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Saturday, 2 January 2016

War Grave and Roll of Honour for Holwell, Hertfordshire

Holwell is a small village and a civil parish two miles north of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England, near the Bedfordshire border. The church is unusual and, although largely rebuilt, retains some perpendicular features and an interesting brass to Rector Robert Wodehouse. The school, almshouses, and rectory are all in a similar Tudor style erected in the 1830s, but are no longer in use and have been converted into housing. Fragments of early wall paintings and wooden mullioned windows have been discovered in the mediaeval timber-framed Church Farmhouse. [1]

 
St Peter's Holwell, Hertfordshire


There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in the church cemetery to Lance Corporal Silas Dennis.


106322 Lance Cpl.
S. Dennis
Labour Corps
and Oxford & Bucks. Light Inf.
13th February 1919

Further information is available from the Commonwealth War Graves website:

Dennis, S
Rank: Private
Service No: 3434
Date of Death: 13/02/1919
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry transf. to (Lce. Cpl. 106322) Labour Corps Grave Reference: South-West of Church. 
Cemetery: Holwell (St. Peter) Churchyard [2]


Remember
these Men of the
Parish of Holwell
who gave their lives in the
Two World Wars

1914 - 1918
Herbert Baines
Hedley Burr
Stanley Burr
Ernest Harvey
William Kilbey
Charles Reynolds
John Titmus
Hubert Wauton

1939 - 1945
Arthur Hope

Grant them, O Lord Eternal Rest

L. Denton Sayers, scripsit [3], 1949

Plaque to Augustus Richard Davies

To the memory of
Augustus Richard Davies
Captain in HMS 22nd Regt.
and of the Mardy, Merthyr Tydfil,
Born November 11 AD 1846,
Died All Saints Day AD 1878,
Aged 32.
This window is dedicated by his widow.

Window dedicated to Augustus Richard Davies

The church has had 59 rectors [4] since 1224.

Rectors of St Peter's Holwell

Rectors of St Peter's Holwell

1224 ◊ Geoffrey de Berkinges - Patron: Lady Alice de Holewell
?1636 ◊ Charles Lawrence - Pastor [5]
1903 ◊ A S Wauton
1274 ◊ Richard de Bray
?16-- ◊ Goddard Scoufeild
1916 ◊ J F Llewellyn
1289 ◊ Robert le Band
1687 ◊ John Pechay
1929 ◊ Charles Edward Wager
1294 ◊ Adam de Everdon
1690 ◊ Thomas Hassell
1935 ◊ Francis H Jeayes
1330 ◊ Adam de Braunfeld
1695 ◊ Roger Wyker
1939 ◊ Thomas Parry
1333 ◊ Thomas de Baunfeld
1700 ◊ Thomas Heton
1947 ◊ Eric Paton Hindley
1340 ◊ John de Teppyngham
1719 ◊ Edward Cupper
1952 ◊ Thomas Francis William Wright
1340 ◊ Nicholas Spencer
1720 ◊ Samual Sirle
1958 ◊ Alfred Ronald Thompson - Curate in charge
1355 ◊ William Miclar de Cetleworth
1721 ◊ Edward Edwards
1960 ◊ Garnet George Stapylton Kenyon
1361 ◊ William Marschall
1725 ◊ Bernard Nould
1962 ◊ Cecil Toll
1401 ◊ John Halelyp
1735 ◊ Mark Hillerly - Bishop of Soder& Man
1963 ◊ Harry Hildyard Bloomfield - formerly Archdeacon
1401 ◊ Edmund Walker
1767 ◊ Gerues Jones
1968 ◊ Edward J Bennett
1454 ◊ Edmund Norton
1784 ◊ Thomas Dove
1970 ◊ James Alexander Holden
1477 ◊ Edwardus Peyton
1808 ◊ Joseph Parsons
1980 ◊ Robin Ian Oakley - united benefice with Ickleford
1478 ◊ Thomas Hundens
1813 ◊ T Gregory
2003 ◊ John Andrew Somerset Payne Cook - now also with Pirton
1503 ◊ Robert Wodehouse - see brasses in the church
1816 ◊ R Lucas - Curate [6]
2011 ◊ James Macaulay Robertson
1515 ◊ Peter Stele
1829 ◊ Thelwalk Salisbury

1521 ◊ John Wyret
1830 ◊ Charles Delme-Radcliffe

1524 ◊ John Nage
1866 ◊ F Boyd

1543 ◊ Richard Parre
1875 ◊ Arthur Delme-Radcliffe - rebuilt the church 1879

1560 ◊ Richard Fage
1884 ◊ F Bathurst - Archdeacon [7]

1585 ◊ John Henley




[1] Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holwell,_Hertfordshire)
[2] Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/364770/DENNIS,%20S)
[3] Scripsit - (he or she) wrote (it): placed after the author's name as on a manuscript. (http://www.yourdictionary.com/scripsit#DUfkRY1PM5E1EJTc.99)
[4]  Rector - In the Church of England, the incumbent of a parish where all tithes formerly passed to the incumbent. (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/rector)
[5] Pastor - A minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation, especially in some non-episcopal churches. (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/pastor)
[6] A curate is a person who is invested with the care or cure (cura) of souls of a parish. In this sense "curate" correctly means a parish priest; but in English-speaking countries the term curate is commonly used to describe clergy who are assistants to the parish priest. The duties or office of a curate are called a curacy. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate)
[7] An archdeacon is a senior clergyman, appointed by the bishop, whose duty it is to supervise his fellow clergy and to administer part of a diocese, hence his/her territorial designation. As well as pastoral duties, archdeacons are in charge of the fabric of parish churches and their contents. (http://www.debretts.com/forms-address/professions/religion/church-england/archdeacon#sthash.5qF4FVOZ.dpuf)

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