A Family in Politics


During the research of my family, I have come across what appears to be a family trait. Local politics seem to run in our blood.


John Taylor

Mayor of Louth 1897 – 1898



Maud Swift Mayor of Peterborough 1959 – 1960

(John Taylor’s gggranddaughter)

Awarded Freedom of the City in 1978


Charles Swift

Mayor of Peterborough


(Maud Swift’s son)

Awarded the OBE and Freedom of the City in1884

Deputy Mayor of Peterborough

1959-1960, 2004-2005


 Alice Cockcroft

 Mayor of Dewsbury


 (John Taylor’s greatgreatgrandaughter          

 Maud’s sister)



Audrey Chalmers

 Mayor of Peterborough  1980-1981

 (Maud Swift’s daughter)

 Deputy Mayor of Peterborough 1975-1976

 Deputy Mayor of Peterborough 1987-1988

 Mayoress of Peterborough 1988-1989

 Deputy Mayoress of Peterborough 1996-1997


     Other family members have been either, Consorts, Mayoress or Deputy Mayoress. A housing complex and a Street have been named in honour of two members. One has been the recipient of The Royal Maundy.

     At present there are no noticeable plans for the next generation to follow in the political footsteps, but who knows what the future may hold.


Marion Morpeth


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