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Nicholas Ferrar

History – A list of rectors 1200–present day

1200–1400
1405–1501
1501–1707
1707 to present day

1200–1400

Date

Rectors

Patrons

Resigned
or Died

1223

Robert de Hedlaya

The Bishop of Lincoln

1238

John de Richmund

Bro. Ro. Saumford, Master of the Knights Templars

r.1255

1255

Radulph Basseth

Roscelin de Ros

r.1276

1276

Galfrid de Laungeford

The Master of the Knights Templars

d.1277

1277

William de la Launde

Rob. De Turville

1313

John de Stannford

The Bishop of Lincoln

r. 1335

Cessation 1335

1335

William Cross de Baumburgh

Ph. de Thame, Prior of Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem

r. 1342

1342

Richard de Aston

(no patron mentioned)

d. 1348

1348

John de Potteshall

Prior and Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem

r. 1350

1350

Richard Duk (de Ellington)

Ph. de Thame, Prior. Etc

d. 1360

1351

John de Kirkeby

Ph. de Thame, Prior, etc

d.1360

1360

Adam de Charteriz

Robert Foster (still Rector 1382)

John Penely

r. 1391

1391

William Smith

(no patron mentioned)

r. 1392

1392

William Ingelde

Hildebrande Inge, Locum Tenens of Prior of St John of Jerusalem

r. 1396

1396

Thomas Jekys

Walter Grendon, Prior, etc

d. 1405

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1405–1501

Date

Rectors

Patrons

Resigned
or Died

1405

Stephen Stokes

" "

r. 1406

1406

William Byngham

" "

r. 1408

1408

John Aylmere

" "

r. 1411

1411

John Wright

(no patron mentioned)

1413

1413

Richard Snowe

"

r. 1414

1414

Rob., son of Simon de Baumburgh

Walter Grendon, Prior, etc

r. 1415

1415

William Coneworth

" "

r. 1416

1416

John Longe

" "

r. 1423

1423

John Green

John Evans

Hen. Cromhale, Prior, etc

r. 1452

1452

William ffareyn

Robert Botyll, Prior, etc

r. 1454

1454

Robert Crane

" "

r.1461

1461

John Bolton

" "

r. 1465

1465

Thomas Howde

" "

d. 1492

1492

John Ineman

John Kendall, Prior, etc

r. 1501

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1501–1707

Date

Rectors

Patrons

Resigned
or Died

1501

William Johnson

Thomas Newporte, Master, etc

Henry Empson, was Rector, 1535

No name given

Deprived 1554

1554

Thomas Lambert

King Philip and Queen Mary

1579

Walter Bickelles

Queen

Left 1579

1580

Thomas Clarke

Queen

1590

William Bate, M.A.

Ld. Chancellor, presentation revoked

1591

1591

John Brooke, M.A.

1597

Thomas Prowde, S.T.B.

Lord Keeper of the Great Seal

r. 1597

1597

Henry Williamson, M.A.

1614

Michael Reade

The King (James I)

1625

David Stevenson, M.A.

During the time of the Ferrar Community the Rector was ‘absent’, and the monthly Eucharist was celebrated in Little Gidding church by the Reverend Luke Groose, vicar of Great Gidding, with Nicholas Ferrar acting as Deacon.

1651

Edward Wallis

Parliament (appt 15 Jan 1647/8)

1659

Farrar Collet, M.A.

" "

Cession 1663

1664

James Wildbore

King Charles II

1674

Anthony Hill

" "

d. 1691

1691

Thomas Ferrar, M.A.

King William III and Queen Mary

r. 1707

Grandson of John Ferrar, great nephew of Nicholas Ferrar

During this time he restored the church to the state we see it today, with the plain stone front; his brother John remained Lord of the Manor until 1748, when the state passed out of the family

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1707 to present day

Date

Rectors

Patrons

Resigned
or Died

1707

William Postlethwayte

d. 1731

1731

William Robinson

d. 1781

1781

Thomas Harris

King George III

d. 1792

1792

Gerard Clough

d. 1831

1831

William Pullen

King William IV

1843

William Whall, D.D.

Queen Victoria

From 1848-53 the Lord of the Manor, William Hopkinson, undertook the renovation of the church, with the addition of stained glass windows, the chandelier and a bell

d. 1874

1874

William Salmon Bagshaw, M.A.

r. 1913

1914

John William Aytoun, LTh

Lord Chancellor

r. 1916

1916

James William Percy Jones, M.A.

George Fitzwilliam

In the 1920s renovations included the wall sconces, given by Lady Margaret Proby of Elton Hall

r. 1957

1958

Andrew Chartres Brew Molony, M.A.

F.W. Dennis

r. 1961

1962

LF Ostler

George Fitzwilliam

Little Gidding Fellowship formed 1970

r. 1974

1975

DN deL Young

F.W. Dennis

r. 1977

1977

AOL Hodgson

George Fitzwilliam

Community of Christ the Sower undertook care and maintenance of the church

r. 1981

1983

RWB van de Weyer

D. Dennis

1992, East window replaced by plain glass

1994

1994

John Hindley

Sir Stephen Hastings

1995

1996

Catharine Furlong

The Bishop of Ely

1998 Community disbanded, care of the church undertaken by the PCC and Wardens of Ferrar House

2005
2005 Position vacant -

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© Text and photographs by Jillian Wilkinson for the Giddings PCC, March 2003. Revised 2006