Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP gains rare honour of High Steward of Winchester

Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP was appointed as High Steward of Winchester at the recent Annual Mayor Making Ceremony in the city, an honour that has not been given for 35 years.

The role was previously held by Lord Porchester (later Lord Carnavon) who was appointed in 1977 and remained in office until his death in 2001.Since that time the post has been vacant.

The Office was created in 1582 and was recorded in city ordinance book as being created ‘for the direction, defence and maintenance of the citye and the rights libertys and privileges of the same’, but others have suggested the role originated more so that the city would have an influential friend at court who could be trusted to further the city’s interests.