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 Becket, 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: