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Reception of the Sheriffs of the City Of London 25th May 2017

As guests of the two Sheriffs of the City of London we were pleased to attend an historic gathering of 40 High Sheriffs in the Grand Hall at the Old Bailey.

Unlike High Sheriffs, who are appointed by the Sovereign, the Sheriffs of London are elected annually for the City of London by the Liverymen of the City Livery Companies.

In 1130 London gained a degree of self-government by a charter granted by Henry I, including the right to choose its own sheriff, a right which was affirmed in an 1141 charter by King Stephen. By Henry’s charter the Sheriffs of London also gained jurisdiction over the neighboring county of Middlesex, paying £300 per annum to the Crown for the privilege and ever since the City elects two Sheriffs. It is an invariable custom that the Lord Mayor of London must previously have served as a Sheriff.