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High Sheriff of Oxfordshire

The current High Sheriff of Oxfordshire is Sarah Taylor

Photo of Sarah Taylor

Sarah was born in Baghdad and brought up in France, the daughter of John Paskin Taylor and Ruth Taylor, MBE (née Dawson). She was educated at the Lycée Molière, Paris; Wycombe Abbey; Marlborough College and Wadham College, Oxford, where she read biochemistry.  In 1984 she married Bernard Taylor, DL; they have one son, Henry.

She spent 11 years working as a fund manager in the City of London, for Phillips and Drew and UBS. After becoming involved in the centenary celebrations of Thame Community Hospital in 1997, she became Chairman of its League of Friends, a position she holds to this day and which has contributed to her awareness of the plight of carers, her chosen theme for her year. She is also a Visitor of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum (OBGA), a Director of the Friends of OBGA, a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Victoria County History Trust and Vice Chairman of the Thames & Chilterns Branch of the Historic Houses Association.

In 2000, Bernard and Sarah acquired Rycote Park and spent 5 years restoring the house and park and establishing the farm’s herd of Aberdeen Angus and flock of Castlemilk Moorit sheep. Sarah‘s particular interests include gardening and music.

Contact the High Sheriff

Tel: 01844 214468

Rycote Park
Nr Thame

Email:  oxfordshirehighsheriff@outlook.com​

The office of High Sheriff

The office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in country outside the monarchy. Today, the former very extensive powers which the office enjoyed have gone and the role involves a mix of ceremonial, charitable and community functions. The role is voluntary, unfunded and non-political.

Duties include:

  • Participating in civic and community events and functions
  • Offering encouragement to those who are engaged in supporting the voluntary sector and those most in need
  • Pursuing themes and initiatives which bring communities together and benefit the social fabric of the county.
  • Ensuring the well-being of High Court Judges when in Oxfordshire

High Sheriff in nominationJane Cranston

Jane Cranston is High Sheriff in Nomination.   She has recently retired after 40 years in the Wine Trade, where she was a shareholder in and managing director of a wine importing company she helped to set up 40 years ago.    She is now a Trustee of Vale House Care Home and Chairman of Governors at the School of St Helen & St Katharine in Abingdon.   She has also until recently been a governor at both Abingdon School and The Manor Prep School.

Jane is unmarried and lives in Besselsleigh just to the South West of Oxford.

Jane Cranston will be sworn in as High Sheriff in April 2017.

Contact: oxfordshirehighsheriff@outlook.com

Shrieval Remembrancer

Oxfordshire does have a Shrieval Remembrancer however, who undertakes many of the Under His Honour Judge Julian HallSheriff's functions and is currently His Honour Judge Julian Hall.


Last reviewed
20 April 2016
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