Although Ipswich was granted its first Charter in 1200, the Corporation (or assembly as it was called) prior to 1835 consisted at different times of:
The office of the Head of the Corporation is as old as the Borough itself. In Ipswich the office was shared between two bailiffs. In 1835 these were Henry Gallant Bristo and John Chevallier Cobbold.
The Municipal Reform Commissioners carried out various inquiries covering Boroughs in England. This survey lasted two or three years and culminated in the passing of the Municipal Corporations Act in 1835.
The old corporation (or Assembly) was replaced in 1835 by a Mayor, High Steward, Recorder, ten Aldermen and thirty Councillors, with the usual officers.
The first Mayor of Ipswich was elected on the 31st December 1835 and he took up office on the 1st January 1836.
He was Benjamin Brame (born 1772 died 1851 aged 79). He was a solicitor of Lower Brook Street in St. Peter's Parish and was a Whig. He was also one of the ten Aldermen, nominated for Mayor by F.F. Seekamp and seconded by W. May and unanimously elected. He was a Freeman enrolled on the 8th September 1794.
To date there have been 21 female Mayors (only called lady when the male version is a Lord Mayor). The first in 1946 was Mrs M. Whitmore and the most recent is current Mayor Lynne Mortimer: