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Radley Clerk of the Green Cloth

The Clerk of the Green Cloth was originally a court official of the time of Elizabeth I whose duty was to arrange royal journeys. The office was held by George Stonhouse who, in 1569, acquired the rights to the Manor of Radley. In later times, the office fell into disuse.In 1988, David Beckett, organist and choirmaster of Radley Church, obtained Royal consent to revive the title as an honorary post. The holder, whose duties include fund raising activities for the benefit of church and village, is elected by the parishioners of Radley every two years.
Past and present holders of the office include:

The office was under threat as a result of (the previous) Government’s proposals to abolish the Order of the Green Cloth under its ‘modernisation’ plans.

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