Mary Blaker

Mrs. Blaker, the first female Town Crier in England

Mary Ann was born in Lyne and lived in the district all her life. She married Mr. Albert Blaker, and took over his job as Chertsey Town Crier in 1914, when he was called up for service in the First World War.

Mary Ann Blaker was a familiar figure in Chertsey, particularly at public events when she was often seen at the head of processions, wearing her Georgian style uniform. Part of her duty as Town Crier was to collect the fees from Chertsey Market for the Feofees (Trustees). Mary Ann was also required to call `Order’ for the announcement of the poll at parliamentary elections, and was amongst the first to congratulate the winning candidate.

Mrs. Blaker was renowned as the first female Town Crier in England, and she held the office for 26 years, until her death.