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Mayoral history

In 1207 King John granted a charter which permitted Cambridge to appoint a reeve, or mayor.

The first recorded mayor was a Hervey Fitzeustace who served in the year 1213. The home of Mr Fitzeustace stands to the present day and is now known as the School of Pythagoras in the grounds of St John's College. The stone construction of the building not only explains its survival, but also indicates considerable prosperity on the part of Mr Fitzeustace.


In 1921, J Milner Grey of King’s College published a book, Biographical Notes on the Mayors of Cambridge, containing information about Cambridge’ mayors from 1213 to the passing of the Municipal Corporations Act 1835.

We have researched and published the biographies of mayors who have served from 1835 through to the present day:


To celebrate the 800th anniversary of our mayoralty in 2007 an exhibition calledCambridge mayors: 800 yearstoured local museums and libraries to share information about our rich history.