High Steward of Colchester

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The High Steward of Colchester is a ceremonial office awarded by Colchester Borough Council, Essex, England.

The stewardship was established by royal charter of Charles I dated 9 July 1635.[1] The charter, naming all the officials and councillors of the Council, stipulated that:

"henceforth for ever there may be and shall be in the borough a High Steward to advise and direct the Mayor and Commonality in the chief business touching that borough which High Steward shall continue in the office of High Steward during his natural life."

The 1835 Municipal Corporation Act abolished most High Stewards and only allowed Colchester’s petition to retain a High Steward on condition that the wording of the Charter "...advise and direct..." be reduced to merely "...advise..."

The office was held by Professor Ivor Crewe until his resignation in July 2009 and remained vacant from 2009 to 2015.[1]

Following his defeat at the 2015 UK General Election, former Colchester MP, Sir Bob Russell, was appointed to the position, which he currently holds. He held the seat for the Liberal Democrats for 18 years, from 1997 to 2015.[2]

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  2. ^ a b "Colchester Borough Council, Governance Committee: Report on Appointment of High Steward of Colchester". colchester.cmis.uk.com. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
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  6. ^ "The High Stewardship of Colchester". Bury & Norwich Post. 15 November 1870. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Obituary". The Times. 10 March 1883. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Lord Cowper and the House of Lords". The Essex Standard, West Suffolk Gazette, and Eastern Counties' Advertiser. 23 August 1884. p. 7.
  9. ^ a b "New High Steward Of Colchester. Annie Lady Cowdray Elected". The Times. 2 June 1927. p. 13.
  10. ^ "News in Brief". The Times. 27 January 1933. p. 9.
  11. ^ "Obituary: Sir Percy Saunders". The Times. 24 February 1962. p. 10.