Rectors and Patrons

Date Name of Rector Patron of Benefice Curate

1235 Roger de Jackesham The Bishop of Lincoln (Robert Grosseteste
Jackesham could have been a favourite of the Bishop's, as he is appointed with the Bishop as Patron in the first year of Grosseteste's tenancy, and subsequently appears in the Rotuli (the Records of the Bishop) as a member, albeit not of the most common frequency, of the Bishop's court at Buckden, witnessing appointments and decisions. He obviously did not stay long as Rector.

1238 Thomas de Sutton The King Henry III
Names also given as 'Sutthun' and 'Gutto'.

1247 Alexander de Bransfeld
Convent of Durham

1278 Roger de Askeby The Bishop of Durham

1279 Hugh de Wyleghby The Bishop of Durham
Should this be Willoughby – and is this the start of the Willoughby connection with the Parish? He subsequently moved to Willoughby in the Marsh. The Willoughby family, who had land holdings in the Parish, first came to prominence at Willoughby in the Wolds, in Nottinghamshire. The Bishop of Durham at this stage is Robert of Holy Island.

1291 Philip de Wylgby The Bishop of Durham
As before, may be Willoughby. The Bishop of Durham now is Anthony Bek, a noted Crusader and important figure in the Royal Court, amongst whose descendants are the Willoughby D'Eresby family of Grimthorpe.

1305 Henry de Lusceby The Bishop of Durham
Figures in the Dugdale records of the priory of Alvingham and North Ormsby, with links to the Bec family at Eresby and Spilsby.

1318 Guy Bretoun The King Edward II
Didn't last long.  [These notes were made before the publication by the Lincoln Records Society of the Registers of Bishop Burghersh, which had not previously been available and were not available to WM Wright when he drew up the list of Rectors and Patrons pictured above.  The registers record, "The presentation of Guy Bretoun to the church of Waldeneweton" on 6th November 1318.  They also explain why the patronage has changed from the Bishop of Durham to the king, vis, "the late voidance of the Bishopric of Durham."]

1319 John de Wellwyk
Seems a long incumbency; records may be incomplete. Otherwise he is the priest when the font is dedicated in 1341 -ish. The Patron is not recorded?  

1357 Robert Skyre The Bishop of Durham
A period of very swift changeovers, during the Durham bishopric of Thomas Hatfield 1345-1381.

1358 John Clerevaus The Bishop of Durham
May have been a stepping stone, as a John Clerevaus appears later in Norfolk, in 1378 as Master of the Hospital at Beck, and also as Prebend of Yatesbury in Salisbury Diocese, again in 1378, having exchanged the church of Banham in Norfolk to gain it. Equally, Clerevaus (Clairvaux?) is a French monastery sending monks into England and a small manor in Huntingdonshire of the name of this family.

1359 Henry Hay
Walter de Wyom
The Bishop of Durham
The Bishop of Durham
Could this be Wyham, nearby?

1373 William Hannay The Bishop of Durham

1382 Thomas de Hedon The Bishop of Durham
The first to be appointed by John Fordham on his sucession to the see of Durham. Did he retain some interest in Wold Newton, as after he is transferred to Ely i,n 1388, he obtains the services of John Fendorn, see below, and also appoints as Patron his successor, for some reason. Are Thomas, Richard and Stephen all related or all from Heddon/Howden?

1382 Richard de Hedon
Stephen Houden
The Bishop of Durham
The Bishop of Durham
If he was from Howden, it would be a possible, if tenuous, link to the then Bishop of Durham, Walter Skirlaugh, born in Skirlaugh in East Yorkshire not far from Beverley.

1391 Thomas de Paleste The Bishop of Durham

1392 Robert Halle The Bishop of Durham

1396 John Fendorn The Bishop of Durham
Was given leave by his Diocesan Bishop of Lincoln to go and serve the Bishop of Ely, John Fordham, a former Bishop of Durham, (who ordained him?)

1407 Walter Byrchemore The Bishop of Ely
Still John Fordham, Bishop of Ely until 1425.

1417 William Popeler
John Wryght
The Bishop of Durham
The Bishop of Durham

1434 Thomas Thorp
John Hood
The Bishop of Durham

1443 Nicholas Bowey The Bishop of Durham

1453 William Thorp The Bishop of Durham

1455 John Watkynson
William Robyns
The Bishop of Durham

1475 Thomas Hall The Bishop of Durham

1477 John Gornay The Bishop of Durham

1481 John Smyth The Bishop of Durham

1507 Anthony Hennage The King Henry VII
An offshoot of the local landowning family? Favourites of the monarchy, a relative was granted the lands of the priory at North Ormsby in the Dissolution of the Monasteries.  He presumably either kept his head down during the Lincolnshire Uprising of October 1536 as he remained in post for another 21 years.

1557 Henry Dilcocke Francis Aiscogh Knight Thomas Icliffe Yeoman
Dilcocke's will is in the Archives at Lincoln, to be researched.

1566 Richard Longworth The Bishop of Durham
A Professor of Theology at Cambridge. The Durham Bishop at this time is James Pilkington, of the Lancashire family who had a brother who was Principal of a Cambridge College. Perhaps unlikely he was a resident priest.

1576 Thomas Pilkington The Queen Elizabeth
See ‘A Pilkington Pickle’.

1615 William Richardson

1619 Thomas Peir The Bishop of Durham

1626 Elias Petley The Bishop of Durham
Author of a translation, at the request of Archbishop Laud, of the Book of Common Prayer into Greek. So from having been in the 'in-crowd', when a young man in London, what caused his lengthy exile to Wold Newton (he does sign the Registers himself)? Or was it a safe place to keep his head down during the Civil War – if the Church was already in ruins?

1661 Theophilus Rusta The Bishop of Durham
Died in post and appears to have been alternating with Carrington between Wold Newton and Old Dalby, according to the Clergy Database.

1663 Timothy Carrington The Bishop of Durham
He and the Thompsons are incumbents when William Welfitt is squire of the village, yet holds the incumbencies of Swinhope and Beelsby. The Wold Newton rectory is given as being in poor repair. The Clergy Database appears fairly confused about his movements, giving two appointments to Wold Newton in 1662 and 1663, along with an appointment as teacher at the Wragby Free School in 1662, and an appointment to Old Dalby as vicar in 1663, and appointment as Curate at Thoresway in 1666. William Maurice Wright observes in a letter in the Dixon collection in the Lincoln Archives that if he was born in 1642, as his correspondent suggests, then the 'strict rules regarding age at ordination and appointment must have been much relaxed' following the Restoration, with a shortage of properly ordained priests.

1708 Richard Thomson The Bishop of Durham
MA Edinburgh. Also Vicar of Riby 1706-34, Hawerby cum Beesby 1707–19, North Thoresby 1719-38, and maybe Thoresway. Confusingly the Clergy Database also records his death in 1719!

1719 William Thompson The Bishop of Durham
Appears to have died in post.

1721 James Boad The Bishop of Durham
Surname on the database given as Baad. MA Edinburgh, deacon 1714 and priest 1716 by the Archbishop of York, curate of Ludborough 1718, Rector of Hawerby 1719 – 44, Vicar of Little Coates 1719 – 21, Rector of Wold Newton 1721 – 44, died in post 7/1/1744.

1744 John Stephen Masson The Bishop of Durham
Apparently instituted to Scredington and Wold Newton on 7/1/1744, held Wold Newton till 4/6/1745, instituted as Vicar of Swaton 18/3/1745 – 1777.

1745 Robert Alcock The Bishop of Durham Paul Lidgitt
BA Cambridge, Ordained Deacon 1737 and Priest 1740 by Reynolds, Bishop of Lincoln, appointed to Wold Newton 4/6/1745 until death in 12/11/1751. Had Paul Lidgitt as Curate, appointed 24/8/1745, (appointed curate of Thoresway same date according to Clergy Database).

1751 John Parkenson The Bishop of Durham
Appointed 12/11/1751 until death 11/5/1793, also Rector of Healing 3/4/1752 until 1793.

1793 Edward Ellison The Bishop of Durham

1795 Thomas Ellison The Bishop of Durham
Also died in post. Wold Newton not good for the health of the Ellison family.

His death, under the pseudonym of John Ellison, was reported on 27th January 1807 in The Hull Packet - "On Monday last, aged 76, the Rev. John Ellison, rector of Wold Newton, in Lincolnshire, perpetual curate of Shotley, curate of St. Nicholas, in Newcastle, (which office he held upwards of fifty years) chaplain to the Infirmary, and Secretary to the Society of the Sons of the Clergy; much respected and regretted."

1807 Bernard Gilpin The Bishop of Durham 1813 John Grantham
1822-43 Henry W. Powell
Grantham and Powell are Stipendiary curates of Asbby cun Fenby and both resident curate there. Grantham’s stipend was £50, also serves Brigsley. Powell’s Wold Newton stipend was £60 pa with 'surplice fees'. Gilpin has another parish in Hertfordshire where he possibly lives.

1832 Henry Millen The Bishop of Durham 1842-55 Woodthorpe Johnson
The Clergy Database has surname as Mitton. Woodthorpe Johnson is subsequently Rector of Grainsby.

His death was reported on 2nd September 1854 in The Standard - "On the 30th ult., at Market Weighton, in the 73rd year of his age, the Rev. Henry Mitton, Rector of Harswell, Yorkshire, and of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire."

The Lincolnshire Wolds in the Nineteenth Century by Charles Rawding has him down as Henry Milton, as follows:  "At Wold Newton, the rector, Henry Milton, who lived at Market Weighton in Yorkshire, was unable to come to an agreement with Lord Yarborough's agent about the value of the tithes.  Milton's surveyor had values the parish at £720 per annum.  Yarborough's agent did not dispute this figure but said, 'It is raised to that value by the high state of cultivation it is now found in ... [as a result] ... the Tithe owner ought not to receive any increased value of his tithes on that account."  Milton argued that the parish was worth £400 per annum in 1807, i.e. before the improvements in husbandry and that therefore £500 was a reasonable sum to ask.  This was rejected.  An increasingly desperate rector wrote to the bishop suggesting that the Assistant Tithe Commissioner had been 'tampered with'.  He tried to get the bishop to speak against the Commutation Bill as it passed through the Lords, the implication here being that Lord Yarborough was using all his influence in favour of his farmers.  The valuation was not finally agreed on until 1842."

1854 Charles Langley Maltby The Bishop of Durham 1848-55 Archibald Paris
1858-60 E. Bates
The Bishop of Durham was Edward Maltby – a relative? Maltby built the first Rectory on its current site?

1859 George Wingfield Bourke The Bishop of Durham
The Bishop of Durham was Charles Thomas Longley, father in law of Bourke (whose son subsequently became Earl of Mayo.) Bourke organised the building of the current church, and its consecration by Longley, by then Archbishop of Canterbury. Nepotism is ok. One child born and died in Wold Newton.

His departure from Wold Newton was reported on 26th February 1866 in The Pall Mall Gazette - "The Archbishop of Canterbury has nominated the Hon. and Rev. George Wingfield Bourke, M.A., of University College, Durham, fourth son of the Earl of Mayo, to the Rectory of Coulsdon, newr Croydon, rendered vacant by the preferment of the Rev. J. R. Hall, M.A., to the rectory of Hunton. [...] The Rectory of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire, has become vacant by the preferment of the Hon. and Rev. G. W. Bourke, M.A. It is worth £500 a year, and is in the gift of the Bishop of Durham."

Bourke died as Rector of ? in Sussex/Kent.

1866 John Moss Webb The Bishop of Lichfield
His death was reported in the Morning Post on 13th July 1874 - "WEBB. -On the 9th inst., at No. 4, Victoria-road, Old Charlton, S.E., the residence of his brother-in-law, J. E. T. Parratt, Esq., inpector-general of hospitals, the Rev. John Moss Webb, rector of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire, eldest son of the late Sir John Webb, K.C.H., C.B., &c., director-general of the Ordnance Medical Department, aged fifty-nine."

1874 John Frederick Lloyd The Bishop of Lichfield
His death was reported on 18th September 1875 in Jackson's Oxford Journal - "Sept. 8, aged 64, the Rev. John Frederick Lloyd, Rector of Wold, Newton, Linolnshire, son of the late Bartholomew Lloyd, D.D., formerly Provost of Trinity College, Dublin."

1875 Charles Bird Jackson The Bishop of Lichfield
A splendidly pompous Victorian, who gained a mention in 'The Times' when rebuked for berating some of the village youth hanging around outside the Rectory gates when they failed to remove their hats as he approached. He organised the inscription presented to William Wright ('The Squire') on attaining his majority in 1894, “on your being called to this high office”. Also died in post. The Squire returned the compliment by installing the window next to the pulpit in the church in his memory.

His appointment was reported on 24th December 1875 in the Nottinghamshire Guardian - "Rev Charles Bird Jackson; Rector of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield."

His death was reported on 14th August 1895 in the Morning Post - "Jackson -On the 10th inst., at Wold Newton, the Rev. Charles Bird Jackson, M.A. Oxon., rector of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire, aged seventy-four."

An obituary was published on 14th August 1895 in The Standard - 'The Rev. C. Bird Jackson, Rector of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire, who died on the 10th inst., at Wold Newton, at the age of seventy-four, was the eldest son of the Rev. John Jackson, Vicar or Over, Cheshire, and was educated at Oxford, where he was Somerset Scholar and Hulmeian Exhibitioner of Brasenose College. He graduated in 1843, was ordained in 1845, and from 1848 to 1875 was Vicar of Northwood, Staffordshire. He was presented in 1875 to the Lord Chancellor's living of Wold Newton, near Great Grimsby. Mr. Jackson was author of a volume of "Lent Sermons on Last Words from the Cross".'

His record in the Brasenose College Register is as follows - "Jackson, Charles Bird (Chesh.). Com. Matr. cler. 22 May 1839, aged 18; Somerset Sch. 1840; Church Sch. 1841; Hulme Ex. 1842; B.A. 1843; M.A. and rem. 1846. Eight 1842. V. of Northwood, Staffs., 1848-75; R. of Wold Newton, Lincs., 1875-95; died 10 Aug. 1895. WORK: Lent Sermons on Last Words from the Cross, 1881."

1896 Edward Rivaz Fagan The Queen Victoria
A staunch ally of the Squire in matters Anglo-Catholic. Appointed to Wold Newton from a parish in London. His son subsequently became Rector of North Thoresby.

His appointment was reported on 28th November 1895 in The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post - "Rev E. A. Fagan, M.A., rector of Wold Newton, Lincolnshire."

1916 Bertram E. Bettison
The Carpenter Priest. Came to Wold Newton from Swinhope. A skilled carpenter/joiner, couples whom he married or favoured were frequently given cabinets or display cases, examples of which are in the Langmore and Scallows and Glebe Cottage? His son, also Bertram, caused the fire in the old Rectory when keeping chickens upstairs under heaters, one of which fell over, the ensuing fire destroying the house. While the current (now Old) Rectory was being built, Bettison built a wooden shed in the Rectory grounds for he and his family to live in, the shed being bought by Bob Dale when Bettison's moved back into the rebuilt Rectory, and taken down to North Farm and used as an office there for a few decades.

A.H. Howard

1958 F.G.Whatmough

1967 John B.C.Hordern
Also died in post. A cousin of Sir Michael Hordern, the actor.

1972 S. W. Goodman
Appointed as Rector, and the last to live in the Rectory before it was sold off by the Diocese. On retirement, lived initially in Rectory Cottage, and still led services in the Church for some years, before moving into Louth. A Canon of Lincon Cathedral, and (before he came to Wold Newton) a former chairman of the Lindsey Rural District Council

1989 Wold Newton became part of the Binbrook group of parishes.
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