History of the role
The office of High Sheriff has its roots in Saxon times. It is the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown. It was first written about at the time of King Canute – in the 1020s.
The word ‘sheriff’ comes from ‘shire reeve’. A reeve was the chief magistrate responsible for law enforcement for the shire, or county.
Read more about the role, duties and history on the High Sheriffs Association website.