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Rectors & Curates 1342-2010


A List of Clergymen who are known to have worked at the church as Rectors,
Curates, Parsons or Ministers.



List of Sources:
(MH) Kentish Village- Hastingleigh by Mary Harwood published 1952 by the Parochial Church Council
(AD) Archdeacon of Canterbury Cathedral returns for Hastingleigh (Canterbury Archives)
(PR) Parish records for the Parish of Hastingleigh 1813-1930 held in the church)
(igi) International Genealogical Index 
www .familysearch.org
(CCEd) The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 online website www.theclergydatabase.org.uk

The list of Rectors and Curates (with biographic detail further down the page):

1293-Sir Bartholomew-RC Church
1308-Thomas de Akham-RC Church
1310-Roger of Fotheringhey-RC Church
No date-William of Ottinge-RC Church
1375-Richard Parys-RC Church
1411-Robert Bokeland-RC Church
1456-William Goold-RC Church
1458-William Nightingale-RC Church
1480-William Attewood-RC Church
1490-John Gybbys-RC Church
1491-Thomas Hooker-RC Church
-1528-Sir Henry Crosseley-RC Church
1528-Christopher Harryson-RC Church

** Dissolution of the monasteries 1536-1541**

1529-1541-Rector Thomas Saunderson-C of E
1539-1550-Rector Anthony Holmes
1550-Curate Radulphus Prescote
1555-Curate John Clarke
1557-1564-Robert Carrier (or Coryor)
1564-1570-Rector John Armetridinge
1570-1586-Reverend William Wood
1579-1581-Curate William O'Kell
1582-Curate John Woolwich
1582-1584-William Hopper
1584-Parson William Wood
1587-1593-Curate Edward Parke

1595-1596-Curate John Hunt
1597-1602-Rector Henry Wayland
1601-1647-Rector John Taylor also Curate for Elmsted from 1634
1605-1607-Curate Thomas Johnson
1625-1627-Curate Henry Ney
1647-1686-Rector Henry Pibus
1686-1694-Rev. Thomas Camell
1694-1733-Rev. John Smythe
1698-1699-Curate Lawrence Wright
1707-1714-Curate Richard Forster
1716-1734-Curate William Sprakeling
1733-1734-Rector Robert Cumberland
1734-1779-John Conant
1774-1779-Curate Robert Stock
1779-1795-Nicholas Simons
1795-1833-Rector William Welfitt
1794-1795-Minister Thomas Randolf
1795-1801-Curate Matthew Malthus Coysgarne
1801-1802-Minister William Lancaster
1802-1805-Minister John Turner
1805-1810-William Wodsworth
1811-1811-Curate John Baker
1817-1823-Curate Henry Thomson
1823-1825-Curate Julius Deedes
1828-1834-Curate Archibald H Duthie
1833-1880-Rector Gostwyck Prideaux
1880-1896-Rector Anthony Collett
1896-1904-Rev. Francis Charles Timins

1880-1896-Rector Anthony Collett
1896-1904-Rev. Francis Charles Timins
1904-1917-Rev. Thomas Leonard Thorold Hill
1905-1916-Rev. Robert Granville Cooper
1917-1921-Rev. Charles William Beresford Cobb
1921-1930-Rev. Horace Hammond
1930-1932-Rev. Royston Whalley Cole
1932-1944-Rev. Reuben Coverdale
1944-1947-Rev. Arthur John Stevens
1947-1950-Rev. Raymond John Walter Hill
1950-1953-Rev. Gilbert Angus Finch
1953-1955-Rev. John Victor Strangeways
1955-1962-Rev. Albert Edward Prior
1962-1967-Rev. Gilbert Angus Finch (2nd term)
1967-1971-Rev. Peter Lionel Ford
1971-1973-Rev. Dudley F. Tizzard
1974-1977-Rev. Gilbert Angus Finch (3rd term)
1977-1978-Rev. WHJ Burt
1978-1984-Rev. Douglas Water
1984-1990-Rev. John Hewes
1986-1990-Rev. Arthur Leslie Soar
1990-1995-Rev. Richard Bateman
1995-1996-Rev. Paul Cox
1996-2001-Rev. Richard Bateman
2001-2009-Rev. John Richardson
2010 to present-Rev. Ravi Holy
2010 to present-Rev. Madi Strong

The Rector was paid a higher income than a Curate.
A Perpetual Curate was also known as a Parson till 1868 thereafter titled Vicar.
Many parishes collected about 10% of the harvest and produce as aTithe(similar to a tax) and these were collected in a Tithe Barn.
The tithe was collected from Wheat, Hay and Wood was called a Greater Tithe.
and 10% of all other produce was referred to as a Lesser Tithe.

Hastingleigh's tithe barn is next to the Old Rectory up on South Hill. It privately owned.
Hastingleigh's Rector was paid both the Greater and Lesser Tithes in the parish. While the Curate would only receive the Lesser Tithe

Hastingleigh also has a Glebe of 21 acres of land, which was farmed by tenants, with profits to the incumbant clergyman.
The living included accommodation at the Rectory, which was supplied to the Rector as part of the job, by the tenants at South Hill farm.

In the 19th century a new Rectory was built at Bodsham Hamlet, as the Rector/Vicar served both Elmsted & Hastingleigh Parishes, this was a much
more  convenient location to  access the two Parishes.
The new Vicarage was built first, with a £ 700 grant, then
the Old Rectory was sold to raise funds to cover the cost of the new building.

Biographic Information for the Clergy at Hastingleigh Church:

 

1293 Sir Bartholomew

Rector of Hastingleigh, is one of a number of named clergymen who failed to turn up for an inquest called by Canterbury Cathedral, resulting in an enquiry. The title 'Sir' is the equivalent of Reverend, and not a Chivalric title.
John Peckham was Archbishop of Canterbury at this time.

 

1308 Thomas de Alkham

(Alkham is located midway between Dover & Folkestone .)
Robert Winchelsey was Archbishop of Canterbury at this time.

 

1310 Rogerus de Ffoderyngheye
(Fotheringhey)

Patron: Richard de Rokesle, Militis (MH)

 

(no date)William de Otyng

(Ottinge is a hamlet just north of Folkestone)

 

1361 William atte Welle
(atte is 'of the')

Patron Michael de Ponynges, Knight (MH)
Simon Islip was Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

1375 Richard Parys

Patron King Edward III (MH),
Archbishop of Canterbury was Simon Sudbury, who on 14 Jun 1381 was freed from the Tower of London by the Peasants Revolt, from where he was dragged to Tower Hill and beheaded.

 

1411 Robert Bokeland

Patron: Robert Lord de Ponynges (MH)

 

1456 Will Goold

Patron: Robert Ponynges (MH)

1458 Will Nightingale

Patron: Henry Percy, Duke of Northumberland, Lord of the Honour of Cockermouth and ,
Lord of Ponynges(MH)

 

1480 Will Attewode
(atte wood /Attwood = of the wood)

Patron: Edward Ponynges (MH)

1490 John Gybbys

Patron: Edward Ponynges, Militis (MH)

 

1491 Thomas Hooker

Patron: Edward Ponynges, Militis (MH)

 

d.1528 Sir Henry Crosseley

His Will passed probate in 1528 and is in Canterbury Archives.
He was survived by his wife Lady Jane Crosseley.

 

1528 Christopher Harryson

Patron; Henry, Earl of Northumberland, Lord of the Honour of Cockermouth and Petworth,
Lord of Ponynges, Fitzpaine and Brian, and Warden of the East and Middlemarch of England against the parts of Scotland. (MH)

 

Dissolution of the Monasteries 1536-1541 under King Henry VIII  - Church of England begins...
1529 - 1541 Rector Thomas Saunderson
alias Sanderson and Anderson.

On 4 May 1541 he was appointed Rector to Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
(CCEd)His lay Patron was Henry, Earl of Northumberland, Lord of the Honour of Cockermouth and Petworth, Lord of Ponynges, Fitzpaine and Brian, and Warden of the East and Middlemarch of England against the parts of Scotland. (MH)
He was also Archdeacon of Canterbury.
A letter dated 4th April 1539 written by Rev. Thomas Sanderson to Doctor Bellisis asking for financial assistance to purchase 'one bible in English that may sufficiently excuse us the least price for we have but one that can read it, and but 16 householders and not 4 good ploughs of them all, and not able to pay 5 shillings amongst them all and my portion is so small, I am not able to pay more.'
he adds that in some years the benefice is little over £9 for the year. The fine for not having a bible was 40 shillings per month that any parish was without a bible.

1539-1550 Rector Anthony Holmes

On 12 Aug 1540 he was appointed Vicar of Wilmington under jurisdiction of Nicholas Rochester 1540-1544,
Lay Patrons: Richard Botyll, Henry Stokbruy and John Knottyng.
On 19 Sep 1541 he was appointed Rector of Hastingleigh under the jurisdiction of Thomas Cranmer 1533-1553, Archbishop of Canterbury.
His Lay patron was Armiger Robert White son and heir of William White Esq.

Note: An Armiger is someone entitled to bear heraldic arms as opposed to an Esquire, who carried someone else's arms.

Anthony Holmes was re-appointed in 15 Sep 1550 under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury, and again 12 Sep 1555 to Hastingleigh under the jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Canterbury. (CCEd)

 

1550 Curate Radulphus Prescote (Ralph)

On 10 Mar 1543 he was ordained at Chester Cathedral, Cheshire.
15 Sep 1550 he was appointed as Licensed Curate to Hastingleigh, under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
1555 Appointed as Rector of Canterbury St. Mildred under jurisdiction of the crown (Queen Mary & King Philip.) (CCEd)
There was no Archbishop of Canterbury at this time.

1555 Curate John Clarke

12 Sep 1555 appointed as Curate of Hastingleigh under the jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Canterbury (CCEd)

 

1557-1564 Robert Carrier or Coryor

On 18 June 1557 he was appointed as Rector of Hastingleigh, under jurisdiction of Reginald Pole. Archbishop of Canterbury.
5 May 1561 appointed Rector of Bircholt & Brabourne which were united during the life of Carrier. Under the jurisdiction of Matthew Parker Archbishop of Canterbury. Instituted by proxy in the person of Thos Honnywood Esq.
The lay patron was Armiger Thomas Scotte.
Robert Carrier resigned his ministry on 9 Jul 1565 under jurisdiction of Mathew Parker 1559-1575 (AD & CCEd) This might have been the result of the following letter written in 1561 complaining :

 'It is presented that their parson is not resident nor keepeth no hospitality.Also that he is parson of Brabourne and Bircholt. That they have had no sermon for ten years. Also that their parson doth not exhort his parishoners to beware of the threatenings of God.And also that Samson Hepps (later surname Epps) and his wife do not agree. "

 

1564-1570 Rector John Armetridinge

In 28 Jan 1560 he married Elizabeth Blackbourne at St George the Martyr, Canterbury. (igi)
On 27 May 1561 he was ordained 'deacon & priest same by dispensation' at Bishop's Palace, London under the jurisdiction of Edmund Grindal , Bishop of London (later to become Archbishop of Canterbury.)
23 Jan 1562 he was appointed Rector of Knolton, under the jurisdiction of Archbishop of Canterbury, Matthew Parker (1559-1575.) The lay patron was Nicholas Mundy a gentleman of Nonington. By virtue of grant of advowson by Thos Payton gentleman, to Nicholas Mundy on this occasion. (CCEd)
25 Jan 1562 Margaret Armitriding the daughter of John, was baptised at Nonington (igi)
9 Jan 1564 Debora Armitriding daughter of John was baptised at Nonington (igi)
10 Aug 1564 he was appointed Rector of Hastingleigh, under jurisdiction of Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker.(CCEd) and on 6 Feb 1565 he resigned as Rector of Knolton. (CCEd)
22 Aug 1566 Phillip Armetrydinge son of Rev. John, was baptised at Hastingleigh. (AD)
On 18 July 1570 he was appointed Perpetual Vicar of Waltham under the patronage of Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker and he resigned from Hastingleigh.
On 23 Nov 1570 he was appointed Perpetual Vicar of Petham. The lay Patron was Thomas Spillman gentleman.
17 Oct 1577 promoted to Vicar of Petham and Waltham, under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
27 Feb 1583 he resigned as Perpetual Vicar of Waltham, he remained at Petham .
29 Sep 1584 re-appointed to Vicar of Petham under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
He died 2nd Sep 1585 a natural death. (CCEd)

1570-1586 Rev. William Wood (AD)

On 31 May 1567 He was appointed Perpetual Vicar of Waltham, under the patronage of Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker.
3 Jun 1567 appointed Perpetual Vicar of Petham , his lay patron is Mr Spillman gentleman (minor in age and ward of Archbishop of Canterbury.)
18 Mar 1569 appointed Magister of Falconhurst (a Magister is licensed from a University as a Teacher)
1 Dec 1569 promoted to Vicar of Petham & of Waltham and Rector of Falconhurst
1570 He resigned Waltham & Petham
17 Jul 1570 took up post as Rector of Acrise
18 Jul 1570 took up Hastingleigh as Rector , his Patron was Queen Elizabeth (1st) (CCEd)
(there is a possible marriage in 1574 at Charing to Bennett Chylmont (igi) -needs checking)
10 Oct 1577 Rector of Falconhurst, Kent
30 Aug 1578 Samuel Wood son of William Wood was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
9 Mar 1579 Anne Wood daughter of William Wood was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
5 Oct 1584 re-appointed to Rector of Falconhurst under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
5 Oct 1584 appointed as Rector of Bonnington under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
He died a natural death, and was buried Hastingleigh on 15 Jan 1586 (AD)
On 22 Jan 1587 his natural death, as Rector of Hastingleigh(CCEd ID45263)is reported to Canterbury Cathedral.
Those dates do make sense. However there could also have been at least one other Reverend William Wood ministering at this time, in the Canterbury Diocese, as the following death notices are also recorded:
23 Jan 1587 William Wood :natural death as Six Preacher at Canterbury(CCEd ID 45263)
29 May 1587 William Wood :natural death as Rector of Bonnington (CCEd ID45263)
2 Feb 1590 CCEd records death of William Wood CCEd [ID 45261]
Note that this latter William Wood d.1590 has been given a different identity number from the William Wood at Hastingleigh on the CCEd data base.

1579 -1581 Curate William O'Kell (AD)

14 Oct 1581 he was appointed Curate at Ickham under the jurisdiction of Edmund Grindal, Archbishop of Canterbury. He was also licensed to teach as Schoolmaster at Ickham on the same date.
The Rector of Ickham at this time was Samuel Harlestone who ministered the parish for 48 years from 1558 till his death in 1616.
2 May 1584 he was appointed Curate at St. Mary Northgate, Canterbury under the jurisdiction of John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury
24 Sep 1584 appointed Curate of Harbledown under the jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Canterbury
10 Apr 1592 he was re-appointed Curate of St Mary Northgate, Canterbury.
The only record of his term at Hastingleigh is gleaned from the Bishop's Transcripts as he compiled the annual return of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials for the parish between 1579 and 1581. As the Reverend William Wood was the Rector at this time, William O'Kell would have been Curate at Hastingleigh.
I have as yet not found any further information on what became of him.

1582 Curate John Woolwich (AD)
(Possibly surname is Woodwich)

. no information at this time.

 

1582-1584 William Hopper

21 Jan 1582 appointed as Curate of Hastingleigh under the jurisdiction of Edmund Grindal Archbishop of Canterbury (1576-1583)(CCEd)

 

1587- 1593 Curate Edward Parke
(or Edward Parcke AD)

7 Aug 1587 he was appointed Curate of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury
3 Apr 1592 re-appointed Curate of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury
8 Sep 1594 appointed Perpetual Vicar of Lydden (jurisdiction John Whitgift)
5 Oct 1596 appointed Vicar of Lydden
2 Mar 1598 appointed Perpetual Vicar of River
2 Apr 1603 appointed Vicar of River
14 Sep 1607 re-appointed Vicar of River & Lydden under jurisdiction of Richard Bancroft Archbishop of Canterbury.
28 Apr 1612 & 29 Apr 1622 reappointed to Lydden & River respectively
23 Apr 1628 re-appointed to Lydden & River
16 Apr 1634 appointed Vicar to Lydden & River under jurisdiction of Willam Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury.
4 Sep 1637 natural death of Edward Parke on
7 Sept 1637 the Parishes of Lydden & River are merged.(CCEd)

 

1595-1596 Curate John Hunt

Oct 1596 appointed Curate of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
30 Mar 1599 appointed Curate of Herne, under jurisdiction of John Whitgift Archbishop of Canterbury, John Hunt was a licensed Teacher.
17Apr 1599 re-appointed Curate of Herne and Magister (teacher) ( CCEd)

 

1597-1602 Curate Thomas Mocket (AD)

For several years, he signed the Hastingleigh Archdeacon returns.
I cannot find any record of his location for the years between leaving Hastingleigh in 1602 and his next known posting.

11 Sep 1607 he was appointed Curate of Bilsington, under the jurisdiction of Richard Bancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury (1604-1610)
11 Apr 1608 he was re-appointed to Bilsington as Curate
24 Apr 1612 re-appointed under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury
24 Apr 1622 re-appointed under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury
3 Sep 1623 promoted to Curate of Bilsington under the jurisdiction of George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury.
22 Apr 1628 re-appointed Curate of Bilsington under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury (CCEd)

1587-1601 Rector Henry Wayland
(
does not appear to have had much to do with Parochial activities in Hastingleigh as much of the work was delegated to Curates during his incumbency.)

1566 - he went to Peterhouse College Cambridge (therefore was probably born in late 1540s); he then migrated to Trinity College Cambridge.
4 Jun 1580 he was ordained at Grimley Manor, Worcester by John Whitgift, Bishop of Worcester (later Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583 -1604)
31 Mar 1581 appointed Perpetual Vicar of Shudy Camps, Cambridgeshire under jurisdiction of Richard Cox, Bishop of Ely, his Patron was Trinity College Cambridge.
He resigned the same year.
22 Jan 1587 appointed to be Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of and Patron John Whitgift Archbishop of Canterbury
9 Nov 1588 appointed Rector of Eastbridge
1 Sep 1589 removed from being Rector of Eastbridge and appointed Rector of Ivychurch to 1614.
3 Apr 1592 Licensed as Magister (teacher) at Hastingleigh
26 Mar 1595 appointed Rector of Lyminge till 1611 under jurisdiction of John Whitgift.
his Lay patron was Armiger William Lovelace.
(Advowson granted by Edward Anger Armiger to William Anger gentleman who assigned it to William Lovelace.)
5 Oct 1596 he was re-appointed Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury.
7 Dec 1597 he resigned as a Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral
Prebendary of St Pauls in 1598
31 Mar 1599 re-appointed Rector of Lyminge
2 Apr 1599 re-appointed Rector & Magister of Ivychurch
27 Nov 1601 resigned as Rector of Hastingleigh
14 Oct 1605 re-appointed Rector of Ivychurch under jurisdiction of Richard Bancroft Archbishop of Canterbury
1606-1614 Prebendary of Rochester
6 Apr 1611 resigned as Rector of Lyminge (no Archbishop of Canterbury at this time)
5 Nov 1614 died as Rector of Ivychurch under jurisdiction of George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury
(CCEd) He is buried in Rochester Cathedral. His will passed probate on 4 August 1614.

1601-1647 Rev. John Taylor
Rector of Hastingleigh
also Curate of Elmsted from 1634

1593 he attended Trinity College Cambridge
5 Oct 1598 appointed Perpetual Vicar of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury under jurisdiction of John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, his Lay Patron was Armiger Richard Hardres of Hardres Magna (Upper Hardres).
27 Nov 1601 appointed Rector of Hastingleigh under John Whitgift's jurisdiction and Whitgift was his Episcopal Patron.
11 Jan 1602 resigned as Perpetual Vicar of St Mary's Breden.
2 Apr 1603 re-appointed to Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury (CCEd)
14 Sep 1607 re-appointed to Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archbishop of Canterbury Richard Bancroft
Son John Taylor born about 1607 at Hide in Kent (might be Hythe) (son John attended Kings School, Canterbury then Sydney College Cambridge when he was 15 yrs old in 1623.)
5 Feb 1608 Joane Taylor daughter of John Taylor was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
26 May 1611 Thomas Taylor son of John Taylor was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
28 Apr 1612 re-appointed Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction Archdeacon of Canterbury (CCEd)
21 May 1615 James Taylor son of John Taylor was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
29 Apr 1622 Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury
23 Apr 1628 Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Canterbury
23 Nov 1629 appointed Perpetual Vicar of Elmsted under jurisdiction and Episcopal Patron George Abbot Archbishop of Canterbury
19 May 1630 Deacon John Tailer of Elmsted & Hastingleigh testimonial written citing his new status as Deacon.
16 Apr 1634 appointed Curate of Elmsted under jurisdiction of William Laud Archbishop of Canterbury while also retained as Rector of Hastingleigh
2 Oct 1637 re-appointed Rector of Hastingleigh and Curate of Elmsted under William Laud (CCEd)
4 May 1642 re-appointed Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Archdeacon of Hastingleigh, while also serving Chislet, following a scandal there vis:


This article taken from The Parish of Chislet, Kent: its monuments, vicars and parish officers etc (page 90)
1633 Edward Barbet obtained this benefice June 28 1633, but his Vicariate was a troublous one, and he himself may be deemed a Martyr.
Upwards of thirty of the Parishioners petitioned the House of Commons against this Vicar in February 1640-1. They complained that 'having by riotous living consumed the greatest part of his estate, laye in prison by the space of halfe a yeere and more; and, having made composicion with his creditors, betooke himself to the ministry, and was presented by the Archbishop to the Vicaridge of Chislet. And, touching Divine Service, hee reads soe false, and with such ill gesture, and ridiculous behaviour, and soe careless in reading, that sometimes he reads the Ten Commandments twice over, at morning Prayer, besides many other slips, mistaking, and negligences.
And touching his preaching, hee is very unable and unfit, in respect hee never studied Divinity, as may appeare by his weake and unlearned sermons. And touching his life and Conversation, it is well knowne, that he is a common lyer, a notorious swearer, a foule speaker, uttering sometimes words as are not to be spoken by any modest man, nor to be heard by any Christian ears.
This certificate was endorsed by Sir Edward Dering 10 Feb 1640
[proceedings in kent by Rev. LB Larking 1862 p.176]


-also-
Edward Barbette of Chislette. He was not only sequestered, but also involved so much in other sufferings, by the Rebellion, that he was utterly ruined: For at his death he left his Wife so deeply in debt, that she was forced to sell her own lands to pay it; and was at last reduced to such a miserable, poor & deplorable condition, that she was necessitated to beg the Publick Charity of the Corporation before mentioned, and was supported by that means.
[Sufferings of Clergy by J Walker ii p202 Fol. Ed. 1714)


NB: Edward Barbet was re-appointed as Vicar of Chislett on 4 May 1642 under the jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Canterbury. It must be noted Mr Barbett had been at Chislet for some 7-8 years prior to the letter being submitted to the House of Commons. One must question why such a letter was addressed to Parliament, when the Archbishop of Canterbury held jurisdiction over Edward Barbett's appointment to Chislet. The Archbishop William Laud, was a staunch Royalist, and the 'Long Parliament' of 1640 had accused him of treason and imprisoned him in the Tower of London- where he remained until his trial in 1644. It is likely that Barbet, being a friend of the Archbishop and a likely Royalist himself, found himself at odds with the Parishioners and after 8 years service to the Parish, they deemed it necessary to ruin his reputation as they sided with the republicans.
John Taylor would have been sent to cover duties at Chislet in very difficult times.


5 May 1642 John Taylor was appointed Curate of Bilsington under the jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Canterbury.
25 Aug 1646 John Taylor wrote his will- leaving money to the village, and directing that he be buried in the chancel of Hastingleigh Church.
His will also benefitted his children Thomas, George, John, Mary, Joane Taylor & Marie Stokes and her son John Stokes.
Witnesses to the Will are Henry Stokes & Edward Browne.
There is no visible tomb stone for Rev. John Taylor, that survives to be identified.
It is possible no grave stone was carved, as his death coincided with the latter days of the 1st English civil war.

 

1605-1607 Curate Thomas Johnson
(during John Taylor's incumbency)

3 May 1597 licensed as Curate under jurisdiction of John Whitgift Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury.
17 April 1605 - 14 Sep 1607 appointed Curate of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Richard Bancroft Archbishop of Canterbury. (CCEd)
17 May 1617 appointed Rector of Bircholt under jurisdiction of George Abbot Archbishop of Canterbury, his Lay Patron was William Halke gentleman of Bircholt(CCEd) (and likely to be son of John Halke of South Hill Hastingleigh.)
14 Mar 1624 he died a natural death while serving as Rector of Bircholt. (CCEd)

 

1625-1627 Curate Henry Ney
(during John Taylor's incumbency)

1 Jul 1614 ordained under jurisdiction of John Bridges, Bishop of Oxford , already qualified with BA at Brasenose, Oxford (CCEd)
NB: There is a Henry Nye appointed Rector of Clapham from 1620-1628 which is consistent with Hastingleigh's Curate, but these may be 2 separate individuals though is an uncommon name.
(Henry Ney's name appears on 2 consecutive Archdeacon yearly returns for Hastingleigh)

 

1647-1686 Rector Henry Pibus

11 Nov 1647 appointed Rector of Hastingleigh under jurisdiction of Post-Episcopal Canterbury Province2, Crown Patron King Charles (CCEd)
(this was the same date that King Charles I escaped from Hampton Court Palace, having been held by the New Model Army, he fled to the Isle of Wight.)
Circa 1640's (probably 1648) Frances daughter of Henry Pibus was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
Circa 1640's (probably 1649) Henry son of Henry was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
19 Nov 1651 Alan Pibus son of Henry was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
11 Jun 1652 burial Martha Pibus daughter of Henry Pibus at Hastingleigh(AD)
25 Feb 1654 (unreadable name) Pibus, son of Henry was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
30 Nov 1656 Martha(ii) Pibus daughter of Henry Pibus was baptised at Hastingleigh (igi)
16 May 1658 Isabel Pibus daughter of Henry Pibus was baptised at Hastingleigh(AD)
11 Jun 1658 Martha (ii) Pibus daughter of Henry Pibus was buried Hastingleigh (AD)
22 Mar 1659 George Pibus son of Henry Pibus was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
30 Jan 1660 M ..??.. Pibus son of Henry Pibus was baptised at Hastingleigh (AD)
7 May 1697 Martha Pibus widow of Henry Pibus was buried at Hastingleigh (AD)
it is likely therefore that Henry Pibus was buried in the church, but no record can be found. As the next Rector took office in 1686 we can assume it was this year, or thereabouts.
The door jamb of the church holds a carving of notches which spell HPIBus, though undated, it probably refers to this Rector.

 

1686-1694 Rev. Thomas Camell

Allegedly on 25 Oct 1694 he married Susan Turner at Hastingleigh. (igi)
but marriage is not listed in Archdeacon records.
Patron: William Sancroft Archbishop of Canterbury(1678-1690)
1694 - He resigns as Rector of Hastingleigh.

1694-1733 Rev. John Smythe
of Hastingleigh & Chart Sutton

Baptised 5 March 1651 Eastry Kent, the son of John Smythe of Chart and Mary Bargrave daughter of the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.
He attended private school in Canterbury then St Johns College Cambridge from 1669 (aged 16)
Patron: John Tillotson Archbishop of Canterbury (1691-1694)
1694 appointed Vicar of Chart juxta Sutton Valence and Rector of Hastingleigh 1718-1732
1714 Vicar of Chart Sutton (new name for Chart juxta Sutton Valence.)
He died 7 Sept 1732 and his death is reported in both Parishes.
His will passed Probate in 1732.

 

1698-1699 Curate Lawrence Wright

(Thomas Tenison Archbishop of Canterbury 1695-1715)

 

1707-1714 Curate Richard Forster

(Thomas Tenison Archbishop of Canterbury 1695-1715)
Will of a Rev Richard Forster shows he was Clerk & Rector of West Shefford, Berkshire, his will proven in 1766

 

1716-1734 Curate William Sprakeling

Born 1691 son of Robert Sprakeling of Stodmarsh, Kent
17 May 1708 (aged 16) Matriculated Lincoln College Oxford Easter
1709 matriculated BA Cambridge Corpus Christie
1711/12 Ordained Deacon at Ely 12 Jun 1715 Ordained Deacon at Bishop's Palace, Holborn by William Fleetwood, Bishop of Ely
1714-1723 (William Sprakeling is described as Curate of Wye, Kent when ordained June 1715)
27 May 1716 Priest at Lincoln
1716-1736 Vicar of Elmsted , several of his children were buried at Elmsted Church during his time as Curate.
Died 1736 (CCEd)

 

1733-1734 Rector Robert Cumberland

Son of Robert Cumberland of Chilham Kent
9 Apr 1685 Matriculated All Souls College aged 15
1688 awarded a BA
Ordained Deacon 25 June 1690 Magdalen College Chapel Oxford by John Hough( Bishop of Oxford 1690-99)
1691 MA from Hart Hall Rector of Fordwich Kent 1693
29 Sep 1693 Ordained Priest at Bromley, Kent under Thomas Sprat Bishop of Rochester (1684-1713)
Vicar of Sturry 1696
Rector of St Mary Bredin & St Andrew in Canterbury 1710
Rector of Hastingleigh 1733-1734
Patron: William Wake Archbishop of Canterbury (1716-1737)

 

1734-1779 John Conant
of Hastingleigh and Elmsted

1733 Married Mary Wake (her father was 1st cousin of Archbishop of Canterbury William Wake )
13 Jul 1737 William Conant son of John Conant was born. / burial 27 Jul 1753
4 Aug 1739 Nathaniel Conant son of John was born & baptised /burial 10 Feb 1741
6 Mar 1742 Herbert Conant son of John was born & baptised / burial 2 Mar 1759
28 Apr 1745 Nathaneal Conant son of John was baptised (click for his obituary)

27 Mar 1748 Culpepper Conant son of John was baptised
11 Mar 1749 Elias Conant son of John was baptised
14 Apr 1773 Mary Conant (nee Wake) wife of John, was buried at Hastingleigh
2 Apr 1779 John Conant died in the village and was buried at Hastingleigh
Patron: William Wake Archbishop of Canterbury, followed by his successors John Potter, Thomas Herring, Matthew Hutton, Thomas Secker, Frederick Cornwallis

 

1774-1779 Curate Robert Stock

.no further information at this time.

 

1779-1795 Nicholas Simons
(Elmsted, Hastingleigh & of Pembroke College Cambridge.)

born 5 Jan 1754 Chislet, the son of Rev Nicholas Simons, Vicar of Chislet.
He attended Charterhouse School and then Christ College Cambridge from May 1772 then Clare College from 1779.
1776 succeeded his father to the family property in Leicester.
1776 Justice of the Peace for Leicester
1779-1795 Chaplain to Archbishop of Canterbury Cornwallis and Rector of Hastingleigh and Vicar of Elmsted.
3 Jan 1781 married Elizabeth Tucker at Hastingleigh. She was the second daughter of Rev. John Tucker, Undermaster of the Kings School Canterbury.
25 Nov 1781 Edward Simons son of Nicholas Simons was baptised at Hastingleigh (Edward became Rector of Ovington, Norfolk d. 11 Apr 1865))
30 May 1784 Joanna Simons daughter of Nicholas Simons was baptised at Hastingleigh
24 Jul 1785 Jane Simons daughter of Nicholas Simons was baptised at Hastingleigh
4 Jun 1787 Elizabeth Simons daughter of Nicholas Simons was baptised at Hastingleigh
8 Oct 1788 Nicholas Simons son of Nicholas Simons was baptised at Hastingleigh (born Sept 1788)(Nicholas became an Equity Draftsman and Conveyancer then Registrar at the Court of Bankruptcy in Manchester 1853-1863 d. 26 Apr1870)
Patron: Frederick Cornwallis Archbishop of Canterbury (1768-1783)
1795-1807 Vicar of Welton Yorkshire
1807-1822 Rector of St Margarets Canterbury
1807-1839 Vicar of Minster in Thanet
1822-1839 Rector of Ickham
He died 20 Apr 1839 and his Will passed probate Jul 1839 Clerk of Canterbury.

 

1795-1833 Rector William Welfitt
(Elmsted, Hastingleigh and Ticehurst in Sussex)

Born 1745.
5 Feb 1770 appointed Rector of Blyborough, Lincolnshire under jurisdiction of John Green Bishop of Lincoln (1761-79),
Patron: King George.
June 1772 - following a Marriage Settlement (the document is in National Archives) he married Elizabeth Barry a wealthy spinster from Hull. 29 Nov 1773 appointed Rector of Rand, Lincolnshire, Lay Patron Harrington Hudson.
7 Jan 1780 cession (end) of Rector at Rand under jurisdiction of Thomas Thurlow Bishop of Lincoln (1779-1787)
29 May 1795 Appointed Rector of Blyborough, Lincolnshire under jurisdiction of George Pretyman (Bishop of Lincoln 1787-1820)
19 May 1795 appointed Vicar of Ticehurst under Archdeacon of Lewes and Chichester (his qualification is noted as DD)
16 May 1805 Rector of Ticehurst
30 Jun 1815 Rector of Ticehurst
Patron: John Moore Archbishop of Canterbury (1783-1805)
In 1795 Nicholas Simons and William Welfitt swapped parishes.
William Welfitt was buried at Canterbury Cathedral A large plaque reads
"The remains of Revd. William Welfitt DD 47 years Prebendary of this Cathedral who departed this life 3rd Feb 1833 aged 87 years & of Elizabeth his wife , died 28 Jan 1837 aged 92yrs 9 months."


Photo 1(click) William Welfitt's wall plaque and memorial in the North aisle of the Nave,Canterbury Cathedral
Photo 2(click) Floor grave stone marked W.W. located in the far left corner of the Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral
Photo 3(click) Bust of William Welfitt in Canterbury Cathedral above the memorial plaque


An article regarding his daughter Mary and the transfer of the Welfitt surname & coat of arms -by Royal grant of Queen Victoria (click to view).

This paragraph taken from Memorials of the Cathedral and Priory of Christ in Canterbury
by C. Eveleigh Woodruff and William Danics published in 1912...
Some further insight into the state of affairs within the precincts is afforded by the unpublished Reminiscences of the Rev. George Gilbert, a prebendary of Lincoln, who in early life lived in the precincts at Can terbury.
In his gossiping pages Mr. Gilbert tells us that Dr. Welfitt was chaplain to the House of Commons, and regarded this post as a claim for cathedral prefer ment.
He made elaborate (and financial) arrange ments with the physician of a dying prebendary for the earliest news of his demise.
By some mishap, the tidings arrived three days late after all.
He therefore promptly saddled his horse and rode eighty miles without halting, saw Lord North, and secured the stall.
" Do you not think, that after such a day's labour I deserved a stall?" said he to Allen Fielding, then vicar of St. Stephen's, " "I am sure your horse did," was the witty reply.
Whatever his deserts, he was prebendary for forty-seven years, resided nine months in every year, and attended service twice daily ; indeed, there was one year, shortly before his death, in which he missed only one service.

With such devotion to Canterbury Cathedral duties, it is hardly surprising that there was a need for Curates to act on his behalf for most of his time as Rector of Hastingleigh.

 

1794-1795 Minister Thomas Randolf

(Rector of Saltwood with Hythe in the County of Kent and Vicar of Petham and Waltham in the County of Kent of Petham , Kent died 1808.)

 

1795-1801 Curate Matthew Malthus Coysgarne
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

(1789 MMC was at St Clement Danes, London)
1790 Licensed Curate of Tenterden
1800 appointed Curate of Hastingleigh and Elmsted,
1802 Rector of Snarsgate,
1804 Curate of Borden,
1806 Curate of Woodchurch.
In 1817 he resigns as Rector of Snargate.
He was married to Susannah by 1797.
He died in 1832, his Will is at Canterbury Archives, he died at Brenchley, Kent.

 

1801-1802 Minister William Lancaster
(during incumbency of William Welfitt)
. no information available at this time.
1802-1805 Minister John Turner
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

1803 Curate of Hastingleigh and Elmsted

 

William Wodsworth 1805-1810
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

4 Aug 1806 married Frances Swinford of Margate at a church in Margate.
26 May 1807 birth of first daughter Charlotte Frances Wodsworth, Baptised 27 May at Hastingleigh
His will passed probate 1831
(- M A of Saint Peter Sandwich , Kent)
(Click for Newspaper Cutting from 1811 about Hastingleigh)

1811 Curate John Baker
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

born 27 Feb 1787 second son of John Baker of Kent, and his wife Jane Tattersall (m.15 Oct 1776 St Pauls, Covent Garden) he attended Charterhouse School then St Johns College, Cambridge.
Ordained a Deacon at Canterbury in 1811 and priest in 1812.
1811 Curate of Hastingleigh and Elmsted.
He married Frances Tattersall (his cousin)the daughter of John Tattersall, Vicar of Harewood, Yorkshire.
Baptism of daughter Sibylla Baker 17 Sep 1815 at Hastingleigh
Baptism of George Granville Baker 7 Oct 1816 at Hastingleigh
1817-1834 he is appointed Vicar of Thorp Arch, Yorkshire
also Vicar of Westbourne, Sussex between 1828-1834.
He died in 1834.

1817-1823 Curate Henry Thomson
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

born 9 Feb 1780 , eldest son of John Thomson of Chartham and London
Attended Charterhouse School followed by Trinity College Cambridge.
He was awarded a BA in 1801 and an MA in 1810.
13 June 1802 Ordained a Deacon at Winchester.
1802 Curate of Little Hardres (possibly Lower Hardres),
1803 Ordained a Priest,
1806-1809 Licenced Curate of Eastry with Worth,
25 Nov 1809 he married Mary Ann Pittock (of Eastry) at St. James Church, Westminster.
Their second son Henry Thurston Thomson was baptised /born 26 June 1812 at Exning, Suffolk. (- he also became a Curate in the South West of England.)
1817 Licenced Curate of Hastingleigh with Elmsted.
9 Sep 1817 birth of daughter Elizabeth Thomson at Hastingleigh
2 Dec 1817 baptism of Elizabeth Thomson at Hastingleigh
25 Aug 1821 baptism of Frances Thomson at Hastingleigh
Henry died 11 May 1835 at Charlton near Woolwich

16 Nov 1839 marriage of eldest daughter Mary-Ann to Mr Lees Broadbent a Surgeon of Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancs. 

1823-1825 Curate Julius Deedes
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

b. Abt 1798/99 in Hythe, the son of William Deedes and his wife Sophia Bridges daughter of Sir Brook William Bridges. 3rd Baronet.
1823 Appointed Curate of Hastingleigh and Elmsted,
1825 Ordained a Priest.
In 1828 becomes Rector of Wittrisham (Wittersham).
14 May 1829 at East Peckham he married Henriette Charlotte Dering (b.1806 Brompton, Middlesex d.1904) sister of Sir Edward Cholmeley Dering 8th Baronet.
In 1832 is noted as the Preacher at the Archbishop's visitation.
4 Jan 1831 baptism of son Julius William Deedes at West Peckham His 4 daughters all baptised at Wittersham.
2 Sep 1832 baptism of daughter Henrietta Mary Deedes
1 Oct 1837 baptism of daughter Caroline Maria Deedes
(1839 a son Francis George Deedes was born)
4 Jul 1841 baptism of daughter Alice Jane Deedes
5 Sep 1843 baptism of daughter Emily Elizabeth Deedes
1847 resigns Wittersham and is appointed Vicar of Marden and Rural Dean.
He died 24 Oct 1879.

1828-1834 Curate Archibald H. Duthie
(during the incumbancy of William Welfitt)

Archibald Hamilton Duthie, born 9 Dec 1797 St Mary's, Jamaica, West Indies.
Curate of Stirling 1826-1828
Married Mary Murray 6th Jan 1828 in Stirling, Scotland relocated to act as Curate for William Welfitt who was too elderly to commute to handle his duties at Elmsted & Hastingleigh.
Son John James Duthie b. 27 Dec 1828 Hastingleigh d. 9 Aug 1929 Hastingleigh
Daughter Jane Buchanan Duthie b. 30 April 1830 Hastingleigh
Daughter Margaret Isabella Duthie b. 13 May 1832 Hastingleigh
1833 Gostwyck Prideaux takes up the post of Rector, having been at Sittingbourne
1835 Archibald Duthie and family move to Sittingbourne to take up the vacancy of Rector. (several more children born to the Duthies while at Sittingbourne)
He was then Rector at Deal by 1851 until his death.
Rector Rev. A H Duthie died 1853, at Deal Kent

27 Aug 1839 Union of Hastingleigh and Elmsted Parishes, under Gostwyck Prideaux. Population of Elmsted is 502 persons and generates a living of £170 per annum, while the population of Hastingleigh at 216 generated £150 per annum, but also supplied the Rectory, whereas Elmsted was without accomodation and just the Glebe lands belonged to the church.

1833-1880 Rector Gostwyck Prideaux

Born 25 Jan 1797 North Tawton, Devon , eldest son of Thomas Prideaux Esq.
He attended schools in Salisbury and Winchester then to Sydney College Cambridge from 1816.
1820 -1826 appointed Curate of Upchurch with Halstow,
1821 ordained as priest at Canterbury.
1826 - 1833 appointed Perpetual Curate of Iwade.
1833 Ceded Iwade and became Vicar of Elmsted and Rector of Hastingleigh till his death in 1880.
12 Oct 1833 married Lucretia Castle, daughter of William & Eleanor Castle at Sittingbourne (igi)
2 Dec 1835 William Gostwyck Prideaux son of Gostwyck Prideaux was baptised at Hastingleigh (PR)
4 Jul 1838 Emma Ann Prideaux daughter of Gostwyck was baptised at Hastingleigh (PR)
16 Oct 1839 Rose Althamiah daughter of Gostwyck was baptised at Hastingleigh (PR)
16 Apr 1857 Lucretia Prideaux wife of Gostwyck was buried at Hastingleigh (PR & gravestone)
14 Apr 1863 Rose Althamiah Prideaux married Joseph Powell Metcalf at Hastingleigh (PR)
27 Mar 1880 Rev. William Gostwyck Prideaux was buried at Hastingleigh (PR & grave stone).

He was a very principalled Rector and disapproved of the fees charged for Baptisms and Burals, consequently Hastingleigh church was used as the place of Baptism for many Travellers, Gypsies and Tinkers until his retirement.

For his burial he avoided the fees for cutting the sod of earth, by being buried under the church perimeter fence in a tunnelled tomb. His Gravestone is now right next to the recently built lychgate.Details of the inscription and a photo are on the cemetery pages for this website.
Patron: William Howley Archbishop of Canterbury (1828-1848) and his successors.

I have noticed in the parish records that in 1871 Reverend Prideaux was absent from recording several church events and when he returns to duty his handwriting (once very neat)is now very poor, it would indicate perhaps, that he had suffered a stroke causing disablement to his writing arm.

1880-1896 Rector Anthony Collett

Anthony Collett was born Nov 1835 in Ubbeston, Suffolk; only son of Anthony Collett of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and
Harriet Pett Hannam of Northbourne, Kent.
He had 3 sisters: Harriet Ann Collett born Aug 1929 who married John Ley, a Canadian Land Owner.
Maria Collett born Jan 1834 who never married, she died 1894 and is buried in Elmsted churchyard.
Frances Ellen Collett b. 1849 never married and was house keeper to her brother, till she died in 1915.
Anthony Collett was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Ordained Deacon at Canterbury Cathedral in 1859 and Priest in 1860.
Between 1859-1874 he was Curate of St Mary Dover then from 1874 to 1880 Curate of Hastingleigh (assisting the frail Gostwyck
Prideaux who it appears, had suffered a stroke.)
From 1880 to 1895 Anthony Collett was Rector of Hastingleigh with Elmsted, and from 1895-1906 Vicar of Bredhurst.
He retired to his large house in Barton Fields on what was then the outskirts of Canterbury, where he died on 10 Dec 1924, aged 89yrs.
He was buried 15th Dec 1924 at Elmsted Church with two of his sisters.
Their graves are to the left of the principal footpath to the main door. There is a memorial plaque to his mother Harriet Pett Collett
inside Elmsted Church. Above it, is a large brass plaque commemorating Rev. Anthony Collett's significant contributions
to the Parishes of Hastingleigh and Elmsted.
At the time of writing this, his mansion house is the YHA Hostel at 54 New Dover Road.
Collett Close in the hamlet of Bodsham, in Elmsted Parish is named in his honour.
It was during his incumbency that the churches at Elmsted and Hastingleigh underwent significant structural modernisation,
he was also instrumental in the creation of the school at Bodsham, and he built the Vicarage at Bodsham.
Click Here to read a newspaper report about his tragic death Anthony Collett was born Nov 1835 in Ubbeston, Suffolk; only son of Anthony Collett of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and
Harriet Pett Hannam of Northbourne, Kent.
He had 3 sisters: Harriet Ann Collett born Aug 1929 who married John Ley, a Canadian Land Owner.
Maria Collett born Jan 1834 who never married, she died 1894 and is buried in Elmsted churchyard.
Frances Ellen Collett b. 1849 never married and was house keeper to her brother, till she died in 1915.
Anthony Collett was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. Ordained Deacon at Canterbury Cathedral in 1859 and Priest in 1860.
Between 1859-1874 he was Curate of St Mary Dover then from 1874 to 1880 Curate of Hastingleigh (assisting the frail Gostwyck
Prideaux who had suffered a stroke.)
From 1880 to 1895 Anthony Collett was Rector of Hastingleigh with Elmsted, and from 1895-1906 Vicar of Bredhurst.
He retired to his large house in Barton Fields on what was then the outskirts of Canterbury, where he died on 10 Dec 1924, aged 89yrs.
He was buried 15th Dec 1924 at Elmsted Church with two of his sisters.
Their graves are to the left of the principal footpath to the main door. There is a memorial plaque to his mother Harriet Pett Collett
inside Elmsted Church. Above it, is a large brass plaque commemorating Rev. Anthony Collett's significant contributions
to the Parishes of Hastingleigh and Elmsted.
At the time of writing this, his mansion house is the YHA Hostel at 54 New Dover Road.
Collett Close in the hamlet of Bodsham, in Elmsted Parish is named in his honour.
It was during his incumbency that the churches at Elmsted and Hastingleigh underwent significant structural modernisation,
he was also instrumental in the creation of the school at Bodsham, and he built the Vicarage at Bodsham.
Click Here to read a newspaper report about his tragic death.

1896-1904 Rev. Frances Charles Timins DSO

b. 1866 Brighton Sussex, eldest son of Captain Octavius Frederick Timins and his wife Ann.
He attended school at Tonbridge and then to Clare College Cambridge from 4 Oct 1884.
1889 Ordained a Deacon at Liverpool.
1889-93 appointed Curate of Warrington.
He married Emily Cross 18 Oct 1893 in Bolton, Lancashire (she was the daughter of the late Mr JK Cross, Member of Parliament for Bolton.)
1894 Marion Douglas Timins daughter of FC Timins was born in Brattleby Lincolnshire
1899 Joan Carlton Timins daughter of FC Timins was born in Bayswater London
1893-96 appointed Rector of Brattleby, Lincolnshire
1896-1904 Rector of Hastingleigh with Elmsted
1904-1920 Rector of Smeeth
WW1 service: Chaplain RAChD (Royal Army Chaplain's Department) DSO
1917 - twice mentioned in dispatches.
1920-1941 Rector of Weston Birt with Lasborough in Gloucester
He died 18 May 1941 at Weston-Birt, his widow Emily was killed in an air raid on Bath in April 1942.

From the Cambridge University Alumni:

"One of that dwindling band of sporting parsons who have done much to enrich English country life. Used to drive his own coach-and-four to Canterbury cricket-week; kept a proverbially good cellar of port, and was regularly to be seen at Tattersalls, in Knightsbridge, on Mondays, buying his hunters and ponies."

1904-1917 Rev. Thomas Leonard Thorold Hill

Born 1 Sept 1869 Hampstead, London the son of Thomas & Mary Hill, he attended Kings College London, then Trinity College Cambridge.
In 1893 he was ordained a Deacon at Winchester Cathedral, then Priest in 1894.
From 1893 to 1896 he was Curate of Okewood, Surrey,
and from 1897 to 1898 Curate of Wrotham, Kent.
In 1898 to 1904 he was Curate of Kemsing, then in 1904 he became Rector of Hastingleigh
and Vicar of Elmsted, where he remained till 1916.
He moved to Little Chart as their Rector from 1916 to 1939 and finally in 1947 became
Rector of Kennington near Ashford.
He died in Ashford in 1950 aged 80. 

 

1905-1916 Robert Granville Cooper

Born 23 May 1873 the son of George Chester Cooper of Addlestone Surrey.
He attended Kings Canterbury then Trinity College Cambridge.
In 1903 he was ordained at Chichester becoming a priest in 1909 at Canterbury.
1903-1905 Curate of Lyminster, Sussex
1905-1916 Curate of Hastingleigh and Elmsted
1916-1923 Vicar of Brenzett, Rector of Snargate with Snave
1923-1928 Vicar of Benenden
1928-1932 Rector of St George with St Mary Magdalene, Canterbury.
Later of Little Chart Rectory, Ashford. He died in 1955 Canterbury aged 82.

1917-1921 Charles William Beresford Cobb

Born 1875 in St Helier, Jersey Channel Islands the son of
Rev. William Cobbe and Jane Selina nee Beresford.
1881 census: St. Helier Jersey with his parents
1891 census: St. Helier with his mother (who is listed as born at sea near Bermuda!)
1911 census: at 16 Goodwyn Road, Dover, Kent with his widowed mother and a couple of servants
He died in 1927 aged 52 in Dover Registration district. His mother died 3 years later in Dover.

1921-1930 Rev. Horace Hammond .. no information available at this time.
1930-1932 Rev. Royston Whalley Cole

b.1882 in Wimbledon the son of Charles Whalley Cole and Adela Whalley Cole (nee....)
(for a brief spell in 1946 he again was in Ministry at Hastingleigh according to the parish records for that year.)

died . 1937 in Canterbury aged 56

1932-1944 Rev. Reuben Coverdale

b.1871 Louth, Lincolnshire
d. Jun 1958 aged 86

1944-1947 Rev. Arthur John Stevens

later to Thannington, then in 1957 to Smarden.

1947-1950 Rev. Raymond John Walter Hill

1950 Adisham
1954 Kingsnorth and Shaddoxhurst(b. 1909 d. Sep 2003)

13 Oct 1950: Hastingleigh and Elmsted joint Parish, is divided due to a shortage of Clergy. Hastingleigh joins with Wye, where Rev.John Newbery Wells (click) is Vicar, and Elmsted joins with Petham under Rev. GA Finch as Vicar. They become 'Priests in Charge' . Rev. J N Wells died 15 Jan 1955

1950-1953 Rev. Gilbert Angus Finch

(first term)

b.123 Jan 1898 Pocklington Yorkshire, son of Ada Ruth Finch (nee Thompson).
In WW1 he was Private C1273 in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps on the Western front for 3 years.
He was captured south of Ypres by the Germans and held as a POW.
After the war, he trained in the ministry at Mirfield in Yorkshire and was ordained at York Minster in 1922.
Curate at Yarm-on-Tees
Curate at St. Marys Adiscombe
Senior Curate at St. Saviours, Croydon
Curate at St. Andrews Broadstairs.
Rector of Thannington
Rector of Petham with Waltham.
He died in late 1975.

1953-1955 Rev. John Victor Strangeways . no information available at this time.
6 Mar 1955-24 May1955 Rev.C.W. (Charles William) Chastel de Boinville (Priest in Charge)

born 16 May 1878 Formerly Vicar of Hythe, he agreed to officiate at services in Hastingleigh until a replacement could be appointed.
He died in 1969, in Aldershot
A brass memorial plaque to him and his wife is in Canterbury Cathedral.

April 1955 Elmsted and Hastingleigh are once again joined together as a United Benefice.

1955-1962 Rev. Albert Edward Prior

24 May 1955 formerly Curate of Chislet
Rev. AE Prior transferred to become Rector of Hastingleigh, Vicar of Elmsted.
He resigned due to ill health on 10 Oct 1962.

1962-1967 Rev. Gilbert Angus Finch

(second term)

Rector of Lydd for the 10 years since he was last Rector of Hastingleigh, returns to the Parish in the 41st year of his ministry. He originally retired 30 June 1967

1967-1971 Rev. Peter Lionel Ford

Born 1932 in Manchester
Inducted 3 Sep 1951, he accepted office at New Romney,
Vicar of Elmsted and Hastingleigh 2 Sep 1967 to 1971
Vicar of New Romney with Hope and St Mary?s Bay 1971 to 1978
Rural Dean of South Lympne 1975 to 1981
Priest in Charge of St Mary in the Marsh 1976 to 1978
Vicar of New Romney, Hope, St Mary?s Bay and also St Mary in the Marsh 1978 to 1982
Hon. Canon of Canterbury Cathedral 1982 to 1994
Vicar of New Romney, Old Romney and Midley 1982 to 1994
Assistant Chaplain in Oslo with Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger 1994 to 1997
He died 30 September 2004 aged 72.

1971-1973 Rev. Dudley F Tizzard

b.1919 Tonbridge Kent
1946 Married Margaret Greenfield
Chaplain at HM Prison Canterbury 1968 to 1971
Vicar of Petham and Waltham 07 Nov 1971 to 1975
Curate in Charge of Elmsted and Hastingleigh 1971 to February 1973 [with the Bishop of Dover as Priest in charge]
Lower Hardres and Nackington 1973 to 1975
Assistant Curate of St John the Baptist, Sevenoaks 1975 to 1978
He died 24 Aug 2006. aged 86.

1974-1975 Gilbert Angus Finch

(3rd term)

becomes 'Priest in Charge' in 1975, having already retired in 1967.

He resided at St. Andrews Lodge, Bossingham till his death.
He died 11th August 1975 and his body was cremated.
The ashes were interred in Elmsted Churchyard on 17th Sept 1975.

1977-1978 Rev. WHJ Burt

1979-1984 Rector of Upper Hardres

1978-1984 Rev. Douglas Walker Curate in Charge of All Hallows Easton 1968 to 1971
Vicar of Penhill 1971 to 1979
Priest in Charge of Elmsted, Hastingleigh, Crundale and Godmersham 1979 to 1983
Vicar of Holy Trinity with St Paul?s, Sheerness 1983 to 2001
He died 16 February 2008 aged 71.
1984-1990 Rev. John Hewes . no information available at this time.
1986-1990 Rev. Arthur Leslie Soar Born 1920 in Lambeth, London
Non Stipendiary Minister of St Marys, Chilham 1983 to 1986
Crundale and Godmersham 1986 to 1990
Elmsted and Hastingleigh 1986 to 1990
Died 18 May 2007 aged 86.
Buried in Hastingleigh near to the lychgate .
1990-1995 Rev. Richard Bateman . no information available at this time.
1995-1996 Rev. Paul Cox Had charge of 8 parishes in the locality with Rev. Richard Bateman(see below)
including Upper Hardres
1996-2001 Rev. Richard Bateman Had charge of 8 parishes in the locality with Rev.Paul Cox (see above)
including Upper Hardres
2001-2009 Rev. John Richardson

Vicar of Wye, Brook and Hastingleigh
Currently Vicar of Margate Holy Trinity

2010- Rev. Ravi Holy