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Rev'd William Wight of Harbury
Being born in London in 1809, the Rev’d William Wight had seen first hand the conditions its inhabitants had to live in. He viewed London as an example of what was ...
Parson v Parishioners in the Parish of Wixford
One of the best-known features of the little church of St Milburga in the scattered hamlet of Wixford near Alcester, is the enormous yew tree outside the south porch. In ...
Moultrie, Hayman and Rhoades: Part Two
(Continued from part one) The disagreement between Rhoades and Moultrie came out of the blue on Christmas morning 1872 when the rector wrote a peremptory note to his curate: Dear Rhoades, I ...
Moultrie, Hayman and Rhoades: Part One
John Moultrie is probably Rugby’s most gifted and prolific 19th century poet, though now rarely read and to most not even a vaguely remembered name. He was an upholder of ...
Spooky Goings-on in Stockton
Most of this has been told to me by my Dad who lived in Stockton, and has been passed down via his parents, grandparents and other ancestors. My uncle (Mr. Syd ...
Archdeacon Colley of Stockton
Archdeacon Colley was rector of Stockton from 1901-1912 and a splendid eccentric who produced the unique children’s Speak Pipe. Locals mention that Rectory Close used to be called ‘The Radical’ after ...
The Children's 'Speak Pipe' in Stockton
Archdeacon Colley, rector of Stockton, created a fascinating feature in his garden called a speak pipe that connected his summerhouse to children down below. He offered a reward to children for ...
John Sandford, Vicar of Dunchurch
John Sandford (1801-1873) came from a typical upper-middle class family which included university professors, bishops, archdeacons, military men and holders of civil posts in government and education at home and ...
The Mystery of Nuneaton's African Chiefs: Part One
In the middle of Nuneaton parish churchyard lies a substantial flat stone memorial to the mid 19th Century clergyman, Canon Robert Savage. The tombstone, like so many in our graveyards, ...
The Mystery of Nuneaton's African Chiefs: Part Two
In part one, I gave the background to my hunt for George Mandyoli Konah Macomo. In this section, I deal with his time in Nuneaton. Sir George Grey’s decision to send these ...
The Mystery of Nuneaton's African Chiefs: Part Three
In the previous section, I looked at the chiefs’ time in Nuneaton. This section concludes the story. Savage’s son Alfred, who would have been 12 years old when the chiefs arrived, had ...
Recipe Against the Bite of a Mad Dog
In 1735, the Revd George Hammond of Hampton Lucy ordered that a recipe against ‘the Bite of a Mad Dog’ be registered in the parish register ‘for the Service of ...
'Usurped Authority' in Civil War Rowington
For me, it is the seemingly incidental comments captured in records that really bring history to life. Most of the history of the Civil Wars and Commonwealth in England as ...
The Townsend Family of Kings Newnham and Church Lawford - Part Two
In part one, I introduced the Townsends, setting a little context for the family and the collection of their records now held at Warwickshire County Record Office. In this section, ...
The Reverend Peter Bellinger Brodie and the Warwickshire Museum
Warwickshire Museum and its geological collections owe much to the Reverend Peter Bellinger Brodie. Peter was born in 1815 and grew up in London where his father was a barrister. Peter’s ...
The Pope Visits Baginton
Were you there, when on May 30th 1982 Pope John Paul II visited Baginton Airfield in Warwickshire? Many were, and this was certainly an event like no other. Clearly the visit ...
Churchwardens' Account Book, Coughton 1729
Churchwardens are lay officials who have been in charge of the routine running and maintenance of parish churches in perpetuity. Their records account for income and expenditure and there are some ...
Christopher George Squirrell and Warwick Street Methodist Chapel
Christopher George Squirrell was born in Ipswich around 1844, where he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a watchmaker. He had however, been preaching since he was 16 and at ...
Henry Wise and St. Gregory's Church, Offchurch
Henry Wise was about 37 when he inherited Warwick Priory in 1810. Five years before this he had become the Vicar of St. Gregory’s Church, and continued there until his ...
Children in a Brailes Church, a Dispute over Behaviour
National Children’s Day is celebrated in May, and an appropriate topic with a Warwickshire link is this letter, which was sent by Mr. J. H. Long to the minister of ...
Rev'd Cotterell, Vicar of Ansley and Polesworth
In January 1747 the Reverend Cotterell, vicar of Polesworth, died at Polesworth, aged 77. Some kindly person decided that ‘it would be injustice to the memory of so valuable a person’ ...
A Third Sex? Gender Anxiety and Midlands Clergy
The concept of a ‘third sex’, or a gender identity other than male or female, is well established in many cultures around the world; these include Hijra in India, Two-Spirit ...
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