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St Andrew's Parish Church c1905

The Wimpole Rectors

St Andrew's Parish Church

This page was based upon an old list of Rectors recorded in the Parish Registers for Wimpole, which were transcribed and indexed by T.P.R. Layng in March 1983. Additional information [and names] have been added.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the 'living' was generally the gift of the then current owner of the Wimpole Estate, usually the head of the Yorke (Hardwicke) family.

"One of the earliest recorded rectors of Wimpole was the royal clerk Walter Langton, a pluralist who held at least six other benefices in 1291. The rectory changed hands frequently until the 16th century, which was marked by a succession of long tenures. Although Edward Marshall, rector in 1604, was not licenced to preach, the rectory was generally held by qualified clerics, usually Cambridge graduates. A curate was appointed fairly regularly after 1561 and was usually resident after 1570. About 1728 the curate resided alternately with the rector and was paid a salary of £40.00 per year. After 1807 the rector was usually resident. In 1970 the rectory of Wimpole was officially held in plurality with Orwell and Arrington rectories, an arrangement which had previously existed informally."

Walter de Langton

A "Royal Clerk". Said to be a Pluralist and "holding other benefices"

Robert Kirkham

"...Parson of Wimpole..."

Thomas Worsley
Rector ? - 1501?

The Chicheley Chapel has a brass figure of Thomas Worsley (priest in vestments) with part of a prayer scroll and figure of Virgin and Child enthroned, with six lines of Latin hexameters. Dated 1501/2

William Fincham
Rector 1503-35

Robert Gylett
Chaplain 1524?

"...Chaplain of the Standon Chantry..."

Andrew Middleton
Rector 1538-1551

Thomas Parkynson
Rector 1551-1579 [or possibly later]

Also said to be Rector of Willingham and Orwell?

Edward Marshall
[c1562 - 1625]
Rector? c1591 - 1625

According to a brass in the Chicheley Chapel, he had 4 sons and 6 daughters. In the register he has 5 sons and 2 daughters. Rector [?] for 34 years. Died 23 July 1625 aged 63. Buried 25 July 1625 in the Chicheley Chapel.
Not licenced to preach.

Marmaduke Thompson
Rector 1626 - 1641

Also Incumbent of Harston

Joseph Loveland M.A.
Rector 1641 - 1644
Restored 1660 - 1695

Fellow and President of Caius. Living sequestered 1644-1660. Fellow and President of Gonvil and Caius College and Prebendary of Norwich 1670. Died May 1695 in the 92nd year of his age.

Baker's MSS records: "Mr Loveland of Wimpole, Articles against him and Mr Harpington his Curate, May 10 1644: For neglecting his Cure and putting in one Mr Harpington, a man very negligent in the ministerial office, and much given to play of cards of a night, for neglecting of fast days, for sending a horse to the King, and charging Thomas Lancaster who rid him, to ride the horse to death rather than the Earl (Manchester) should light on him; for not taking the Covenant and refusing to tender it. Whereupon by Manchester's Warrant he was ejected and sequestered".

Though the Rectory was sequestered from Mr Loveland from 1644 to 1660, yet all the burials registered during that time and indeed from November 1626 to February 1681/2 are in his handwriting; and at the end of the year 1659 he signs himself Rector. He must have entered these from some other accounts after his restoration; for the Christenings, 'till 1663, are in another hand.'

William Scarlett
Curate? 1644-1660?

It does not appear who held the Living during the 1644-1660 sequestration unless it was William Scarlett, who styled himself Curate in 1650, and probably continued so at least 'till March 1659. In 1662 he was Vicar of Bassingbourn'. [Venn: Alumni Cantabrigienses Pt 1, Vol. IV p29, lists a William Scarlett, admitted to Jesus College 1642, B.A. 1645/6, M.A. 1649; incorporated at Oxford 1653.] The William Scarlett at Wimpole seems to have made entries in the register only in 1650, but the writing and signature are certainly the same as at Bassingbourn where William Scarlett was Vicar 1661-1700. He was buried at Bassingbourn, aged 74, on 11 April 1700.

William Fownes M.A.
Rector 1695 - 1713

Fellow of St Peters College, Cambridge. Presented to living by Richard Fownes Esq. of Stapleton, Dorset. Died as Rector in 1713.

Francis Jefferys
Rector 1713 - 1740

Presented to living by Thomas Price, gentleman of Camberwell, June 6th 1713. Also Vicar of Ashwell. Died as Rector in 1740.

Joseph Simms
Rector 1740 - 1743

Rector from 19 September 1740. In 1743, Lord Chancellor Hardwicke presented him to living of St John's, Westminster.

John Lawry M.A.
Rector 1743 - 1745

Presented by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke in May 1743. In 1745 became Rector of Lee, Kent and to a Prebend in the church of Rochester.

Charles Plumptre M.A.
Rector 1745 - 1752

Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge. Vicar of Harston 1749. Presented by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke in 1749 to a Prebend at Norwich, which he was permitted by his patron to exchange for the Archdeacon of Ely on 20 December 1751. 1752 Rector of St Mary Woolnoth & St Mary Woolchurch, London. Afterwards, afternoon preacher of St James's Westminster and sinecure Rector of Orpington, Kent.

Robert Plumptre M.A.
Rector 1752 - 1788

Fellow of Queen's College, succeeding his brother in October 1752, presented by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Also Vicar of Whaddon. 1756 Prebendary of Norwich. 1760 Master of Queens College, Cambridge. 1770 Professor of Moral Theology. Died 29 October 1788 at Norwich, where he is buried.

Thomas Waddington M.A.
Rector 1788 - 1794

Of Christ's. 1787 Rector of Kelshall, Hertfordshire and Chaplain to Lord Dover. 1789 exchanged Kelshall for Downham, Isle of Ely. 1793 Rector of Elm cum Emneth. 1789 Prebendary of Ely. 1793 Rector of Northwold, Norfolk. 1805 Rector of Hessett, Suffolk 1809. He married Margaret Yorke, daughter of the Right Rev James Yorke, brother of the 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, in 1788. She died three years later. He later married Anne Westwood. Thomas died 18 June 1815 aged 52.

Thomas Sheepshanks M.A.
Rector 1794 - 1818

"Sheepshanks, Thomas Adm. sizar (age 17) at St John's, Mar. 12, 1771. S. of Richard, farmer. B. at Linton, Yorks. [Bapt. there Jan. 11, 1752] School, Threshfield. Matric. Michs. 1771; Scholar, 1774; BA (4th Wrangler) 1775; M.A. 1778. Fellow 1778-9. Ordained deacon (Lincoln) Dec. 24 1775; priest (Ely) Feb. 23, 1777. Rector of Wimpole, Cambs., 1794-1818, and Chaplain to Philip, Earl of Hardwicke. Rector of Aspenden, Herts, 1799-1818. J.P. for Cambs., For nearly 40 years. Married (1) Jan. 1779, Miss Garland, of Wisbech; (2) Feb. 28, 1787, Martha, Dau. of Robert Gynn, of Wisbech. Died Apr. 20 1818, at Wimpole. Brother of William (1761); father of William (1809) and the next [ie Thomas] (St John's Coll. Adm. IV 476; G. Mag. 1818, I 571.)" Alumni Cantabrigienses. 24 April 1818.

"Died - On Monday last, deeply regretted, at the rectory, Wimpole, aged 66, the Rev. Thomas Sheepshanks, M.A. for nearly forty years an active magistrate for the isle of Ely and this county. He was formerly Fellow of St John's college. B.A. 1775, M.A. 1778." - Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, April 1777.

"12 years Rector of this Parish, died aged 65" [MI: Died Monday 20 April 1818 at the Rectory.]

Married to Martha, father of William, Thomas, Maria, and Louisa. Buried in the Chicheley Chapel.

John Cheap M.A.
Rector 1818 - 1831

"Cheap, John, Adm. Pens. (age 17) at Trinity, May 25. 1811. S, of John. B. at Calcutta. School, Westminster. Matric. Michs. 1811; Scholar, 1812; BA 1815; M.A. 1818, Ord. Deacon (York) Oct. 22, 1816; priest. Dec. 21, 1817; Curate of Elvington. Rector of Wimpole, Cambs., 1818-31. Vicar of Riseley, Beds., 1825-31. Died Sept. 3, 1831. (Cant. Act Bk; G. Mag., II. 377)". Alumni Cantabrigienses, J.A. Venn (ed.) Married to Mary. Daughter Anne Emily Cheap was christened at Wimpole on 13 April 1822, Elizabeth on 27 July 1823 and son John on 24 May 1828.

Henry Reginald Yorke M.A.
Rector 1832 - 1871

Of St John's. Rector of Aspenden, Hertfordshire. "[Ven'ble] Henry Reginald Yorke [Archdeacon of Huntingdon], born 3 October 1802, died 25 September 1871." He was the third son of the late Admiral the Hon. Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke, by Elizabeth Weake, daughter of Mr James Rattray, of Atherstone, Warwickshire, and next surviving brother of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke. He married in 1833 Flora Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the late General Alexander Campbell K.O.B., but was left a widower in 1852

"Henry Reginald Yorke was born on the 30th October, 1803, and was educated at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge, where he took his Bachelor's degree in the year 1826, without, however, obtaining honours, and proceeded M.A. in 1829. He was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1827, and priest in the following year, and has held the rectory of Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (a living in the gift of his brother, Lord Hardwicke) since 1832; from 1856 to 1879 he was Archdeacon of Huntingdon, but in the latter year he resigned that office. He was also from the year 1859 a Canon of Ely Cathedral." - The Times.

[His son was Alexander Campbell Yorke, writer of 'Wimpole As I Knew It' where he reminiscences about his boyhood in Wimpole and his father with great affection.]

[Henry Reginald Yorke and wife Flora Elizabeth Yorke are both interred in the Hardwicke Family Vault beneath the Chicheley Chapel.]

Edward Thomas Liddell B.A.
Rector 1872 - c1876

Of Christ Church, Oxford. Curate of Alverstoke. Brother of Susan Liddell, wife of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke.

["The Reverend Edward Liddell, did not think that a young man was justified in living in so easy a cure. He resigned, and went to Jarrow, where strenuous work soon broke him down with premature paralysis."

- Alexander Campbell Yorke in 'Wimpole As I Knew It'.]

Edward Lyon Fellowes M.A.
Rector 1876 - 1896

Of Brasenose, Oxford. Formerly curate of Ormesby and Mantby, Norfolk and Vicar of Cumnor, Berkshire. Also Vicar of Arrington. Buried in Wimpole Churchyard. (Tablet on Outside Wall): "In memory of Edward Lyon Fellowes, Rector of Wimpole & Vicar of Arrington from 1876-1896, died 23 July 1896, aged 51 years. Thy will be done."

"When I first played [cricket] for Wimpole, the Rev Fellowes was Captain of our team - and what a captain, and what a cricketer he was!" - W.G. Newell

George Dawson Cartwright B.A.
Rector 1897 - 1913

Born Norwich. Studied Trinity College, Dublin. Also Vicar of Arrington. Married 1862 to Maria Root (1842-1911). Both buried in Wimpole Churchyard: "George Dawson Cartwright, rector of this parish, died 28 September 1913, aged 79."

Two sons died in the First World War. Private 180598 Edward Cartwright of the Canadian Infantry, died of wounds aged 34, on the 11th October 1916 and is buried in Wimpole Churchyard in the family grave. Second Lieutenant Charles Cartwright of the Bedfordshire Regiment, killed in action on the 19th April 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Edgar Lancaster
Rector 1914 - 1937

Of St Augustine's, Canterbury. Formerly a missionary in South Africa. 1917 also Vicar of Arrington. Buried in Wimpole Churchyard: "In loving memory of Edgar John Lancaster, who entered into rest, 30 December 1937, aged 36 [?] years. Eternal rest grant to him O Lord."

Hugh Ernest Whitwham
Rector 1946 - ?

Of St Peter's College. Formerly curate of Stow Bardolph, Norfolk. Also Vicar of Arrington.

Henry Arden Kennett Baynes M.A.
Rector 1949 - ?

Of Trinity. Also Vicar of Arrington. Buried in Wimpole Churchyard. "In loving memory of Henry Arden Kennett Baynes, former rector of this parish, died 22 November 1955, aged 67 years."

St Andrew's Parish Church.
A living church for the Parish of Wimpole, located within the National Trust's
Wimpole Estate.
The Church is managed and maintained by the Parochial Church Council

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