Ipswich's Honorary Recorder

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The role of Honorary Recorder is a purely civic and ceremonial one which carries no formal duties or powers. It is however an important link between the council, the people and the courts.

Historically, the Recorder of a town or city was a legal representative charged with the duties of dispensing justice at the Court. The Recorder was also one of the key holders for the Town's Chest, where the important Town documents were stored.

The responsibilities of the post include providing independent legal advice to the Mayor and Chief Executive if and when required, assisting the Mayor or Chief Executive in any other activity relevant to the district, provided it is politically non-controversial, and acting as one of the Mayor's escorts at ceremonial civic events.

Honorary Recorders of Ipswich 1803 to the present day


1803-1819: Robert Alderson
1819-1831: Vacant
1831-1842: Charles Frederick Williams KC
1842-1848: William Thomas Shave Daniel
1848-1861: David Power
1861-1866: James Redford Buliver
1866-1877: W J Metcalfe
1877-1906: Thomas Calthorpe Blofeld
1906-1915: The Hon Sir Frederick Low KC
1915-1936: Heber Leonidis Hart KC
1937-1947: Grafton Deen Pyror
1947-1958: The Hon Sir Stephen Gerald Howard QC, MP
1958-1968: The Hon Sir Sebag Shaw QC
1968-1971: William McLaren Howard QC 

Honorary Recorders

1971-1975: William McLaren Howard QC
1975-1999: His Hon Judge Bertrand Richards
2000-2018: His Hon Judge John Devaux
2019-current: His Hon Judge Martyn Levett

Contact Details

Civic Secretary,
Ipswich Borough Council,
2W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432641