HM Land Registry has been remembering former Chief Land Registrar John Pryer who has died at the age of 84.
Mr Pryer’s term of office from 1983 to 1990 saw the extension of compulsory registration to the whole of England and Wales and the opening of the Land Register to the public.
He also oversaw the computerisation of the Land Register and the winning of Executive Agency status for Land Registry.
His successor John Manthorpe said: “HM Land Registry was very fortunate to have had such a wise and resilient Chief through some very challenging years.”
Mr Pryer’s HM Land Registry career began in 1959 as a legal assistant at our Lytham Office after studying law at evening classes and being called to the bar at Grays Inn in 1957.
He was promoted to Assistant Land Registrar and in 1967 transferred to Durham Office, where he was District Land Registrar from 1976 to 1981.
Promotion to Deputy Chief Land Registrar in 1981 was quickly followed, on 1 February 1983, by his appointment as Chief.
His achievements at HM Land Registry were recognised by the award of the CB in 1986, when he was also appointed as an Honorary Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
During his retirement he was joint author of registered conveyancing textbook Ruoff & Roper and Assistant Secretary to the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.