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First Reading

Paul Chapin  •  Link

City Remembrancer

The Remembrancer is one of the City’s Chief Officers and the role dates back to 1571. His traditional role is as the channel of communications between the Lord Mayor and the City of London on the one hand and the Sovereign, Royal Household and Parliament on the other. The Remembrancer is also the City’s Ceremonial Officer and Chief of Protocol.

The Remembrancer’s department at the City of London is broken into three distinct branches of work - parliamentary, ceremonial and private events. The parliamentary office is responsible for looking after the City of London’s interests in Parliament with regard to all public legislation, while the ceremonial office’s objectives are to enable the Lord Mayor and City of London to welcome high profile visitors both domestically and internationally. Functions staged range from small receptions to major state dinners. Finally, the private events team co-ordinate the hiring of the Guildhall for private banquets, receptions or conferences.

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Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The King's (or Queen's) Remembrancer is a position which goes back 500 years before the City's Remembrancer. S/he has duties which continue to this day, as outlined in this article.

What concerned Pepys is that he (as I'm sure it was in Charles II's day) is responsible for the Trial of the Pyx which dates to 1249. Until the 19th century this duty was undertaken at the Court of Exchequer (with the chequered table cloth) but is now held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London, where they ensured the value of the coins being made at the Mint.

And as of 1668 the King's Remembrancer also became responsible for overseeing the planting of trees in the Forest of Dean. This was to ensure an adequate supply of oak for the Navy, the ‘wooden walls of Old England’!


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