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Chichester City Council has a long history with the first known Mayor of Chichester being Emery de Rouen in 1239. Other than a series of Charters there are no records of its early years, although it is known to have met in a wooden building in the middle of North Street near the present day Market House (known popularly as the Butter Market).

In 1685 a new Charter was granted by James II and Minute Books exist from that date. At that time the Council was a ‘closed’ Corporation with two new members being nominated each year by the Mayor. In 1836 an elected Council was established with a third of the Council being elected each year.

In 1974 with local government re-organisation the Council lost many of its powers but under the terms of a new Charter retained the Mayoralty and title of Chichester City Council.

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