9th Dec, 2016

New High Steward of Stratford-upon-Avon appointed

Stratford Editorial 1st Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A NEW High Steward of Stratford-upon-Avon has been officially welcomed to the role.

Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford, becomes the 24th holder of the position which originates from the Royal Charter of James 1 and was originally a judicial office with considerable local powers – but by the end of the 17th century it had declined to a largely ceremonial role.

Royal Charters of the 17th century stipulated the High Steward should hold the rank of Baron or at least a knight and also reserved to the Crown the veto on the nomination – so when a new High Steward is being sought by Stratford Town Council, the nomination must receive the specific consent of the Queen.

And Her Majesty happily agreed to the Marquess taking over the role – held from 1976 by Sir William Dugdale up to his death in 2014 – and the Approbation Warrant, signed by the Queen, was recently presented to Lord Hertford by Stratford Mayor Tessa Bates.