, J.P. 1871 11 Aug 1936
1923 1924 Joseph Berry, J.P. 20 Nov 1862 4 Jul 1944
1924 1926 Law Taylor, J.P. 1870 16 Dec 1934
1926 1928 Rowland Mitchell, J.P. 10 Oct 1871 5 Nov 1944
1928 1931 Thomas Canby, J.P. 31 May 1869 16 May 1947
1931 1933 Thomas Shires, J.P. 2 Sep 1868 24 Aug 1940
1933 1935 Albert Hirst, J.P. 6 Aug 1865 21 Oct 1941
1935 1937 Joseph Barlow, J.P. 9 Apr 1880 27 Jan 1956
1937 1938 Alfred Willis[1] 5 Dec 1865 1 Jan 1942
1938 1939 Fred Lawton 31 Aug 1864 14 Mar 1940
1939 1940 Norman Crossley 4 Sep 1890 19 Mar 1967
1940 1941 Arthur Edwin Sellers 10 Sep 1880 10 Jan 1954
1941 1942 Arthur Gardiner, J.P. 15 Jul 1889 1971
1942 1943 Walter Halstead[2] 28 Apr 1875 30 Mar 1943
1943 1943 John Ernest Lunn[3] 22 Feb 1872 5 Aug 1964
1943 1944 Arthur Samuel Moulton M.B.E., J.P. 11 May 1870 25 May 1948
1944 1945 Sidney Kaye O.B.E., LL.B 21 May 1891 11 Jan 1965
1945 1946 Mary Elaine Sykes, BA, LL.B 1896 25 Feb 1981
1946 1947 Dr. Thomas Smailes 24 Aug 1887 28 Dec 1955
1947 1949 Oliver Smith, J.P.[4] 20 Mar 1879 14 Feb 1951
1949 1950 David James Cartwright O.B.E. 17 Apr 1896 27 Nov 1952
1950 1951 John Llewellyn Dawson, B.A. LL.B. 6 Feb 1898 31 May 1979
1951 1952 George Bishop Jones, M.B.E., J.P. 22 Jun 1889 17 Dec 1975
1952 1953 James Frederick Collard Cole 13 Apr 1902 9 Aug 1982
1953 1954 Wilfrid Mallinson 1884 11 Feb 1956
1954 1955 John Armitage, J.P.[5] 19 Jul 1885 1972
1955 1956 John Thomas Gee, M.B.E. 22 Aug 1889 21 Nov 1981
1956 1957 Harry Andrew Bennie Gray, C.B.E., J.P. 28 Apr 1880 12 Jul 1971
1957 1958 Reginald Wood
1958 1959 Richard Harry Browne, J.P. 1891 22 May 1966
1959 1960 Joseph Louis Brook 18 Jul 1880 26 Mar 1960
1960 1961 Norman Day
1961 1962 Harry France Brook 1892 26 Dec 1965
1962 1963 John Arthur Bray 14 Oct 1899 4 Aug 1966
1963 1964 Marie Louise Middlebrook-Haigh, M.B.E. 2 Jan 1890 17 Dec 1978
1964 1965 Mary Christabel Gee(née Carnley) 17 Apr 1899 1967
1965 1966 Reginald Hartley, M.B.E., J.P. 21 Apr 1904 27 Jun 1988
1966 1967 Douglas Graham, C.B.E. 18 Dec 1902  ?
1967 1968 John Sykes, O.B.E.
1968 1969 Thomas Painter Cliffe, LL.B 19 Aug 1922 1999
1969 1970 Arthur James Hazelden, J.P. 7 May 1907 1975
1970 1971 Kenneth Brooke[6] 1 Jul 1914 30 Aug 1974
1971 1972 Elsie May Whitteron 1 Oct 1896 1978
1972 1973 William Eric Whittaker, J.P. 10 Oct 1908 1991
1973 1974 John Mernagh, J.P. 13 May 1925 2002

Mayors of Kirklees

From To Name of Mayor Born Died
1974 1975 Reginald Hartley, M.B.E., J.P.
1975 1976 William Gregory
1976 1977 Andrew Alastair Mason 12 Aug 1914 20 Jun 1983
1977 1978 Jack Brooke
1978 1979 Charles Cyril Kenchington, M.B.E., Major (retired) 11 Apr 1912 1998
1979 1980 Donald White
1980 1981 Marjorie Fisher 4 Aug 1923 1991
1981 1982 Fred Pickles, J.P.
1982 1983 Jack Wood
1983 1984 Alfred Ramsden
1984 1985 Stanley Dawson
1985 1986 Colin C. Walker, J.P.
1986 1987 Mary Walsh
1987 1988 George Speight, J.P.
1988 1989 John Greaves Holt
1989 1990 Colin Watson
1990 1991 Thomas Patrick O'Donovan, B.A. (Hons)
1991 1992 Jack Brooke
1992 1993 David A. Wright, O.B.E., J.P.
1993 1994 John Mernagh, J.P. 13 May 1925 2002
1994 1995 Harold Sheldon
1995 1996 Kenneth Douglas Sims
1996 1997 Allison Harrison
1997 1998 Rita Briggs
1998 1999 Michael Bower
1999 2000 Harry Fox
2000 2001 Ann Elspeth Denham, B.Sc.
2001 2002 Mohan Singh Sokhal, J.P.
2002 2003 Margaret R. Bates, D.L.
2003 2004 Barbara Allonby, B.A.
2004 2005 Mary Harkin
2005 2006 Margaret Fearnley
2006 2007 Donald M. Firth
2007 2008 Jean Calvert
2008 2009 Karam Hussain
2009 2010 Julie Stewart-Turner
2010 2011 Andrew Lawrence Palfreeman
2011 2012 Eric Archer Firth
2012 2013 John Anthony David Ridgway, J.P.
2013 2014 Martyn Bolt
2014 2015 Kenneth Arthur Smith
2015 2016 Paul Kane
2016 2017 Jim Dodds, B.E.M.
2017 2018 Christine Iredale


Notes and References

  1. His wife Ellen had died shortly before he took office and instead his daughter Florence Aubrey Willis (1890-1967) acted as the Mayoress.
  2. Mayor from November 1942 to March 1943.
  3. Mayor from May 1943 to November 1943.
  4. Mayor from November 1947 to May 1949.
  5. A retired engine driver, Alderman John Armitage had also "acted as a commissionaire at the main entrance of the Leeds Road group of Huddersfield AFC" but announced that he would have to give that job up whilst he was mayor. Yorkshire Post (26/May/1954).
  6. Born 11 July 1914. A director of builders J.B. Brooke & Sons. Was living at 228 Somerset Road with his wife Mabel (1913-2005) at the time of the 1939 Register. Died 30 August 1974 at Lytham St. Annes. "A Former Mayoress of Huddersfield has Died" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (09/Aug/2005).

Mayors of Huddersfield and Kirklees

This page was last modified on 16 May 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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