The following is a list of the rectors of Matlock,
extracted for the most part from the Episcopal Registers at Lichfield:-
The Registers only commence in the year 1637.
- Walter de FODRINGEYE, instituted 4 Kal. September 1300.
- Ralph de ERGOM, inst., on the death of his
predecessor, 17 Kal November, 1315.
- Robert de BRYDELINGTON, inst., on the resignation
of his predecessor, 3 Ides February, 1316.
- Richarde BARGRAVE, inst. 11 Kal. February,
- Michael, son of John de HAYELTON, inst. 3
Kal. March, 1332.
- Henry de WICHINER, inst. 15 Jan., 1361.
- Hugh HYKELING, rector in 1366, and had leave
of absence from his church for two years' study.
- William de LOUNDEY, inst. 1372. Exchanged
Precentorship of Crediton, Devon, with his predecessor, for
- Lawrence de SUNDRISH, inst. 2 Kal. May, 1373.
He was only an accolyte at the time of his institution, and
was admitted to the rectory "in persona Henry de Foston."
- John de ASSHEBURNE.
- Richard de STEPULL, inst 9 Kal. June, 1387.
- John TEKYLL.
- Robert CONYNGHAM, inst. 15 January, 1423,
on the death of his predecessor. This presentation was made
by the brothers Simon and Henry, monks of Darley and Dale Abbeys,
patrons for this turn by concession of the Dean of Lincoln.
- William EGGE, inst. 1 May, 1435. Exchanged
with his predecessor the living of Brailsford for Matlock.
- William LOWTHE.
- Henry ANSE, inst. 29 December, 1459.
- Oliver DYNHAM, M.A. inst. 26 October, 1467.
- Thomas REYNALD, inst. 1482.
- James BASFORD, alias BERESFORD, B.L. inst.
31 August, 1497; resigned 12 August 1504, and accepted the
Vicarage of Wirksworth.
- Thomas LYLLYLOWE, held the rectory 27 Henry
- Robert HORNE, inst. 23 March, 1545, on the
death of his predecessor.
- Edmund WYLD, inst. 10 May, 1554.
Pre 1858 Wills, Surnames W-Z
- Christopher GRANGE, inst. 10 December, 1560.
- Peter HART (Strype's Memorials, iii, 108).
- John SEARSTON, Parson (1602/3)
- Henry SMITH, obit. 1640.
- William THORPE succeeded Smith; was rector
for about two years.
- Thomas SHELMERDINE, A.M. In 1656 he was "minister
and registrar" of Matlock. He was ejected for nonconformity
in 1662 .
- John CHAPPELL, prebend of York, inst. 7 November,
1662. Obiit circa. 1688.
- Joseph FERN, A.M., came here from the Peak,
November, 1688; obiit 1716.
- Thomas HINCKEYMAN, vicar of Chesterfield,
inst. 19 July 1717, and held it with Chesterfield, where he
See Strays - H
- Charles CARTWRIGHT. He exchanged for Charborough,
- Benjamin BURROW, A.M. inst. 1753; held it
with Morton, and died 1779.
- George HOLCOMBE, D.D., inst. 1780; made chaplain
to Prince of Wales 13 March, 1789; died in 1836. Dr. HOLCOMBE
also held the living of East and West Leake, Notts., where he
- Philip GELL, M.A.
- William Job Charlton STAUNTON, inst. 1836.
- William Rylance MELVILLE, inst. 1839.
Additional notes and references:
 "A list of Matlock rectors is given in the
Wolley Collections (Add. MSS., 6667, ff.260, 263) but we have
added to it and amended it very considerably, by comparison with
the Lichfield registers"
[Cox, J. C. "Churches ... ": Footnote at the bottom
 Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509.
 From: "Three Centuries of Derbyshire Annals,
an Illustrated by the Records of the Quarter Sessions of the
County of Derby from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Victoria" by
the Rev. Charles J. Cox, LL.D., F.S.A Vol I. London: Bemrose
and Sons, 23 Old Bailey; and Derby (1890)
Section IV. Ecclesiastical: Licenced Preachers.
Clergy List for Derbyshire, 1602-3. p.250.
Matlocke - John Searston, Parson ..... Mr. of artes ..... a preacher
by the Lo : archbushop of Yorke his Grace xjli. in the kinges
 "The registers of this church, which commence
in 1637, contain the following _"Memorandum, that upon the
26th day of January 1654 Mr Thomas Shelmerdine was chosen
Registrar for the Parish of Matlock before me John Spateman one
of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Derby.
(Signed) Jo. Spateman."
[Cox, J. C. "Churches": Footnote at the bottom
 Rev. John Chappell owned
Riber Hall, which he bought from the heiresses of the last
of the Wolley family to live there. He was buried
at Matlock in 1688 and left a Will (see Calendars)
 There are MIs in the church for the following
Rectors: FERN |
HINCKESMAN | SMITH
 "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday,
17 Feb 1836. Announcement of death of George Holcombe, aged 80,
on 7th February at West Leake. No mention was made
in the death notice of him being Rector of Matlock. He was still
involved with Matlock in 1806 as he was recorded in "The
Bury and Norwich Post", when he became a Doctor of Divinity,
as being Rector of the parishes of Matlock and West Leake and
also Chaplain to Earl Moira. Yet in February 1805 two advertisements
were placed in "The
Derby Mercury" as
the Rectory, newly refurbished, was to let. Mr. Goodwin and later
Miss Dod and her sister lived at the Rectory. Miss Dod was to marry
Philip Gell (see Hatches, Matches & Dispatches).
George Holcombe was also a J.P.
See his name in Eighteenth
Century: Game Duty Lists | Nineteenth Century - Game Duty Lists
 Philip Gell's name is missing from Cox's list,
and from several other lists of rectors. A newspaper report of
1811 places him in Matlock and his children were born at the Rectory
and baptised in the church between 1815 and 1829. He was married
at St. Giles' (see Hatches,
Matches & Dispatches).
He attended the ceremony to lay the Foundation stone of Matlock
Bath church (reported in "The Derby Mercury",
Wednesday, 16 June, 1841);
"The Rev. P. Gell, formerly Rector of Matlock, but now of
St. John's Derby, delivered a lengthy and fervent address".
He was described as an Evangelist in some later newspaper reports.
He became Rural Dean of Derby. He died at Derby on 7 Jan 1870,
aged 86 ("The
Times" Monday, 10 Jan, 1870). He was clearly a very able
man, being listed 6th amongst the Senior Optimes when he took his
degree in 1805 (Mathematics) at Trinity College, Cambridge ("The
Pall Mall Gazette", Tuesday, 11 January, 1870). He had
several publications to his name and compiled a hymn book that
was used in Derbyshire's churches ("Derby Mercury",
19 Jan, 1870).
Also see Brewer's Directory, 1823 & 1824 (Rector)
| Glover's Directory
1827-8-9 (curate!) | Pigot's Directory
 Surname changed from Stanton following research
The Rev. William Job Charlton Staunton M.A. was appointed
to the Rectory of Matlock in 1836; his Patron was the Dean of Lincoln.
Staunton had gained his M.A from Magdalen College, Oxford on 13th
Nov 1828 and he married Isabella Gordon, a daughter of the Dean
of Lincoln, on 3 Mar 1829 at St. Mary Magdalene, Lincoln. Staunton
was not at Matlock long as, in September 1838, he "presented
to the Vicarage of Aslackby". He died at Aslackby on 10th
Apr 1840, aged 36, leaving 8 children under 10. Another child was
born after he had died. Only two of the Staunton children, John
and Mary Frances (see baptism and Strays),
were born at Matlock.
An interesting story involving Rev. Staunton was printed in
"The Derby Mercury" in October 1834.
An ancient custom that "when any of the Royal family honour
Belvoir Castle with their presence, the chief of the Staunton family
appear personally to present the key" of "Staunton's
Tower". Because his father was ill (in 1833) it fell to William
Job Charlton Staunton to perform the ceremony.
Appointed Rector: " The Essex Standard,
and Colchester, Chelmsford, Maldon, Harwich, and General County
Advertiser", Friday, 15 July,
ii. M.A.: "The Standard" Friday, 14 November, 1828.
to Aslackby: "The Essex Standard,
and General Advertiser for the Eastern Counties" Friday,
14 September, 1838.
Death announcement: same paper, Friday, 1 May, 1840.
 Melville's appointment by the Dean of Lincoln
was published in "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday,
6 March, 1839. The announcement of his preferment said he was "of
St. Peter's College, Cambridge". Years later, Cox was to acknowledge
Melville's help with his "Churches": "To
the Rev. W. R. Melville, the present rector, we desire to express
our obligations for the assistance he has given us in this account
of Matlock church" (Cox, J. C. "Churches ... ":
Footnote at the bottom of p.528).
i. William Rylance Melville was born in Nottingham on 8 Oct 1812,
the son of William and Sarah Melville, and was baptised at St.
Nicholas Church on 8 December. He married Susanna James of Ireton
Wood at Kirk Ireton on 14 Jan 1836 ("The Derby Mercury",
Wednesday, 20 January, 1836). He was then given as "of Willoughby-on-the-Wolds".
ii. He was ordained as a priest by the Archbishop of York at Bishopthorpe
on 18 Dec 1836 ("The York Herald, and General Advertiser",
Saturday, 24 December, 1836).
iii. He was awarded his M.A. from Cambridge on 7 Jul 1838 ("The
Essex Standard, ... and General County Advertiser", Friday,
13 July, 1838).
iv. There are some windows in the church that were given by the Melville
family - see MIs in the Church
v. He filled in the the Religious
Census of 1851 for the church.
 Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock
- Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose
& Sons, Limited.
Bryan records that William Rylance Melville died and was succeeded
by James William Kewley in 1887.
Melville's death was announced
in "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday, 13 April, 1887.
"On Easter-day, at Matlock Rectory, the Rev. William Rylance
Melville, M.A., for 48 years rector of Matlock, aged 74".
His wife Susanna had died at the Rectory a few weeks before,
on 5th February.
 "The Times", 29
Jan 1935. Death announcement records that he was Rector at Matlock
1887 - 1922. He had died at Matlock on 25 Jan, aged 88, and his
funeral was the 29th.
Canon Kewley and his sisters.
 From: Matlock St Giles MIs in the church published
with kind permission of the Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group.
 Reverend Alban Urling-Smith made notes on the
church history, a number of which were reproduced in "Matlock
Parish Church, Derbyshire"
(1969) Pictorial Guide and Souvenir, The Church Publishers, Ramsgate.
was born 1873 at Teddington. Began his working life as a Stockbroker's
Clerk (1891 census). "The Times", 21 Dec, 1898;
Ordinations, Liverpool, Deacons. St. Aiden's Theol. Coll., Birkenhead
to St. Dunstan, Edge Hill.