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I have a medal in my possion which has the following names inscribed on it

John Brown Mayor

Henrry Harrison Master Cutler

W Butcher  Town Collector

Question is what was a Town Collector?

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Town Collector is something to do with tax.  

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The medal evidently dates from 1862, when John Brown (later Sir John Brown, 1816-1896) was Mayor, Henry Harrison (1825-1893) was Master Cutler and William Butcher (1792-1870) was Town Collector. The Town Collector (whose original function was collecting rents) was, and in fact still is, the Chairman of the Sheffield Town Trust, a very old charitable organisation. Here is a link to its website: https://www.sheffieldtowntrust.org/  See also Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield_Town_Trust

Edited by hillsbro

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