THE HEDON SILVER is one of the town’s most widely known, but also best kept secrets! Many residents may have seen the small but remarkable collection before, but only at special displays and by invite only. However, the Mayor Jim Lindop and his Mayoress Sue Lindop have arranged for a public exhibition of some of the silver.
“In conjunction with persons attending the Pop-in in Alexandra Hall next Wednesday 20th February 2013, from 9:30am to 11:30am there will be a display of the Hedon Silver in the council chamber on the first floor of the Town Hall, entrance via the Alexandra Hall.
All are welcome, entrance is free, however donations are welcome towards the Mayor’s charities; Macmillan Cancer Care and Bowel Cancer UK.”
Jim and Sue Lindop Mayor and Mayoress of Hedon
We republish this article from 2010 which tells us a little bit about the Hedon Silver – but used a more recent picture of the Hedon Mace and Dave Young:
HEDON TOWN COUNCIL have an impressive collection of civic silver including what is believed to be the oldest civic mace in the country dating back to 1415.
The silver collection has been built up over the centuries and harks back to when Hedon was perhaps more prosperous than Hull. Many pieces were gifted by its MPs (Members of Parliament) during the period of history which earned the town the label of a “rotten borough”. So called due to the unsavoury practice of the town’s MPs bribing people to vote for them. When the parliamentary system was reformed in 1832 the practice was stamped out – and in the process the town lost its right to elect MPs.
The town silver contains an impressive collection of maces, cups, spoons, salt cellars and bowls. The Town Mayor holds occasional civic “silver shows” throughout the year. Anyone who is interested in seeing the Town Silver should contact the Town Clerk who will put their name on the waiting list.
Pictured is the Hedon Great Mace, an ornamental copy of older Maces, carried before the Mayor by the town’s Sergeant at Mace Dave Young to signify that he his acting with the authority of the Queen.