Court of Aldermen

The Court of Aldermen forms part of the senior governance of the City of London Corporation. It comprises twenty five aldermen of the City of London, presided over by the Lord Mayor (becoming senior aldermen during his year of office). The Court was originally responsible for the entire administration of the City, but most of its responsibilities were subsumed by the Court of Common Council in the fourteenth century. The Court of Aldermen meets nine times a year in the Aldermen's Court Room at Guildhall.[1] Some of the remaining duties of the Court include approving people for Freedom of the City and approving the formation of new livery companies,[2] appointing the Recorder of London and acting as the Verderers of Epping Forest.

City Court of Aldermen
Aldermen (robed in scarlet) at Guildhall
Term limits
FoundedTime immemorial
Preceded byCourt of Hustings
William Russell
since 2019
Seats25 aldermen
25 / 25
Meeting place
Guildhall of London

Term of office

Aldermen submit themselves for re-election every six years and customarily retire at the age of 70, although there is no compulsion by law to do so.[3][4]

List of current Aldermen

Ward Alderman Notes
Aldersgate Nicholas Anstee Sheriff 2003/04; Lord Mayor 2009/10
Aldgate Susan Langley OBE
Bassishaw Timothy Hailes Sheriff 2017/18
Billingsgate Bronek Masojada
Bishopsgate The Baroness Scotland of Asthal PC QC
Bread Street William Russell Sheriff 2016/17; Lord Mayor 2019/20
Bridge and Bridge Without Sir Alan Yarrow Sheriff 2011/12; Lord Mayor 2014/15
Broad Street Michael Mainelli Sheriff 2019/20
Candlewick Emma Edhem
Castle Baynard Ian Luder CBE Sheriff 2007/08; Lord Mayor 2008/09
Cheap Robert Hughes-Penney
Coleman Street Peter Estlin Sheriff 2016/17; Lord Mayor 2018/19
Cordwainer Sir Roger Gifford Sheriff 2008/09; Lord Mayor 2012/13
Cornhill Robert Howard
Cripplegate David Graves
Dowgate Alison Gowman Sheriff 2020/21
Farringdon Within Vincent Keaveny Sheriff 2018/19; Lord Mayor 2020/21
Farringdon Without Gregory Jones QC
Langbourn Sir David Wootton Sheriff 2009/10; Lord Mayor 2011/12
Lime Street Sir Charles Bowman Sheriff 2015/16; Lord Mayor 2017/18
Portsoken Prem Goyal OBE
Queenhithe Alastair King
Tower Nicholas Lyons Sheriff 2020/21
Vintry Sir Andrew Parmley Sheriff 2014/15; Lord Mayor 2016/17
Walbrook John Garbutt

See also


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