Oxford Diocese Clergy Photograph, 1861

Meeting of Rural Deans and Archdeacons, 1861.

This photograph shows a meeting of Oxford Diocese Rural Deans and Archdeacons with Bishop Wilberforce, almost certainly taken at Cuddesdon, possibly at the Bishop’s palace or Cuddesdon Theological College, it shows the the Rev. H.H Swinney (8), principal of Cuddesdon Theological college, wearing an academic mortar board, just left of centre.

1     Henry Dawson Roundell, Vicar of Buckingham, Deanery of Buckingham, 1st portion.
2     Henry John Bull, Vicar of Lathbury, Rural Dean of Newport, 1st portion.
3     Augustus Austen-Leigh, Vicar of Bray, Rural Dean of Maidenhead
       (nephew of novelist Jane Austen, and her biographer)
4     T.B. Morrell, Rector of Henley, Rural Dean Henley
5     William John Butler, Vicar of Wantage, Rural Dean of Wantage
       (he founded St Mary’s Sisterhood, the Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV), Wantage)
6     Charles T E Whateley, Vicar of Taplow, Rural Dean of Burnham
7     J.C. Blomfield M.A. Rector of Launton and Rural Dean Bicester
8    Rev. Henry Hutchinson Swinney, Vicar of Wargrave, Principal Cuddesdon Theological College.
9     Charles Lloyd, Rector, Chalfont St Giles, Rural Dean Wycombe (In 1858 list)
10   Simon Adams, Rector of St. James, Great Horwood, Rural Dean of Mursley, 1st portion.
11   William Robert Fremantle, Rector of Claydon, Rural Dean Claydon Deanery
13    Hardwick Shute, Great Milton, Rural Dean of Cuddesdon
14   Rev. Sir J H C Seymour Bt., Rector, St. Mary’s, Northchurch (Berkhampstead), Hertfordshire, (1861 Census).
15   A. Isham, Weston Turville, Rural Dean of Wendover.
16   William Henry Ridley, Rector of Hambledon, Rural Dean, Marlow
17   T. Evetts, Prestwood Common, Rural Dean of Amersham
19   E Payne, Swalcliffe, Rural Dean of Deddington           
20    John Wilder, Sulham, Rural Dean of Reading
21   James Henry Randall, Archdeacon of Berkshire.
22    Charles Barter, Sarsden, Rural Dean of Chipping Norton
23   Bishop Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, 1845 to 1869.
24   H W Majendie, Speen, Rural Dean of Newbury
25   Charles Carr Clerke, Archdeacon of Oxford
26   Edward Bickersteth, Vicar of Aylesbury and Archdeacon Buckingham, Rural Dean, Wendover 2nd Portion.
27   Francis Knyvett Leighton, Warden of All Souls, Rector of Lockinge, Rural Dean of Oxford
28   Dacres Adams, Bampton, Rural Dean of Witney
29   Alfred Pott, Rural Dean Abingdon, 1st portion
32   Dr.  Christopher Wordsworth, Stanford in the Vale, Rural Dean Vale of White Horse
33   Richard Gordon, Elsfield, Rural Dean Islip
34   A.P. Cust, Vicar Cheddington, Rural Dean of Mursley, 2nd portion.
35   R.W/N. Russell, Beachampstead, Rural Dean Buckingham, 2nd portion

The four un-named photographs presumably reflect the Rural Deans of one of the five Deaneries missing from the list, which are:

Nettlebed, Rural Dean, W.T. Hopkins.
Woodstock, Rural Dean, W.B. Lee
Wallingford, Rural Dean, J.L. Hoskins.
Newport 2nd Portion, Rural Dean, G.W. Pearce.
Waddesdon, Rural Dean, F.W. Cartwright.

Taken from a list of Rural Deans and clergy dated 1860, it is perhaps possible a Rural Dean may have changed by 1861.  Please contact us if you have more information, or corrections, about any of the clergy on this list, or the four un-named men in the photograph.

It’s not clear why Sir JHC Sermour Bt. appears in the list of attendees.  He was Rector of Northchurch in Hertfordshire.  He obviously had Oxford Diocese connections as he donated 10 Guineas a year, worth £1371.00 a year in 2021, a not inconsiderable sum, to the Oxford Diocesan Building fund, recorded against the Deanery of Deddington in the Oxford Archdeaconry.
A possible, but unlikely link, a local Government boundary change in 1900 records “Parts of the Buckinghamshire parish of Ashley Green exchanged with parts of parishes of Bovingdon and Northchurch, Hertfordshire”, though what that involved isn’t recorded in detail, and ‘Parte of Buckinghamshire’ doesn’t appear on Cary’s 1787 map of Hertfordshire.
If you have any other information regarding Sir JHC Seymour, please Contact Us.

Posted 1st November 2021.