Sedgebrook - Lincolnshire, Church of St Lawrence


Church of St Lawrence

a parish in the Union of Newark and Wapentake of Loveden.



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Dorothy Markham 1495, the daughter of Sir John Markham, (The Upright Judge), Chief Justice of the King's Bench on her incised slab in Sedgebrook Church. Permission to use this picture kindly granted from the Monumental Brass Society. "Monumental Brass Society Website"



A List of the Vicars of Sedgebrook

(this list has been compiled with the help of the "Clergy of the Church of England Database," Hugh Taggart's own book on Sedgebrook Church and the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni's plus my own research).

The list is divided into two, number 1 in brackets refers to the 1st Mediety and number 2 in brackets refers to the second Mediety.


1219 ----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] William of Seggebroc, Clerk.
Rotuli Hugonis de Welles - episcopi lincolniensispart 3
[Mandate to W. Archdeacon of Lincoln to induct William de Sedgebrook into the mediety of the church of Sedgebrook]
1263 ----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Master Gilbert of Norton.

1267 [1] Benedict of Eye, Subdeacon,
Eye Priory Cartulary & Charters Part 2 pg 39
Instituted to the moiety of the priory's living on 17 October 1267 and acting as the prior's attorney in 1278.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Richard of Suddon, Subdeacon.

1281-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] John of Helpeston
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Roger de la More, Subdeacon.
from the Rolls and Registers of Bishop Oliver Sutton 1280-1299 Vol 39 Roger de la More subd., p by the P & C of Eye to the mediaety of the church of Sedgebrook vacant by the resignation of John of Helpston [sic]. Inst Buckden June 8 1281 with a reservation to the said Prior and Convent of an annual pension of 20 shillings.

Antiquities of Shropshire: Early Inhabitants of More Church. Roger de la More, Subdeacon was admitted June 1 1314 at the presentation of William de la More.

1290---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] William de la Birle
1291---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] William of Beuercote, Clerk
1303 [1] Master Reyner of Stanford, Acolyte.
1309 --------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] William of Beuercote, Acolyte

1349 [1] Sir Thomas & [1] William of Grantham, Clerk.
Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales 1216-1377 by David Knowles
William of Grantham 1274 - Pr of Croxton bl. & prof obed 16 Dec 1274. No reason given for vacancy. (Reg R Gravesend p 156) Occ 30 October 1280. 5 Dec 1281 (CPR 1272-81 pp 413, 467) No reference given to Sedgebrook.

1361 [1] Walter Peston of Eston, Priest.

1369---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Robert of Segbrok, Priest.
Excerpt from A Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers relating to Great Britain and Ireland Vol 3.
To Robert de Segbrok - priest - Confirmation of the grant made by Clement VI 10 Kal Aug anno 10, whereby he, having been dispensed as the son of a priest and having previously held a moiety at Ish--? might lawfully receive and hold ------

Excerpt from Calendar of the patent rolls preserved in the PRO Vol. 25 1354 - 1358
Presentation of Robert de Segbrok to a mediety of the church Westminster of Segbrok in the diocese of Lincoln in the King's gift by reason of the Priory of Eye being in his hands on account of the war with France Dec. 1.

Excerpt from A History of Whitby & Streoneshall ? Abbey by George Young. In the year 1378 Mr Robert de Segbroke then Vicar of Semar was prosecuted in the ecclesiastical court for refusing to pay his share of the royal subsidy imposed at that time on the clergy, the vicar being bound to pay one fourth of every subsidy imposed on that church.

1372 [1] John Cruse, Priest----------------------------------------------- [2]John Feryby
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Thomas of Feryby, Clerk.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir Ralph Langeley, Priest.
1380-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Robert of Pothow.
1383---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Robert Mawe, Priest.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] John Chamberleyn, Priest
1390---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] John of Insell, Priest.
1391---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] John Dun, Priest.
1397 [1] Master John Darre alias Grantham, Deacon.
1400---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Sir John of Walkyngton
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] John de Collum
1408---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Sir William Milford
----------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir William Chapman, Priest.
1413 [1] Thomas Marbyll, Priest.
1415 [1] Edmund Deney, Priest.
1422 [1] Thomas Frampton, Priest.
1439---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] William Nobull, Priest.
1449---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Robert Randolfe, Priest.
1450 [1] Sir Thomas Hyll, Chaplain.
1452---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Sir Thomas Palmer, Priest.
1455 [1] Master Thomas Fitzwilliam.
1478 [1] Master Philip Lepevate.
1487---------------------------------------------------------------------- [2] Sir Henry Vyrsy.
1488 [1] Sir Richard Peyntour [2] Sir Alexander Deynes.

1492 [1] Thomas Hervy.
Studies in Medieval History presented to Frederick Maurice Powicke -
Thomas Herby presented to Sedgebrooke Deaconry by Eye Priory on the 28 August 1492.

1495-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir Richard Norwich, Priest.
1497-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir Henry Trowe, Priest.
1501 [1] Sir Thomas Golding, Priest.
1502 [1] Sir William Galys.
1505-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir Robert Wyntyt, Chaplain.
1506 [1] Master William Soper, M.A.
1519 [1] William Styllyngton, Subdeacon.
1532 [1] Sir Dennis Owndill
1535-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] James Gorton.
1536 [1] Sir William Brekylbanke.
1538-----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir Thomas Hare or Hey.
1543 [1] Sir William Markham.
1554 [1] William Stevenson.
1557 [1] Owen Hodgson, S.T.B.
1576------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] William Ayer.
1578------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Sir Robert Gibson.
1580 [1] William Markham.

1595 [1] Simon Buttrey. [From the Manuscripts of His Grace the Duke of Rutland [Charles Manners) preserved at Belvoir Castle] Simon Buttrey to Sir George Manners at Stanstead April 3 1609 from Allington ;- I received a letter from Stamford from George Falcon in which he told me that you desired me to send the name of the gentleman to whom I spoke to you at my -------

1613------------------------------------------------------------------------[2] John Buttry M.A.
Alumni Oxoniensis
John Buttery (Butresse) MA Cambridge; incorp from St Edmund Hall 9 May 1614.
1613 Rector of a portion of Sedgebrook co. Lincoln.

[1] Cle[a]rke, Robert - 13 December 1616 - 1618 September 1662. Rector of Sedgebrook with East Allington (died 29 April 1662)

1622 -----------------------------------------------------------------------[2] Robert Peete M.A.

1652 [1] Sharpe, [possibly] Richard - Rector of Sedgebrook with East Allington.The Church of England Database has a gentleman of the name of Sharpe but no christiam name entered for 1662 but the Rev Henry Taggart's "History of Sedgebrook has no-one of that name for that year. Instead he has a Richard Sharpe for 1652.

[1] Conteur, Clement B.A. - 29 April 1662- Rector of Sedgebrook.
Ordained Deacon 16 December 1660. Appointed Rector of Sedgebrook 29 April 1662 until 18 July 1668 and with Sedgebrook with East Allington 6 Aug 1688 when he appears to have resigned.
From British History Online
Clement le Couteur [note the spelling of the name] of Jersey created MA from Christchurch 15 December 1660.
1661 Rector of Little Mongeham, Kent.
1662 of Sedgebrook co. Lincoln.
1662 St John, Jersey
1672 Dean of Jersey
these 2 records do appear to contradict each other.

[2] [2] Peete, Francis B.A. 1662-1715 - Rector/Preacher of Sedgebrook with East Allington 18 September 1662 - 6 August 1688
1687-Preacher
Later Vicar of Edwinstowe.
Patron Samuel Fuller, Dean of Lincoln & the Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral.

Bamford, Stephan - 20 December 1662 - 1688. Curate of Sedgebrook with East Allington.
Rector of Binbrook St Mary 1 September 1666 - 20 June 1688
Curate of Thorganby 23 April 1684
Domestic Chaplain to Sir Robert Markham Kt. & Baronet.

Rectors of the 2 Medieties


[1] Jenison, John M.A. - Aug 8th 1688 - 1692 [2] 1692 - 1714/5, Rector of Sedgebrook.
son of Matthew: born at Newark. School: Repton. Admitted pensioner under Mr Leigh 13 May 1672. Age not given.Brother of Matthew. Ordained priest, Lincoln 1688 Aug 4: and Rector of Sedgebrook Lincs 6 Aug. Died at Sedgebrook 29th Dec 1714 aged 59. M.I. in the church: "Memoria justi est benedicta".

Dickinson, Pickering B.A. - 1695-1697 Deacon of Sedgebrook with East Allington - 22 September 1695 and Priest 30 May 1697.
Notts Archives DD/T/3/119 3 Aug 1700 Rev Pickering Dickinson of Hawkesworth, will dated 3rd August 1700. He left £3 to the poor of Carlton on Trent, 40 shillings to the poor of Hawkesworth. He owned the Bell Inn at Carlton.
Brassaley, Anthony James LL., B. - 1715 Rector of Sedgebrook & East Allington
Entered Corpus Christie, Cambridge in 1697. Born in France. Died 30 April 1762.
West Sussex Record Office hold the Letters of Adminstration of the estate of the Rev James Brasseley, late of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire dated 3 June 1762. ADD MSS/22,269. Todington, Thomas-26-May-1755-1756-Curate

Twells, Thomas - Rector of Sedgebrook 30-4-1762 to 13-6-1792
Thomas Twells, born in Southwell Nottinghamshire, was admitted to St John's College, Cambridge aged 19 on May 25th 1741. He was the son of Thomas Twells an Apothecary. Thomas married Sarah Calcraft, date unknown.

In 1745 he was Assistant Curate at Teversal Parish Church in Nottinghamshire. He was ordained as a Deacon on 9/6/1745 at Bishopthorpe, ordained Priest on 25/May/1746 at Bishopthorpe.He took an appointment as Curate at Tibshelf in Derbyshire on 4 August 1755. On 10 May 1762 he became Rector at St Lawrence, Sedgebrook where he remained until 13 June 1792 when he died.

London Chronicle Thursday May 6th 1762
A dispensation has passed the seal for the Rev. Thomas Twells, B.D. of St. John's College, Cambridge, to hold the rectory or one mediety of the parish church of Sedgebrook in the county and diocese of Lincoln and also the rectory or other mediety of the said church worth upwards of £250 per annum.

Gentleman's Magazine 1790
At Sedgebrook in his 69th year, much regretted the Rev Thomas Twells M.A. Rector of the 2 medieties of Sedgebrook with the chapel of East Allington annexed, both in the county of Lincoln and formerley many years fellow of St John's Cambridge. Note: Thomas Twells born c.1722 is buried in St Lawrence's Church.


Gordon, George 13 June 1792 - 23 February-1807- Rector at Sedgebrook St Lawrence

General Evening Post Thursday May 31st 1792
The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to present the Rev George Gordon, Chaplain of the Marquis of Bath to the valuable rectory of Sedgebrook with Allington in the county of Lincoln.

Bury & Norwich Post March 22nd 1809
The Rev George Gordon B.D. Rector of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, formerley of St John's College is appointed to the Deanery of Exeter.
Gordon, George 1807-1815 Stipendiary Curate

A Digest of Parochial Returns 1819
Sedgebrook, Population 201
Rector Geo Gordon

1841 Census shows George Gordon aged 75, Dean of Lincoln with wife Sarah living in Sedgebrook.
The Standard August 7th 1845

Death of the Dean of Lincoln. The Very Rev George Gordon D.D. Dean of Lincoln died at the Deanery on Saturday last in his 84th Year.(died 2nd August 1845)

Papers of Sir Joseph Banks – State Library New South Wales – Mitchell Library Brabourne Collection - In 1807, under the direction of the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, Dr George Gordon, the spires of Lincoln Cathedral were removed and other alterations carried out to the Cathedral. These actions were considered by Sir Joseph Banks and others to be grossly irresponsible.

The Standard August 14 1845
Funeral of the Dean of Lincoln-The Funeral of the Very Reverend George Gordon, Dean of Lincoln, and rector of Sedgebrooke, took place in Lincoln Minster on Saturday last. On tolling of the bell, "the Great Tom of Lincoln", most of the shops were closes, and thousands of persons assembled at the Cathedral to be present at the last rites of one who had so long been the senior dignitary of it, and of whose unostentatious character was so much and deservedly revered. The procession composed of the officers of the Minster, the parochial clergy &c and were met at the Cathedral by the residentiaries, attendants &c. The Archdeacon of Lincoln read the psalms and lessons, and Archdeacon Bonney the service at the grave, and the coffin was deposited in a vault at the north extremity of the eastern aisle. The great revenues of the deanery of Lincoln now come under the control of the ecclesiastical commissioners.


Crabbe, George - Rector [and poet] (1754-1832) of Muston.He was a friend of Dr Gordon's and spent some time acting as curate at Sedgebrook standing in for Rev George Gordon.

The picture on the right is an engraving of George Crabbe by E.Findon from the portrait by T.Phillips R.A.
For further details about George Crabbe go to the Bottesford Living History Web Site and follow the link to "People" "Introduction to George Crabbe"








Gordon, Henry 1822 - Stipendiary Curate of Sedgebrook
Oxford Alumni
Gordon Henry, son of George, Dean of Exeter. Exeter College, Matric 30 June 1815 aged 17. B.A. 1819, M.A. 1822. Brother of Robert 1814.
Henry Gordon M.A. (son of George Gordon who was Rector of Sedgebrook from 1792, above.Ordained Deacon 1822.Stipendiary Curate of Sedgebrook 1822, Ordained Priest 1823, Rector of Ireton [Kirk Ireton] 8 July 1828, Rector of Edlaston 22 October 1830.
Stamford Mercury 12 September 1828
The Rev Henry Gordon M.A. is inducted to the valuable Rectory of Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire on the presentation of his father Dt Gordon, Dean of Lincoln.
Stamford Mercury 15 June 1838
The Rev Henry Gordon holds the Rectory of Edlaston, set down at 160L and the Rectory of Kirk Ireton set down at 253L both given to him by his father together with the Vicarage of South Scarle having the curacy of Girton with Besthorpe attached set down at 168L.
Lincolnshire News August 21 1846 The Rev Henry Gordon son of the late Dean of Lincoln has resigned his living of Besthorpe with Scarle. The resignation has caused the utmost regret amongst the poor by whom the Rev hentlemean is deeply revered.
Stamford Mercury 30 July 1847 Presentation of Plate.
On Saturday last a deputation from the inhabitants of Besthorpe, South Scarle and Girton, Notts waited upon the Rev Gordon for the purpose of presenting him with a beautiful Elizabethan silver inkstand as a token of their gratitude and affection in consideration of his unremitted attention to their temporal and eternal interests for more than 20 years. The Reverend gentleman was evidently pleased with his mark of respect and made a suitable reply.

In 1854 the Rev Henry Gordon resigned his position at Edlaston.
The Rev Henry Gordon died 6th May 1873 at Woodhall in Lincolnshire.

Thackray, William Pennington- on the 30 June 1824 became Stipendiary Curate at Sedgebrook with East Allington.
St John's Cambridge
eldest son of Thomas, a linen draper of York. Born York 5th April 1773, chr. 9 April 1773 in York [not stated]. Died June 8 1834 aged 61 in London after an operation for a cataract.He was buried in St Martin in the Fields 11 June 1834. Was Curate at Grantham in 1819.

Parry, Thomas M.A. -1845-1851
Lincolnshire Chronice 6 Aug 1847
Segebrook - On Monday the 26th ult. the Rev Thomas Parry, the Rector of this place, cum E Allington, gave his annual treat of tea and cakes to the children who attend his Sunday schools. Each child brought its own cup and saucer, and all assembled in a field belonging to the Rector, his own house not being large enough to contain them. We need hardly say the children enjoyed themselves exceedingly, all sitting on the ground. Our liberal Rector has only been resident here rather more than a year, and during that time appearances in the village have marvellously altered. The beautiful church has undergone thorough repair, almost entirely at the Rector's expense, and the church yard is now kept in such beautiful order as to call forth the admiration of every passer by. The efficient choir, whic our munificent Rector has established, and also supports at his own expense, adds in no small degree to the solemnity of our Sabbath service. If all clergymen were to persue the same disinterested line of duty which the Rector of Sedgebrook does, things would wear a very different aspect to what they do at present.

The 1851 Census shows Thomas Parry aged 43 as Rector of Sedgebrook with his wife Ann and young family.

The Rev Thomas Parry completed an 1851 Religious Census for Sedgebrook Parish stating:-
Sedgebrook Parish - area 1642 acres, population 137 males, 142 females.
Endowed land, tithe and glebe £398. Spave, 60 free, 80 other.Average attendance General Congregation 60 in the afternoon. Sunday scholars 20.
and for East Allington Parish (with West Allington) 2070 acres. Population males 149, females 131. Chapel of St James endowed land £226. Space, free 100 other 20.
1851 - 1863 Wilson - Alfred William M.A. Rector of Sedgebrook
(from Cambridge Univercity Alumni 1261-1900) Entered Queens College on September 14 1842.(see entry below) however he must have come to Sedgebrook after the census as he was Vicar of Walthamstow until then. His wife was Mary Emily. He was born c.1822 in Walthamstow and died October 7 1894 aged 72.
In the 1861 Census he appears to have taken a holiday cottage !!!! in the village of Over Worton, Oxfordshire with wife and family. He is still Rector of Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire according to his entry. With him are 3 servants including Hannah Gibson from Sedgebrook.

1858-60 Scott Gustavus Hopton from King William's College Register of 1905. Gustavus Hopton Scott Feb 26 1825. Left June 30th 1836. Son of E W Scott K.C., 9 Fitzwilliam Square, North Dublin, Principal of St Aidan's Colege. D. 1858, P. 1859, C of St John's Birkenhead 1858-60. Sedgebrook, Lincs 1860-61, Vicar of Gringley on the Hill 1861.The Vicarage, Gringley on the Hill, Bawtry.

Whately, John

1861 Census shows John Whately aged 34 and his wife Louisa, Official Minister in Charge of the Parish of East Allington living in Sedgebrook. Living with him is Andrew Handley, servant to Rev A Wilson, Rector of Sedgebrook.

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Grantham Journal Sat 21st March 1863
SEDGEBROOK – Opening of the new Organ – On Sunday the 8th there occurred in this little parish one of the most pleasing and happy Sabbath’s that has ever been witnesses by the oldest inhabitant now residing at Sedgebrook. It was the opening of a new organ in the fine old parish church. This instrument was built by the Messrs. Bryceson of London, whose Organs are now becoming general in the Midland Counties. It is one of splendid tome, with a volume adapted to the edifice, and its power was cleverly tested in a most imposing manner by Mr Moore of Bottesford, who kindly volunteered his services for the occasion. The organ stands 16 feet high, 9 and a half feet wide, with beautifully decorated front pipes. It contains two complete rows of keys CC to F, on two octaves of pedals. The great organ has 8 stops, and the swell 6 stops, grand pedal Bourdon, two composition pedals, ample double feeding bellows, and the whole organ is constructed in a most substantial and workmanlike manner. The cost of the instrument was nearly £200, and this large sum, for so small a parish, has been chiefly obtained through the liberality of the rector and the farmers of the parish, whose efforts for the restoration of their fine old church and the raising of this beautiful organ are most praiseworthy. For the opening services the rector had secured the services of the Rev G. Osborne, rector of Stainby, for the morning, and the Rev F. Norman for the evening, and both these gentlemen preached most eloquent and admirable sermons, well adapted for the occasion. The collections after both sermons amounted to £9 5s 9d. The congregations were large, particularly that in the evening, every available part of the sacred edifice being filled. Many friends from Grantham and the surrounding villages attended to take part in these interesting services, and to contribute their mite for so laudable an object. The Sedgebrook choir was ably assisted by Mr Porter, of Grantham, Mr M S Ashwell, and other members of the Barrowby choir; also Mr Orton and Mr Whitehead of Bottesford and to whom many thanks are due for their effective and gratuitous services. Nothing could exceed the interest evinced by the whole parish to make the day one of great pleasure to themselves, and to their friends whom they had kindly invited to join them in the opening Services. The parish is deeply indebted to the kind and amiable rector of the \parish, the Rev A W Wilson, who, during his incumbency, has spared no expense, time not trouble, to benefit both morally and spiritually the interests of his parishioners, both old and young. Too much praise cannot be bestowed on Mr George Robinson, the active churchwarden of the parish, through whose instrumentality the Sedgebrook Church has been made one of the most comfortable and beautiful churches in Lincolnshire. During the last few years this gentleman has quietly and unostentatiously expended from £800 to £1,000 in the restoration of the church, and this without any extraneous help whatever. The parish should congratulate themselves on having such a churchwarden and neighbour living amongst them, who is ever ready to assist by all in his power every good work brought before his notice. To those kind friends of the parish who have kindly contributed to the organ fund, the thanks of the parish are gratefully tendered.



Nottinghamshire Guardian 23 October 1863
A Report about the annual meeting of the Church Choirs of Barkestone,Barrowby, Bottesford, Branstone, Harby, Knipton, Muston, Plungar, Redmile, Sedgebrook & Sheepshed which comprises of the Bottesford District. (Not covered here as it is rather long but it is interesting to note Sedgebrook had a choir).


1864 -1885 Drake, Rev Canon William, Rector of Sedgebrook & Chaplain to Queen Victoria.
Canon Drake died 1896

The Times Newspaper 20th April 1864
The Lord Chancellor has presented the Rev William Drake to the living of Sedgebrook and East Allington in exchange with the Rev Alfred William Wilson, presented to the vicarage of Holy Trinity, Coventry.

The Times Newspaper October 2nd 1872
The Chapel Royal, St James - The following have been appointed the preachers at the 12 o' clock service in the Chapel Royal, St James' on Sundays, during the present month. Sunday October 13th the Rev. William Drake M.A. Rector of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire & Honorary Canon of Worcester Cathedral. [other names omitted]

The 1881 Census shows William Drake Rector of Sedgebrook & Canon of Worcester

East and West Allington both had parish churches. West Allington was the ecclesiastical parish and East Allington was a chapelry to Sedgebrook parish. East Allington was then removed from the parish of Sedgebrook in 1872 and united with West Allington.

White's Directory 1872 for Lincolnshire
The Church, St. Lawrence is an ancient structure, in the perpendicular style, with lofty arches, a fine oak screen, nave, north and south aisles, and a western tower, containing three bells, and has recently been repaired. The staircase and gallery which led to the rood loft still remain, and also the ancient piscina and sedilia. Outside both the south and the north porch is a plain stoup. Sir John Markham, the upright judge of the reign of Edward IV, lies interred in this church. The rectory, with that of East Allington annexed, is in two consolidated medieties, valued in K.B. one at £7.18s.61/2 and the other at £7.4s.7d. The united benificies are now valued at £800, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbancy of the Rev. William Drake, M.A. who is Hon. Canon of Worcester and chaplain in ordinary to the Queen,and has a good residence and 60 acres of glebe.

Grantham Journal Saturday 18 April 1874
Choir treat – On Monday evening last, the farmers and the choir of this village received an invitation from the Rev Canon Drake , the rector, to dine at the School-room, where, at the appointed hour, a bounteous spread of old English fare was provided for them, and to which ample justice was done, particularly by the juvenile portion of the guests. The rector, in his usual happy style, made himself very pleasant and agreeable to all present, and both he and those who were invited appeared thoroughly to enjoy themselves during the evening, the proceedings being brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.



1885 - Field, H.C.B.

John Bull Saturday June 6th 1885 pg 370.
Ecclesiastical Appointments:
Rev. H.C[romwell].B. Field, Senior Curate of Holy Trinity, Brompton to Curacy in Sole Charge of Sedgebrook, Grantham, Lincs.

Grantham Journal 13 October 1888
SEDGEBROOK
Amid snow and rain, the bells of St Laurence’s Church rang out a merry peel on the occasion of a harvest festival, held on Thursday evening, October 4th, when the preacher was the Rev Canon Nash, M.A. rector of Lowestoft, Suffolk. The collection was in aid of Grantham Hospital, and amounted to £1 11s 6d – a small sum, on account of the inclemency of the weather, the villagers of the neighbourhood being unable to attend the service. The church had a bright appearance, the sacred edifice being lighted up with some dozens of candles, in addition to the ordinary lamps. The chancel was under the care of Miss Robinson, assisted by Mr and Mrs R Robinson of Barrowby. A text “Praise the Lord, Oh my soul” ran across the base of the east window, under which was a super altar, on which stood two sheaves of corn. Beautiful bunches of grapes, the gift of Mrs Field, were placed at each side of a cross made of moss, relieved by white chrysanthemums. A large cross of oats was erected in the middle of the east window. In the niches were tall sunflowers, grasses and corn. On the sedelia were many flowers in moss, with apples in small blocks. The rails were gracefully adorned with bunches of corn and flowers, tied together. In the centre hung bunches of white and black grapes, kindly sent by Mrs Downing of Barrowby. The choir stalls, screens and candelabra were tastefully dressed with the season’s produce. The reading desk was undertaken by Mrs Upton assisted by Miss Levy. At the base were loevely flowers and ferns. Up the tracery and round the top were layers of beautiful white and yellow chrysanthemums kindly procured by Mrs Upton, from Radcliffe. The Lecturn was decorated by Mrs Field, with a bank of flowers at the base, with 2 large fern leaves gracefully bent from the lights. Up the stand, several specimens of grasses, entwined with corn, had a good effect. The pulpit was prettily traced out by Mrs and Miss Kemp, with various seeds and small crab apples, entwined in corn and barley; a fringe of barley drooped from the rim. The base was covered with moss and pot flowers, with cut flowers in glasses. From the angles of the pulpit hung bunches of grapes. Mrs Bull being the donor. The organ screen Master W Kemp ornamented with corn and flowers; in one of the corners appeared a pyramid of roots. The grand old wood gallery came in for a share of decoration at the hand of Mr Churchwarden Kemp. Who so tied long lengths of corn as to form diamond shaped ornaments right along the tracery of the loft; from each of the uprights, at the base stood a small sheaf of corn. This piece of decoration was much admired. The font was, as usual, beautifully treated by Mrs R O Johnson, who used moss and flowers so placed as to give great effect. The Chapel windows were likewise garnished by her, with a sheaf of oats on each sill, banked up in front with moss and beautiful flowers. The windows received their decoration from the hands of Mr Churchwarden Bull, while the lamps were neatly dressed in harvest produce and flowers by Miss Sarah Handley. Great credit and many thanks are due to all for the manner in which the beautiful old church was beautified with the various and liberal contributions of flowers, fruit and corn. The service was fully choral, the prayers being intoned by the Rev G S Outram, rector of Redmile while the Rev J Furnival, rector of Muston read the lessons. The Rev H C B Field assisted the choir. It is not too much to say that the members of the choir acquitted themselves creditably, and much gratitude is due to them for their assistance. The Rev Canon took his text from Galatians vi 7, and gave an excellent discourse , which was very much appreciated.

1891 Census shows Henry. C.B. Field as Clerk in Holy Orders at Sedgebrook


1894 - 1896 - Ewbank, Rev T. C. B.A Curate at Sedgebrook St Lawrence but remains there until 1926.

Cheshire Observer 1st June 1872. Ordination by the Lord Bishop of Chester held in St Philip's Church, Chorley on Trinity Sunday the 26th May 1872. Deacons - Thomas Cranmer Ewbank B.A. Christ's College Cambridge licenced to Christchurch, Toxteth Park

Cheshire Observer 14 June 1873Ordinations in the Chester Cathedral Sunday 8th June 1873. Priets - Thomas Cranmer Ewbank B.A. Christ's College, Cambridge.
born 17th October 1847 Richmond, Surrey died 16 July 1926.

Stamford Mercury 30th Aug 1895
Sedgebrook School near Grantham. Chairman of the Governors: Sir J.H. Thorold Bart., Headmaster: Mr F. Upton M.A. Cambridge. A secondary school well known in the district for its results in Mathematics, Science and Commercial Subjects. Special success with Agricultural and Engineering Pupils.
Boarders: The Rev. T.C. Ewbank M.A. (Christ Church College, Cambridge), Late Headmaster of Hatton House School, Newark receives at Sedgebrook Rectory a limited number of Boarders to attend the above school. Pleasant Rectory Grounds, Sports, Workshops etc., Boarders apply to Mr Ewbank, Day boys to Mr Upton.

The Leeds Mercury Monday December 7th 1896
The Lord Chancellor has presented the living of Sedgebrook in the Diocese of Lincoln, vacant by the death of Canon Drake, to the Rev T.C. Ewbank B.A. Curate-in-charge of the parish.

Nottingham Guardian 27th January 1900
Grantham Industrial Exhibition - The Rev T Ewbank was listed as entering his turned ivory.

Wisden Obituaries in 1926
Ewbank, The Rev Thomas Cranmer, born at Richmond, in Surrey, on October 17, 1847, died on July 16 1926, aged 78. He was educated in Brighton and, being a useful wicket-keeper, appeared for the Gentlemen of Sussex. For thirty years he was Rector of Sedgebrook, Grantham.

Contempory Biographies of Lincolnshire Clergy 1907 Rev Thomas Cranmer EWBANK, M.A., The Rectory, Sedgbrook, Grantham; son of the Rev. George EWBANK, M.A., Fellow Commoner of Caius College, Cambridge, formerly Lieutenant Royal Navy; born at Richmond, Surrey, October 17th, 1847; educated at Brighton, and Christ's College, Cambridge; M.A., M.C.P., F.Sc. Hon. Secretary, Sedgbrook School of Science, and Manual Instructor in Woodwork, etc.; Secretary and Correspondent, Elementary School; Governor of the Thorold School Trust. Ordained Deacon, June, 1871, Priest, 1872, by the Bishop of Chester; Curate of Christ Church, Sefton Park, Liverpool, 1871-74; Curate in sole charge of Colne, Hunts, 1874-78; Curate of Annesley, Notts, 1878-82; Diocesan Inspector of Schools, 1880; Senior Curate of Newark Parish Church, 1882; Headmaster of Hatton House School, Newark, 1882-94; Dean and Rector of Sedgbrook since 1896. Married Emma, eldest daughter of William SALT, of Rolleston.

1901 Census shows Thomas C Ewbank, Clerk in Holy Orders and Tutor at Sedgebrook with wife Emma Salt

Nottingham Evening Post 19 July 1926
The death has taken place of the Rev Thomas Cranmer Ewbank M.A. - for 30 years Rector of Sedgebrook, Grantham. The deceased who had attained the ripe age of 78 had been in failing health for several years.

1926 - 1935 Taggart, Rev. Hugh Selwyn M.A.became Rector of Sedgebrook St Lawrence
Hugh Selwyn Taggart was born 4th March 1874 in America of Manx parents and died 15th October 1956 on the Isle of Man.

From the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk: St Bartholomew - Salford - Hugh Selwyn Taggart, bachelor aged 27, Clerk in Holy Orders, of 176 Oldfield Rd., married Emma Woods aged 30, Housekeeper, spinster of 2 Commercial Rd., Peckham, Camden Parish, London. Grooms Father: Canon Thomas Arthur Taggart, Clerk in Holy Orders. Brides Father: Richard Ambrose Woods, Gent, Farmer. Witnesses: Joseph Whittaker, Reginald Heber Taggart, Emma Mary Fox. Married by Banns 4th February 1902. Hugh was marrying in his own parish where he became Rector in 1901

Manchester Courier 9th March 1909
Salford Vicar's New Appointment
The Rev Hugh Selwyn Taggart, Vicar of the Stowell Memorial Church, Salford has been appointed by the Bishop of Sodor and Man as the Vicar of St Matthew's, Douglas vacant by the resignation of his father, the Rev Thomas Arthur Taggart, who has accepted from the Earl of Yarborough the living of St Maurice, Hawkstow, Lincolnshire. St Matthew's parish includes the oldest and most densley populated portion of Douglas, also the harbour and various quays. The church is very popular among sailors and fishermen. Hugh was inducted April 27 1909 to St Matthews, Douglas, Isle of Man. He came to Sedgbrook in 1926.

(this photograph of the Rev Taggart is provided courtesey of his Grand-daughter and author Trish Nicholson). Her web site can be found by following this link
"Words in the Tree House"


The following list of Churchwardens is taken from "The History of Sedgebrook & Its Parish Church of St. Lawrence" written by The Rev. Hugh Selwyn Taggart, M.A. Rector and published in 1928. From the year 1714 the following names appear in the list of those who held the office of Warden: Thomas Warren, Richard Hollingworth, William Turney, Robert Warron, Thomas Hollingworth, William Leeson, John Turney, William Newcomb, William Bean, William Bayne, Edward Leeson, Robert Burton, William Dunsmore, Richard Hough, John Hutchinson, John Robinson, Thomas Farmer, John Jackson, Joseph Ward, John Clark, Richard Lee, William Lee, William Wing, William Shipman, Joseph Scrimshaw, James Wing, Edmund Brewster, Richard Hubbard, John Wing, John Lee, John Robinson (1845-1854), George Robinson 1855-1870 & 1873 - 1875, & 1884-1885, Richard Robinson (1871-72 and 1876-1883); William Bull (1886-1895), George Kemp (1887-1897), Thomas Fisher (1897), Frank Upton (1897-1902 and 1905-1918), Charles R Bell (1898), J.H.Grist (1900-1906), William Baker (1903), Joe W.Bee (1907-1910), Richard Jackson (1911-to present time), S. Yarrad (1919-1926), T.H. Bowman (1927), William Bullock (at present time).

The Times Newspaper June 13th 1933
"The Upright Judge's" Church, To the Editor of the Times.
Sir - All are agreed that the ancient parish churches in England, with their history and architecture, are among the most priceless possessions of our common heritage as Englishmen. Their preservation, therefore, can hardly be regarded as a purely local responsibility, particularly when they are to be found in the midst of a small village of few inhabitants, nearly all of whom are labourers and cottagers.
The village of Sedgebrook is a case in point. In its midst is the beautiful old parish church of St Lawrence, dating from 1200 to 1468, when it was completed by the Lord of the Manor, Sir John Markham, who was made Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench by Edward IV, but lost the Royal favour through the character of a charge delivered by him to a jury when trying Sir Thomas Coke, Lord Mayor of London, whereby the life of the Mayor was spared, which the King desired to take through Coke's imputed treason. Judge Markham was for this case removed from his office, but "therebye gained for himself a better title, that of "The Upright Judge" with which he retired into private life" [Fuller].
To preserve the walls of the church the few parishioners have by repeated efforts raised the sum of £300 within the past 6 years, but are now faced with the formidable task, of repairing its 15th century roof.
A short time ago the falling of a great beam which was found to be eaten through by the grub of the death watch beatle, necessitated the examination of the whole roof. This was carried out by Mr William Wear, architect, consulting with the Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings, who advised the immediate erection of poles in different parts of the church to support the affected timber and the repair of the whole roof at the earliest possible opportunity at a cost of £1.100. With the utmost unity and good will the villagers are at a loss to know how they can possibly accomplish a task of this magnitude and urgency. When it is remembered that the adult parishioners number about 140 and that they are almost entirely composed of employees on the land, it will be seen that without help from outside the village the work cannot be done.
If there are amongst those of your readers who do value these ancient and beautiful houses of God in the land and would like to help us in our task, I would be happy to receive their contributions and to send them, in ackowledgement of their kindly help, a copy of "The History of Sedgebrook and its Parish Church".
I am your obedient servant,

H.S.Taggart, Rector, St Lawrence's Rectory, Sedgebrook, Grantham

1935 -Davies, Rev J.E.E.
The Times Newspaper March 23rd 1935
Ecclesiastical News
1935 - The Lord Chancellor has presented the Rev J.E.E. Davies, curate of St Martin's, West Acton, to the rectory of Sedgebrook, Diocese of Lincoln.

1947 -Spreadbury, Rev. W.C.
The Times Newspaper November 11th 1947
Ecclesiastical News - Church Appointments
The Rev. W.C. Spreadbury, vicar of St Barnabas, Shacklewell, to be Rector of West Allington with East Allington and Sedgebrook, Lincs in an exchange of beneficies with the Rev A.F.Royston.

Edmondson Rev R. J.
The Times Newspaper April 13th 1956
Ecclesiastical News, Church Appointments
The Rev R.J. Edmondson, vicar of Bassenthwaite, diocese of Carlisle, to be Rector of West Allington with East Allington and Sedgebrook, diocese of Lincoln.

1958 - Lee, Rev Austin (1904-1965). Curate in charge of West Allington & Sedgebrook in 1958. Rector of Great Carlton near Louth the following year.,
For further information on Austin Lee see St George-in-the-East Church website - or type into your browser "http//www.stgite.org.uk/media/austinlee.html" (without the inverted commas).






Parsons Rev A.G.B.
The Times Newspaper December 3rd 1965
Ecclesiastical News
The Rev A.G.B. Parsons, rector of West Allington with East Allington with Sedgebrook and Rector of Woolsthorpe with Stainwith, diocese of Lincoln, to be Perpetual Curate of St Anne, Grantham, same diocese.

Ashley Rev J. M.
The Times Newspaper February 3rd 1966 -
Church News
The following appointments announced the Rev J.M. Ashley, rector of Anderby with Cumberworth & vicar of Huttoft, diocese of Lincoln to be rector of West Allington with East Allington with Sedgebrook & Woolsthorpe, same diocese.


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