Read on www.highsheriffofsurrey.com a new History section with stories of past High Sheriffs of Surrey. I reckon I am the 796th named High Sheriff since one Ansculf de Picquigny in the reign of William I 1066-1087. Some had fame and fortune especially High Sheriff brewers from Southwark (then in Surrey) or Albert Sandeman (1872) who became High Sheriff when only 39 and went on to be the Governor of the Bank of England.
The year 1471 was not good for High Sheriffs of Surrey. John Lewknor (HS 1450) was slain on 4th May 1471 at the Battle of Tewkesbury and Thomas Tresham (HS 1458) who had been Speaker of the House of Commons was captured at the Battle and beheaded two days later. Read more .