The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire was an ancient Sheriff title originating in the time of the Angles, not long after the invasion of the Kingdom of England, which was in existence for around a thousand years. On 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, the title of Sheriff of Hertfordshire was retitled High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.[1] The High Shrievalties are the oldest secular titles under the Crown in England and Wales, their purpose being to represent the monarch at a local level, historically in the shires.

The office was a powerful position in earlier times, as sheriffs were responsible for the maintenance of law and order and various other roles. It was only in 1908 under Edward VII of the United Kingdom that the Lord Lieutenant became more senior than the High Sheriff. Since then the position of High Sheriff has become more ceremonial, with many of its previous responsibilities transferred to High Court judges, magistrates, coroners, local authorities and the police.

Below is a list of Sheriffs and High Sheriffs of Hertfordshire.

List of Sheriffs of Hertfordshire

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2008)

Prior to 1567 the Sheriff of Essex was also the sheriff of Hertfordshire.

James I

Charles I

Commonwealth

Charles II

William and Mary

William III

Anne

George I

George II

George III

George IV

William IV

Victoria

Edward VII

George V

George V and Edward VIII

Edward VIII and George VI

George VI

Elizabeth II

Arms

Coat of arms of High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
Notes
Granted 20 August 1963 [102]
Escutcheon
Azure a castle triple towered Or on a chief Argent a hart lodged Proper.

List of High Sheriffs of Hertfordshire

Elizabeth II (continued)

Website

high sheriff of hertfordshire

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