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 (by reason of the late voidance of the bishopric of Durham)
 The Bandit  priest!  See the ‘Crime’ section of the website. One of four brothers (including Robert Bretoun/Breton, sheriff of Lincolnshire) involved in a fracas at Wold Newton where a ‘close’ which is the property of King Edward II’s brother, Edmund, Earl of Kent, is ransacked by the Bretouns and several others as part of the general upheaval and rebellions towards the end of Edward’s reign.  Possibly why his recorded tenure is not long  The Registers of Bishop Burghersh, 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, possibly due to the ravages of the Black Death which devastated the population of Lincolnshire around this time, 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.  (Of slight interest is the record of 'JOHN DE DALTON DE WODENEUTON' being instituted to the church of Eresby with chapel of Spilsby in 1343, the patron being John de Wilughby, 1st lord of Eresby. He dies 1349.)

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

Appears in LRS vol 81 paying 'clerical poll tax' in 1377 and 1381, with 'Peter' recorded as 'parochial chaplain'

1382 Thomas de Hedon The Bishop of Durham
The first to be appointed by John Fordham on his succession 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 three years leave of non-residence by his Diocesan Bishop (Repingdon) 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 Stevens
The Bishop of Durham
The Bishop of Durham    

Given as incumbent of Wold Newton 1417-18 when also allowed three years non-residence for study according to Bp Repingdon’s registers. Normally an indication that he needed to obtain some education to be able to carry out priestly duties.

        John Wryght

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 kept his head down during the Lincolnshire Uprising of October 1536 as he remained in post for another 21 years.  In Land Tax assessments of this period in the village, a William Hennage alone is assessed on the value of lands rather than goods. Are they the same?    Anthony Hennege is witness to the Wills of William Wright and John More father and son in this period.   Henry Skepper is recorded as a curate in 1551 with Hennage still in place

1557 Henry Dilcocke Francis Aiscogh, Knight Thomas Icliffe, Yeoman
Dilcocke's will is in the Archives at Lincoln, to be researched.  Aiscogh presumably part of the local family of influence, Edward Aiscough acquires land in the village in 1570,  and  when Elias Petley, priest below, dies, his probate inventory records that his library is in an Aiscough house. 

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.  John Sylvester recorded as a curate in residence in 1572, Robert Bryan in 1573 in the respective Liber Cleri for each year.

1576 Thomas Pilkington The Queen Elizabeth
See ‘A Pilkington Pickle’.  Certainly resident. The Clergy Database has conflicting records, apparently showing his (?temporary?) replacement by one John Calfhill, apparently instituted in 1597 according to the register of Bishop Chaderton.  But Pilkington gives the first full ‘terrier’ of the priest’s landholdings in the village, dated to 1613, and recorded in the registers. He is also recorded as incumbent in the Liber Cleri of 1602 (where the church and chancel is recorded as being “owt of repayre and the lead sold through the fault of the parson and parishioners”),  1603 and 1607 (where he is recorded as ‘preaches, but refuses to exhibit the license’).

1615 William Richardson

1619 Thomas Peir The Bishop of Durham

Richard Sansam recorded as a curate in 1623.

1625               Rowland Juxon                   The Bishop of Durham  Source is the online Clergy Database quoting PRO E331 Lincoln/6 (Returns to First Fruits office) during Bishop John Williams’ time at Lincoln. His education recorded as being at St John’s Coll Oxford around 1608 with an incumbency at Radnage in Bucks  between 1609 and 1613.  Another Juxon educated at St John’s around 1606, William, went on to be Bishop of London and Abp of Canterbury 1660-3. Squire Wright, a  St John’s man himself, found in his research that they were probably cousins. He did not record him in his list, although his primary source for information was Canon CW Foster, who records in the introduction to LRS vol 23 ‘State of the Church’ that the Lincoln Bishop’s registers have large gaps at this period, probably due to Civil War or Commonwealth activity. It seems probable that Juxon and Petley were both of the pro-Laud group, whereas Bishop Williams, later Abp of York, was  opposed to him.   

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?  If he was of Laud’s party, then he would have wanted to restore and maintain the church. Baptisms of his children appear in the parish registers.  He is mentioned in other records as acting as a schoolmaster with pupils resident in his house. His probate inventory after death records his library (valued at £12) being held at the house of one Edward Aiscough, possibly the incumbent at Hatcliffe and North Thoresby, and also farm animals and crops. He is one of the few incumbents to be recorded as buried in Wold Newton.

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,  which has him as Rustat. The Liber Cleri for 1662 records both Rustat and Carrington as Rector of Would Newton, with a margin note of one Arthur Stevens as curate.

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.   Supplies a good record of local customs in the terrier submitted to the diocese regarding the priestly income from tithes and land-holding in the village. 

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.  It seems likely that somewhere around this time the Rectory was vacated, as Parkenson is also Rector of Healing. The Yarborough estate map of 1776, showing the effects of Enclosure, records no glebe land in the parish. He signs the registers until 1780, between then and Grantham’s appearance in 1788 there is no priestly signature to the annual records.                                                               Curate 1788 - 1820 John Grantham  who was also Stipendiary Curate at Ashby cum Fenby, and Vicar of Cadney with Howsham 1787-20 and Waithe  1815-20   

1793 Edward Ellison The Bishop of Durham

 A note in the Register book shows he is inducted by John Grantham, titled as ‘Vicar of Cadney’. Grantham continues to sign the annual registers until 1820.  Ellison died in post, but doesn’t feature in the registers, so perhaps is absent from the parish.   

1795 Thomas Ellison The Bishop of Durham
Also died in post. Wold Newton not good for the health of the Ellison family.  He likewise does not sign any of the registers.

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, leaving Wold Newton to his curates, giving it up in 1832 before his death in 1835.  He never signs the registers.

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."

No signatures in the Registers.  Had disputes with the Yarborough Estate firstly to reclaim the glebe land in the parish which had been lost when the estate was ‘enclosed’ approx 1770, subsequently reinstated at the back of the new Rectory and secondly concerning the value of the Tithes. 

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 valued 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."

Curate 1842-55 Woodthorpe Johnson   Mostly signs the registers.  Subsequently Rector of Grainsby

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?  WMW's research has them as third cousins twice removed!   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, near 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 Pulborough 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, Lincolnshire, 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 before being sadly destroyed when hit by a trailer of straw bails in 2017.

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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