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List of the Vicars of Ashbourne's parish church. Who they were.
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Charles Cox wrote an extensive Addenda in the final volume of his series on Derbyshires Churches. Some items were about Ashbourne, including "a complete list of vicars from 1300 downwards; the Dean of Lincoln was in each case patron, until legislation of the present reign (i.e that of Queen Victoria) conferred the advowson on the Bishop of the diocese"[1]. St. Oswald's was to transfer from the diocese of Southwell to the diocese of Derby in 1927. Cox's list of names has beeen used as a starting point for this page.

Other sources used include the guides of Rev. Jourdain[2], Dr. Ernest Sadler[3] and Miss Kathleen Hollick[4], all of whom must have spent many hours researching their respective works.

Chronological List of Vicars, before 1200 - to recent times
The Kniveton and Bradbourne Chantries and their Chaplains
Additional Notes and References

Please note: if deceased is given after the name of a vicar in the earlier entries it means that they died whilst they were still serving.

Chronological List of Vicars, before 1200 - to recent times
—— Geoffrey, resigned as Vicar of Ashbourn, about 1200.
Geoffrey. Circa 1200 (Cox, Vol II, p.363[5]).
1200. Nicholas de ESSEBURNE
- Granted the vicarage by the Dean of Lincoln, to possess it with all its revenues and those of its chapels for 100s. yearly as a pension (Cox, Vol II, p.363[5]).

- William and Gervaise, chaplains, 1210[6].
1213-33. William, "the chaplain of Ashbourne" (Darl.)[7]).
He is not named by Jourdian[2] or Sadler[3], but is included in Miss Hollick's booklet[4].
1241. Walter de KEYIAM, resigned, and John de BRECHAM, deceased (disputed possession).
The dispute between him and Brecham lasted "a long time". (Cox, p.364[5]).
—— John de BRECHAM
- John, vicar, 1253[6].
- John de Brecham. 1241-60. Cox, p.364[5]. He d. 1260.
1260. Peter de WINTONIA [Winton]
- Peter de Wintonia was appointed by Henry III. 1260 till after 1270. (Cox, Vol. II.[5] p.365)
- A document dating from "the 4th year of Edward I", referred to an agreement from the reign of Henry III. - Peter de Wyneton, "now rector of the church", mentioned by Glover, was in "an ancient document when Ashbourn appears to have been a Royal Borough"[8].
1275. Nicholas[6]
- Nicholas, parson, Temp. Ed. I
- Nicholas de Esseburn. Circa 300. Cox, Vol II, p.364.
- "Nicholas, persona de Esseburn" witnessed a lease in 1275[?] Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds, no. 386.
1278. Hugh de ASHBURNE, 1283[3]
1284. Andrew PANATORIS.
- Andrew Panatoris. 1284[9].
"DUKETTO DE CLIFFORD, bl. Thos. le Ragged of Fernely and Andrew Panatoris, Parson of Ashbourne, im. MAGR. [Magistrate] JOHN CLAREL, Cs."[10].
His name does not appear in any other sources.
1290. Robertus, Rectory of Mappleton annexed.
- Robrt. 1290. Cox, Vol. II, p.365. Consent given to an ordination of the vicarage and determined that "Robert and his successors should have a site for a vicarage house at a place, bounded on the one side by the road leading from the churchyard to the bridge, and extending on the other side from the wall of the churchyard and the rector's fishpond up to the conduit of the "Scolbrooke,". that the necessary buildings should be erected at the expense of the rector; that the vicar should have all mortuaries (except horses)" ...Cox quotes from Wolley Add. MSS, 6671, f.573. (Cox, Vol II, p.365)[5].
1300. Thomas de WELLETON.
1310. Robert de STOKE.
1310. Robert IBLE, deceased.
- Robert de Ibull, vicar. 1310[6].
- He witnessed two grants in Aldewark in 1310 and 1317. See Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds, no. 17 and 18. He was described as "perpetual vicar of Assheburne" in no.18.
1333. John de LENTON, resigned.
- He had become vicar on the death of R.I.[1]
1349. Roger de la DALE.
- Became vicar on the resignation of J. de L.[1].
1361. William Rymour de NEWENHAM (or Newnham).
- First instituted Oct. 1361 (Lich.)[7], but resigned in Jan. 1362 (also see 1364).

- "No doubt the Wm. de Newenham of Cox IV, 513"[7].
- See Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds, no.81.
1362. William de EXTON, resigned.
- Wm. de Exton, exchanged with W. R. de N. (Lich.)[7] - see above entry.
1363. John de HYLLE
- Became vicar on the resignation of W. de E.[1].
1364. William NEWENHAM, exchanged.
- Wm. Rymour [de Newenham], by this time vicar of Abbot's Langley[3], again appointed in exchange with John de Hylle (Lich.)[7].
- 1365-6. William Prat [Rector of Bradley], instituted Mar. 1365-6 in the person of his proxy, William RYMOUR, vicar of Ashbourne, on the death of Robert le Glen (Lich)[7]
1366. William POYMER/POYMOR (or should this be Rymour?)
Found in Cox III, 28 and Jourdain[2].
1371. Hugh de MONTGOMERY, deceased.
- Who exchanges the Rectory of Newport, Salop with W. R. de N.[1]. He resigned from Newport in 1789[3].
1373. Richard de THRUMLEY
- Who became vicar on the death of H. de M.[1]
- He made a grant in Derby in 1739. See Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds
1379. Thomas BROUSTER (or BRONDESTON).
In the following year the vicar exchanges with the priest of Kynassy's Chantry, Lichfield Cathedral[1], i.e. Thomas de Hulton below[3].
1380. Thomas de HULTON (not in Jourdain's list)
- 1380 - Thomas de Hulton, chantry priest of Lichfield, exchanged with Thomas Brondeston or Brouster (Lich.) Became priest in April 1380 (This verified by the Bishop for Dr. Sadler from the Bishop's Registers).
1394. William BORGH.
1394. William MELTON
—— Nicholas DERBY[1]. Not found elsewhere.
Was this Thomas?
1408 Roger de KNYVETON.
1410 William DALTON (or 1408[4])
1410 William NEWERK.
- William Newenham, vicar, 1414[6].
- He was involved in a quitclaim in Ashbourne in 1414. See Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds, no.81. Was this a misreading of Newerk? Or perhaps two William Newenhams?
—— John SUTTON.
1431. Richard RHODE. Date given in Cox[1] and Jourdain[2], but not elsewhere. Was he Richard Forde, below?
1433. Thomas DERBY.
- witness to Deed in Okeover Muniments[3] (but not found with Ashbourne link).
—— Richard FORDE.
1439. Adam WETTON.
1453. John CLARK[e].
- He added his seal to a bond in Underwood in 1468.
See Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds, 2417.
1470. John NORTHAMPTON, and Rector of Carsington.
- "In 1490, John Northampton, vicar of Ashourne, stating that he was not able to live honestly or exercise due hospitality owing to the smallness of his stipend, petitions the Dean of Lincoln to allow the rectory of Carsington, then vacant, to be united to the vicarage of Ashbourn. His prayer was granted, and the two were formally consolidated by the sanction of the Bishop on September 27th (from Lichfield Episcopal Registers, vol. xii., f.80[1]."
1497. Stephen SURTAS.
1500. Henry HUDSON.
Henry Hudson, vicar 1516[6].
- He was involved in a feoffment in Ashbourne in 1504 and an indenture in 1516 Ashbourne Charters and Early Deeds, nos.87 and 91.
—— William TYKHILL.
1526. Robert SACHEVEREL [no will found].
1535. Laurence HOROBYN (Sir Laurence in probate calendars), Probate 1652, June 5. dated 8 June 1651.
- He wished that on the day of his burial his executors should give to the most poore people of the parish and the needy xli. and the people who broke the ground in the chancel [where he was to be buried] and the grave stone replaced to be paid. He had a cowe in the barn and sheepe in the fielde. Relatives mentioned : sister in law Alice Horobyn; brother's son Lawrence Horobyn, Margaret Horobyn; Joanne Horobyn sister's daughter; cousin William Horobyn. Mr. Thomas Cockayne knyghte to be supervisor.
- The vicarage was valued at £5 18s, 8d. His income had been derived from "a house with two acres of glebe; Easter dues; tithes of hemp, flax, pigs and gees; certain oblations made on four yearly occasions (Offering Days); tithes of grain at Mapleton; and tithes of wool and lamb" (Cox, v. II, p.367[5]).
—— Christopher HAWKE (or Hauke[4]).
1564. William BILLINGE (or Bythinge[4])
- Church database records him as Byllinger - Perpetual Vicar : Ashbourne with Mapleton (7 Sep 1564 - 3 Jul 1566)
1566. Robert HURT[e], deceased 1603.
- When Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School charter was granted Elizabeth I also granted "that there should be three discreet, good and honest men, to be called Governors of the possessions, revenues, and goods of such school; and twelve discreet, good and honest men, to be called Assistants to the said Governors, Her Majesty also ordained that Thomas Cokaine, son of the said Sir Thomas Cokaine, John Alsop, of Alsop-in-the-Dale, and Robert Hurt, vicar of Ashbourn, should be the first Governors ..."[11].
- Probate 1603, Robert Hurt Vicar of Ashbourne, Apr 28. All goods and chattells given to wife Alice Hurt itpo Wm. Hulle, Tho. Jessoppe and others (Lich).
1603. Thomas PEACOCK.
- 1602-3. Thomas Pecocke, vicar, B.A.[12]
- Institution 12 Jun 1603.
- [Pecocke] bach : of art preacher by my lo. of Cov. & Lich. vli. vs.[13]
- He served as a Governor of QEGS for many years, signing the minute book many times[3].
- Thomas Peacock, "our minister", was witness to Will of Richard Shipley, 1627/8 (Lich).
- Dr. Sadler states that he died soon after 19 Aug 1641 and before April 1643[3] so he was not , therefore, the person to great Charles I when he visited Ashbourne after the battle of Naseby. However, both Davies[14] and Lysons', writing at the beginning of the nineteenth century, record the visit[15]. Davies refers to Mr. Peacock showing him round and cited the [stolen] parish register as his source.
1643. William WAYNE.
- 1650 Shown as vicar, Inquisition at Ashbourne, 10 June 1650 (Cox v.II, pp.367-8[5]).
- A. E. Sadler records him as also headmaster of the Grammar School, 1654-9; he resigned from both positions in 1659[3].
- Will of William Waine, Clerk of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, 14 Jul 1660 (Will: TNA PROB 11/299/181). This was written 4 January 1659 (i.e. 1659/60). His wife Dorothy was living, as were his children Joseph, Mary and Elizabeth.
- A rhyming epitaph was written about him : See Ashbourne: Poems about a Derbyshire Town.
—— ?Thomas REDSHAW, Minister, 1659-60.
- He was listed by Jourdain, but has not been found in any other sources[2].
1653. Samuel MOORE.
- Not listed by Cox, Jourdain or Sadler, but is named in Miss Hollick's book[4] and by Fisher[7].
- The Wirksworth Classis met once a month, meeting at Wirksworth on all but three occasions. Subjects ranged from administering the Lord's Supper to non-parishioners, examining potential candidates for ordination and fixing a monthly 'Fast', which was sometimes a monthly lecture. These were held twice at Matlock during this period.

The minutes of the first two and last two meetings of the Wirksworth Classis, as recorded in their minute book:[4]
- These p'sent at the Classicall meeting the said 16 of November, 1658 ...
Mr Sam Moore
Mr. Samuel Moore preached the Classical sermon and was approved[12].

These p'sent at the Classical meeting the said 17 day of November, 1658 ...
Mr Moore
1660. Thomas BROWN.
- Rector, 1660. The Vicar of Wirksworth 1661/2-1676; Vicar of Ashbourne 1662-68
- Became Archdeacon of Derby, 1666. Resigned from the Vicarage of Ashbourne in 1669[3].
1669. Thomas GOODREAD, deceased.
- Venn[16]: Adm. sizar (age 15) at Christ's, Cambridge 18 Mar, 1656-7. S. of John. b. near Giggleswick. School, Giggleswick (Mr Briggs). B.A. 1660-1; M.A. 1664. Head Master of Ashbourne Grammar School, 1666-72. V. of Ashbourne, 1669-1702. Died 1702. M.I. in Ashbourne Church. (Peile, I. 575-)
- 1673 mar Margaret Bakewell 7 Jul 1673 at Snelston (also Marriage Licence, Lich)
- Probate 1702, 2 Oct (Lich), Vicarii de Ashbourne Lich)
See Ashbourne : Queen Elizabeth's Grammar - the Old School, Church Street.
One of only two vicars (up to 1935) commemorated in a mural tablet in the church[3].
1702. John MANSON, resigned.
- Sadler commented on his presentation in the registers. For example, on the verso of the fly leaf he drew the Dedication[12].
- On his resignation he wrote in Latin that he was now returning "in Hiberniam (natale solum); Oct. 25, 1704."
1705. Nathaniel BOOTHOUSE, resigned.
- MA : Cambridge / Emmanuel College. (Vicar : Ashbourne with Mapleton (15 May 1705 - 17 Nov 1719)
- Venn[16]: Adm. sizar at Emmanuel, July 4 1677. Of Derbyshire. Matric. 1678; B.A. 1680-1; M.A. 1684. Ord. deacon (London) Mar. 4, 1682-3; priest (Norwich) May, 1684. V. of Carsington, Derbs., 1688-1704. V. of Gorleston, Suffolk, 1703-4. V. of Ashbourne, Derbs., 1705-17. V of Mapleton, 1705. R. of Kirk Ireton, 1717-8. Father of the next [i.e. Nathaniel B]. (Cox, Churches of Derbs., 11. 395, 460, 513- iv 519[5], Peile, I. 305.)
- [About 1700.] Petition by the inhabitants of Carsington to the Dean of Lincoln for the appointment of Nathaniel Boothouse to the living of Carsington in succession to Malyn Horrobbyn, decd. (Derbyshire RO). As Rev. Boothouse was inducted to Carsington in 1688, the suggested date of 1700 seems a little late.
- Involved in lengthy and acrimonious dispute with Robert Hayward whilst at Carsington.
See: Pedigree of Hayward of Senior Field, Matlock & Carsington
- Buried at St. Oswald's 8 Jul 1718.
- Probate to unadministered Will granted to daughter 1742 at Kirk Ireton (father intestate and John Berisford Esq was to administer, but died before probate completed).
1717. Abraham JEACOCK.
Although Jourdain has Peacock[2], he is shown as Jeacock in all other sources.
- Jeacock, Abraham (1696 - 1736) BA : Oxford / Trinity
- Churches DB Appointments:
- - i. Deacon : 12 Jul 1696 (Lloyd, William/Coventry & Lichfield 1692-1699).
- - ii. Preacher : preacher throughout the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield (13 Jul 1696).
- - iii. Priest : 18 Dec 1697 (Lloyd, William/Coventry & Lichfield 1692-1699).
- - iv. Curate : Birmingham (25 Nov 1700).
- - v. Schoolmaster : Birmingham Free Grammar School (11 Nov 1712).
- - vi. Perpetual Curate : Gnosall (7 Apr 1729 - 19 Jun 1738).
- Mar Ann Moor 2 Mar 1705 Deritend and Bordesley.
- "Abraham Jeacocke from Birmingham was instituted Vicar at Ashbourne 2 Jan 1717" and was a governor of the Grammar School[3]
- 1732 Wife's burial at St. Lawrence, Gnosall: Ann Jeacocke, Mrs 21 Apr 1732 (Minister of Gnosall); died "April 19th 1732 in the 72nd year of her age.." "..laid under the Communion-Table."
- 1738 Burial at St. Lawrence, Gnosall: Abraham Jeacocks, the Rev. Mr. 10 Apr 1738.
- Probate Abrah Jeaacock de Birmingham, 1746, written 30 Mar 1738. Desire that body to be buried by the body of my dear wife under the communion table in the chancel of the church at Gnosall. Probate copy dated 7 Apr 1746.
1719. John BOYDELL
- Churches DB says appointed 17 Nov 1719 and was vicar until 1732, but bur 17 Sep 1731 Ashbourne; probate 19 Oct 1731 (Lich). He was buried in the vestry[3] on 17 Sep 1731. Several of his sermons were preserved.
- Venn[16]: Adm. sizar (age 18) at Peterhouse, Cambridge 11 May 1695. Of Derbyshire. School Derby. Matric 1696; B.A. 1698-9. Ordained deacon (Lichfield) 4 Mar 1699-1700; priest, 21 Sep, 1701. V. Ashbourne 1731-49. V. of Doveridge till 1749. Died 1749. Buried at Mappleton[?].
- Bur Ashbourne 24 Jan 1749
- Probate for Luke Hutchinson Clerk, 22 Mar 1749. Written 20 Aug 1740 (Lich).
1749. John FITZ-HERBERT, and Vicar of Doveridge.
- Venn[16]: Adm. pens, (age 18) at St John's, Cambridge 19 June 1736. S. of William, lawyer, of Tissington, Derbys. b. in Derby. School, Appleby. Matric. 1736; B.A. 1739-40. Migrated to Emmanuel, Aug. 19, 1740. M.A. 1743. Dixie Fellow of Emmanuel, 1740. Ord. deacon (Lincoln) 13 June 1742; priest, May 29, 1743. R. of Doveridge, Derbys., 1741-85. Vicar of Ashbourne, 1750-72. Appointed Master of Ashbourne School, 1752. Married Susanna Peacock. Died c. July, 1785. Brother of William (1731-2). (Scott Mayor, 111. 474; F.M.G., 252.)
- Susanna survived him and left Will, proved Lichfield 9 March 1787.
- Bur Doveridge 23 Jul 1785, aged 67.
- Will of John Fitzherbert of Doveridge, proved 10 Aug 1785.
1772. William WEBB, deceased.
- B.A. : Oxford / Trinity
- 1785. One of several Derbyshire clerics to preach Charity Sermons in aid of Nottingham General Hospital ("Derby Mercury", 24 March 1785).
- 1791, 14 July. The Bishop of Lichfield confirmed more than 1700 persons at St. Oswald's (from the Church registers)[3]
- 1797, 9 March. One of the signatories of the inhabitants of Ashborne, stating their "perfect confidence in the stability of the Bank of England" ("Derby Mercury", 9 March 1797)
- 1804, 9 April. William Webb, the two churchwardens and two overseers signed a court of Quarter Sessions certificate. It was to give permission to and/or certify Richard Massey as a fit and proper person trusted with the business of slaughtering animals, mostly horses, not needed for butcher's meat[12].
- 1805. There had been contributions collected after divine service throughout the land for the relief of Seamen, Soldiers, Widows, Orphans etc., of those killed on active service:
Churches, Chapels and Meetings | Rev. Clergymen who preached | Sums collected
Ashburn, Derbyshire, W. Webb - £42-14s - Contribution Towards the Patriotic Fund (Lloyd's Dec. 17, 1805). ("General Evening Post", 7 January 1806).
Also see: Contributions to the Patriotic Fund, 1854, which discusses the earlier fund.
- Bur 8 Oct 1806 Ashbourne, aged 64 years.
- Probate 20 Mar 1807, died 4 Oct 1806 (Lich).
1806. Samuel SHIPLEY, deceased.
- Bap. Ashbourne 8 Feb 1761, son of Daniel.
- B.A. : Oxford / Oriel Coll., later M.A.
- 1835 Appointed President of the [Ashbourn] Auxiliary Tract Society. The church had just celebrated the first printing of the entire Bible in the English language ("Derby Mercury", 7 October 1835).
- Between 1837 and 1840 the church was repaired, repewed and considerable alterations were made[3].
- "DEATHS. At the Vicarage, Ashbourn, on Thursday, the 7th inst. the Rev. Samuel Shipley, M.A., aged 89, forty-four years Vicar of Ashbourn and Rector of Mappleton" ("Derby Mercury", 13 February 1850).
- Bur Ashbourne 14 Feb 1850 aged 89.
- Will of Reverend Samuel Shipley, Clerk of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, 28 May 1850, PROB 11/2113/368 (available from TNA)
1850. John Richard ERRINGTON, resigned (27 Sep 1808-4 Oct 1882).
- Born Westerfield, Suffolk and baptised there on 9 Nov 1808.
- Venn[16]: 3rd son George Henry, of Westerfield, Suffolk, arm. Worcester Coll. Cambridge, matric. 3 April, 1827, aged 18; B.A. 1831, M.A. 1839, vicar of Ashbourne, with Mapleton 1850-72, hon. canon Worcester 1877, rural dean 1878, rector of Ladbroke, and of Radbourne, co. Worcester, 1872, until his death 4 Oct., 1882.
- When he was appointed to the living, the original vicarage was old and dilapidated so he obtained funds to build a replacement on what is today Belle Vue Road (The Old Vicarage). Until it was ready he is said to have occupied apartments in the town ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 18 Sept., 1896).
- His brother was a generous benefactor to the church, restoring the chancel in the 1870s, and also of the parochial schools ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 16 March 1883).
- Rev. Errington left Ashbourne because of a long illness, and was disappointed that he was unable to attend the re-opening services held not long before he passed away ("Leamington Spa Courier", 21 Oct 1882).
1872. Edward Marsham MOORE, resigned. (1844-5 Sep 1921).
- Baptised 15 Feb 1844 at Frittenden, KEN.
- Venn[16]: 1st son Edward, of Frittenden, near Staplehunt, Kent, clerk. Christ Church Cambridge, matric 17 Oct, 1862, aged 18; B.A. 1867, M.A. 1870, curate of Ashbourne 1867-73, vicar 1872-66, rector of Benefield, Northants, 1876. Became Arch-deacon of Oakham 1906, becoming Rector of Uppingham shortly afterwards. Resigned from both 1918.
- Bur All Saints, Loose, KEN 9 Sep 1921, aged 77.
1876. Alfred OLIVIER (Mar 1833-21 June 1892)
The Rev. Alfred Olivier followed Mr. Moore but his stay was of short duration.
- Educated at Oxford. M.A. 1886.
- Instituted at Ashbourne Nov 1876, late vicar of St. James's, Derby ("Staffordshire Advertiser", 18 November 1876).
- He had a long ministry at Litchurch.
- "Olivier.-On June 21, at The Lea, Grasmere (suddenly), the Rev. Alfred Olivier, M.A., Canon of Southwell, and formerly of St. James and St. Thomas's, in this town, aged 59" ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 23 June 1892).
- bu. 24 June 1892, Old Normanton Churchyard, DBY.
1878Francis JOURDAIN, deceased (1834-21 Jul 1898).
- 3d son of William D. Jourdain of Allten Lodge, Kegworth, LEI. Father earlier of Holloway, Middlesex, gent.
- Educated Pembroke College Oxford matric. 3 June, 1852, B.A. 1856, ordained 1858, M.A. 1859.
- Had been the Curate of St. Phillip's, Hulme, Manchester before becoming the Vicar of Derwent-Woodlands.
- He mar Emily Clay, daughter of Charles Clay, Esq., M.D. of Piccadilly, Manchester on 19 Nov 1862. He had recently become the incumbent at Derwent.
- He became Vicar of Ashbourne on 1 Feb 1878 ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 11 January 1878).
- Supported the National Schools and Chairman of Governors of QEGS. Worked hard to preserve the fabric of the church and on the extensive work of the tower and spire.
- Bur Ashbourne 25 Jul 1898, aged 64.
- See: Derwent, The Old Chapel, about 1867
- Some of his sons were educated at Ashbourne Grammar School and took part in WW1. See: Former Pupils Serving in the Armed Forces in late 1915 and QEGS Roll of Honour, 1919-1922.
1898. Ernest Edwin MORRIS (Canon) (1856-1924)
- Venn[16]: Adm. pens, (age 20 [sic]) at Jesus, Oct. 1874. S. of Henry, Esq. B. [Aug. 30, 1856], at Shrewsbury. School, Shrewsbury (Rev. H. Moss). Matric. Lent, 1875; B.A. 1878; M.A. 1881. Ord. deacon (Lichfield) 1878; priest (Lichfield) 1879; C. of Newbold, Derbys., 1878-80. C. of Bakewell, 1880-90. V. of Blackwell, 1890-8. J. P. for Derbys. V. of Ashbourne with Mapleton, 1898-1924. Hon. Canon of Southwell Cathedral, 1907-1924. Died July 7, 1924, at All Stretton, Shropshire. (Shrewsbury Sell. Reg.; Scott, MSS.; Crockford; Who was Who.)
- Studied at Ely Theological College, 1878.
- 1890 - Vicar of Blackwell. He was shown living at Blackwell in Kelly's 1891 Directory of Derbyshire.
- He passed away suddenly at All Stretton, the home of his brother.
- There is a photograph of him in The Mansion's garden when a group from Matlock Church visited Ashbourne.
1924. Francis Longsdon SHAW (1 Mar 1871-25 March 1949)
- educated at Repton and Trinity College Cambridge. Ordained 1894. - Former Rector and Rural Dean of Eyam.
- 1924 - "The Rev. Francis L. Shaw M.A., the vicar of Chesterfield, has accepted the living of Ashbourne, vacant by the death of Canon E. Morris" ("Sheffield Daily Telegraph,", 22 July 1924). To Start in October.
- 1935 - Canon Shaw tenders his resignation as Vicar of Ashbourne, owing to ill health. To take effect from Jun quarter 1936 ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 27 December 1935).
- 1949 - "The death has occurred at the age of 78 of Canon Francis Longsdon Shaw, Canon of Derby Cathedral... " ("Nottingham Journal", 8 March 1949).
- Bur 28 Mar 1949 in Yorkshire.
1935. Philip Charles Thurlow CRICK (Bishop) (1882-12 July 1937)
Rt. Rev. Bishop Philip Charles Thurlow Crick, Assistant Bishop of Derby and Vicar of Ashbourne ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 3 July 1936). Dr. Crick was formerly the Bishop of Ballarat, AUS.
- Awarded a Stwart of Rannock Scholarship in Greek and Latin whilst at Pembroke College, Cambridge ("Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer", 3 July 1936).
- Resigned Jul 1937 on medical advice and passed away shortly afterwards.
- "Arrangements have been completed for memorial service Ashbourne Parish Church to-morrow for the Right Rev. Bishop P. C. T. Crick, whose death occurred at Chichester on Monday. He was 54" ("Derby Daily Telegraph" 14 July 1937. Crick Memorial Service to be held at Ashbourne).
1937. Alfred Ellis FARROW, M.A. (10 Jul 1882-19 Sep 1971)
- Canon Farrow had previously served at St. Cuthbert's Sheffield, arriving there in 1912 and being appointed Vicar in 1918 ("Sheffield Independent", 2 August 1937).
- The Rev. Alfred E. Farrow, who was recently appointed the benefice of Ashbourne in succession to the late Bishop P. T. C. Crick, was formally inducted to the living by the rural dean at special service held at Ashbourne ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 21 October 1937).
- Became hon. canon of Derby Cathedral in 1941 ("Derbyshire Times 24 January 1941").
- Moved to Spondon.
1949. Claude Charles Wollaston TRENDELL (1892-1972).
- Graduate of Claire College Cambridge. Ordained 1915.
- Had previously been vicar of Longstone.
- 1949 - He was to be inducted 14 December ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 1 December 1949)
- 1957 - He announced that he was resigning for health reasons. He held the living of the smaller parish of Doveridge and had accepted the smaller parish ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 29 March 1957).
1957. Frederick John Henry LISEMORE (16 Jul 1911-7 March 2003)
- Educated St. Catherine's College, Oxford University and trained for the Ministry at Ripon Hall. In WW2 chaplain of the Forces and was at the Dunkirk evacuation. Later went to India and Burma.
- Became Vicar of St. Nicholas', Radford, Coventry, in September 1948 and appointed to the living of Ashbourne in 1957. He was to take up his new appointment in the middle of October ("Coventry Evening Telegraph", 29 August 1957).
- 13 years at Ashbourne. Then instituted Vicar of St Wystan's Repton and St Saviour's Foremark at Repton in 1970 ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 17 December 1970).
- Retired 1977.
1971. William Gerald ARMSTRONG (1931?-20 Jul 1992)
- Read Theology at University of Nottingham. He won a scholarship in sociology at Oxford. Ordained at York 1960 ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 22 December 1970).
- He had been vicar of Charlesworth since 1964 and was to take up appointment at St. Oswald's before Easter 1971.
- 1992 - "Rev William Gerald Armstrong a former Vicar of Ashbourne has died aged 61. Mr Armstrong who succeeded the Rev Canon Freddie Lisemore at St Oswald's served as Rector of Ashbourne with Mappleton (and with Clifton 1970-73) Vicar 1970-75." ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 20 August 1992)
- Died 6 Oct 1972 at Sherringham, NFK.
1976. David Henry SANSUM
1998. Michael SMITH
- Induction and installation of the Rev Michael Smith as Vicar of Ashbourne with Mapleton was to be held in St Oswald's Parish Church on Thursday July 16 ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 29 April 1998).
- Duncan BALLARD

The Kniveton and Bradbourne Chantries and their Chaplains"[1]

The Kniveton Chantry.
Thomas Daukyn was the first chaplain, and was instituted in 1393 on the presentation of the rector of Norbury.
Thomas Russell was the last priest, obtaining a pension of £4 in the reign of Phillip and Mary.
The Lysons say this chantry was founded at the altar of St. Mary in the reign of Richard II.[15]

The Chantry of St. Oswald, founded by the Bradbournes.
The following institutions were found in the Episcopal Registers:
1484. Christopher Puce ; patrons John and Ann Bradbourn.
1509. Robert Hazihurst ; patron, Humphrey Bradbourn. On the death of C. P.
1540. Thomas Stone ; patron Humphrey Bradbourn. On the death of R. H.
1542. Edward Bennett ; patrons, William Bradbourn, Thomas Leghe, and Phillip Bennett. On the resignation of T. S. Bennett obtained a pension of £5 from Queen Mary.

Additional notes and references:

[1] *Extracts, with some additions, from: Cox, J. Charles (1879), "Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, vol. IV" pub. Chesterfield: Palmer and Edmunds, London: Bemrose and Sons, 10 Paternoster Buildings; and Derby. Addenda, Second volume pp.513-4.

[2] Jourdain, Rev. Francis. This was compiled by the late Rev. Francis Jourdain, M.A., Vicar of Ashbourne, for publication in the 1899 "Ashbourne Annual," and printed in his Guide to the Parish Church. From: Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 December 1923.

[3] Sadler, Ernest. (1934) "A Guide to Ashburne (St. Oswald's) Parish Church, Derbyshire ...", published by J. H. Henstock and Son, Ashbourne

[4] Hollick, K. M. (1964) "The Parish Church of St. Oswald" Published by the Avian Press Ltd.

[5] *Extracts, with some additions, from: Cox, J. Charles (1877), "Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, vol. II" pub. Chesterfield: Palmer and Edmunds, London: Bemrose and Sons, 10 Paternoster Buildings; and Derby. pp.363-401.
A footnotes at the bottom of p.363 states that several particulars were taken from an ancient Chartulary at Lincoln, entitled— "Carte tangentes Decanatu Ecclie Beate Marie Lincoln", relating chiefly to Derbyshire (Ashbourne and it chapelries ff.18-87). Latin transcripts are in the back of the volume. He also refers to Add.MMS. These are the Wolley Manuscripts and various references to Ashbourne can be found in the Derbyshire section on this website.

[6] Derbyshire Archaeological Journal (1932), volume 53. Derbyshire clergy: additions to the Rev. J. C. Cox's lists. Godfrey, W. E. A. (pp. 25-38).

[7] Fisher, F. N. (1948) Supplementary Derbyshire clergy list. Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, (vol 68, p. 51). Amongst his sources is Darley Abbey Cartulary, ed. R. R. Darlington ....... (Darl)

[8] Glover, Stephen (1833) "The History and Gazetteer of the County of Derby ..." Edited by T. Noble. pub. Derby and London. Henry III reigned from 1216-72.

[9] Derbyshire Archaeological Journal (1935), volume 56. Derbyshire clergy list II. Godfrey, W. E. A (pp. 001-007).

[10] Yeatman, John Pym (1890) Feudal History of the County of Derby. Sec VI, p.314. Roll VII. Pleas Tempe Edward I.

[11] Hobson, (1839) "The history and topography of Ashbourn, the valley of the Dove : and the Adjacent Villages" ....

[12] From: "Three Centuries of Derbyshire Annals", by Charles J. Cox, LL.D., F.S.A Vol I. (1890) pub. London: Bemrose and Sons, 23 Old Bailey; and Derby (pp.332-4). Pecocke ref p.251, Moore ref p.334. Also vol. II

[13] Derbyshire Archaeological Journal (1884), volume 6. An Elizabethan clergy list of the Diocese of Lichfield. Cox, J. C. (pp. 157-180).

[14] Davies, David Peter (1811) "History of Derbyshire" pub. S. Mason, Belper. See Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811 (A) (scroll down to Ashbourne).

[15] Lysons, Rev Daniel and Samuel Lysons Esq. (1817) "Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire" London: Printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and G. and A. Greenland, Poultry. They note the King's visit in 1645, quoting Sir John Gell's Narrative, M.S., but do not say who the vicar was.

[16] Venn, J. A. "Alumni Cantabrigienses; a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge", pub Cambridge University Press.

[17] CCEd. The Church of England Database has been used to fill in some of the gaps.

Related pages:

St. Oswald's, exterior

St. Oswald's, interior

Church Walk

Ashbourne is mentioned in the following on-site transcripts:

Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811, Parishes A
The Glossary of Terms is also useful.

The Gentleman's Magazine Library, 1731-1868. See p.5 under Public Edifices and Seats.
Also: The Gentleman's Magazine Library, 1731-1868, p.7 History, p.10 Eminent Natives.
Also: The Gentleman's Magazine Library, 1731-1868, p.11-12.

The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire section

Newspaper extract transcribed by Ann Andrews.
Page researched by and © Ann Andrews, a former pupil at QEGS.