All Saints’ ChurcH Hartford

All Saints’ Church Hartford

The Hollow

Hartford, Huntingdon. PE29 1XP

Cambridgeshire


Revd Geoff Boucher

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List of RECTORS & VICARS ALL SAINT'S HARTFORD

RECTORS                                                         PATRONS

1247                     John de Hemingford                                                           Huntingdon Priory

VICARS

Robert                                                                                                                          d. 1274

1274                     John de Wenington                                                             Huntingdon Priory                d. 1274

1274                     Elias de Huntingdon                                                                    " "                               d. 1296

1296                     John de Haregrave                                                                       " "                           

                            Robert                                                                                                                           d. 1316

1316                     Simon de Clifton                                                                 Huntingdon Priory                r. 1317

1317                     Nicholas Keten                                                                             " "                             d. 1332

1333                     Hugh Curteys                                                                               " "                            ex. 1342

1342                     Richard de Wolle                                                                         " "                               r. 1356        

1356                     John de Infirmaria de Herford                                                       " "                             ex. 1378

1378                     William Balle                                                                                " "                               r. 1400

1400                     John Wynter, senior de Thrapston                                                 " "

1410                     Robert Maryot                                                                              " "

                            John Austyn                                                                                                                    r. 1435

1435                     William Abram                                                                    Huntingdon Priory

                            John Bacche                                                                                                                   d. 1457

1457                     Thomas Wolde                                                                   Huntingdon Priory                d. 1467

1467                     William Keteryng                                                                           " "                             r. 1474

1474                     Radulph Wodeward                                                                      " "                              r. 1482

1482                     John Dighton or Dyeton                                                                 " "                             r. 1482

1482                     William Keteryng                                                                           " "

                            Thomas Hereford                                                                                                            r. 1497

1497                     John Willingham                                                                  Huntingdon Priory

                            John Greve                                                                                                                     r. 1540

1540                     Nicholas Yates                          John Howode, [Huntingdon Priory being dissolved]

1560                     Thomas Hulcock                       The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal

                                                                             at the request of the Parishioners                                  d. 1563

1564                     Christopher Keye                                                                           " "

1597                     Clement Bacon                                                                              " "

1598                     Thomas Richards, M .A                                                        Queen Elizabeth                 d. 1620

1620                     Ezechiel Waade

                            Benjamin Dod

1660                    Thomas Case, M .A.

1665                    John Bush                                                                              King Charles II                  d. 1684

1684                    John Sturges, M .A .                                                                        " "                        cess 1690

1690                    Samuel Sturges, M .A.                                                     King William & Queen Mary      d. 1706

1710                    Robert Crosse, B.A.                                                       Queen Anne

1720                   John Mathews                                                                  King George I

1732                    Robert Manlove, M .A.                                                                                                    d. 1753

1753                    Richard Caryer                                                                King George II

1771                    John Trollope                                                                  King George Ill                          d. 1794

1794                    Thomas Daniel Trollope, M .A.                                                     " "                              ex. 1828

1828                    John Daniel Hopkins, M .A                                              King George IV                         d. 1857 11

1857                    Charles Henry Benson Gladwin, B.A                                Queen Victoria

1860                    George Pinder                                                                              " "                                r. 1870

1870                    Frederick Nottidge Ripley, M .A

1880                    George Cockburn-Dickinson                                                                                             r. 1894

1894                    John George Gibson                                                                                                         r. 1895

1896                    Edward Gripper Banks, D.D.                                           Captain Beeching                       d. 1904

1904                    Alexander Chorley Crossfield, M .A.                                 Bishop of Ely by lapse

1914                    Ellerton Garside Alderson, M .A.                                      Major Beeching                         r. 1933

1936                    John George Frederick Holmes, M .A.                              Bishop of Ely                            r. 1947

1947                    George A. Green, B.A Hon Canon                                              " "                                  r. 1955

1957                    Herbert Hinkley                                                                 Queen Elizabeth II                     r. 1967

1967                    Robin Jeffree, A .K .C.                                                     Bishop of Ely                           r. 1983

1985                    John R. Sansom                                                                          " "                                 r. 1991  

1993                    Ayodeji Malcolm Guite                                                                " "                                 r. 1998

1999                    Mark Savage                                                                                                                     r. 2012


Copied from a list in the church on the right of south doors

Little is known about most of the vicars listed above, presumably they preached their sermons, tended their flock and lived their lives. Documentary evidence of several survives.


Rev G. Cockburn-Dickinson

The 'Local News' column of The Hunts Guardian Friday May 8 1885 recorded the following MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE- "On Saturday last an inquest was held at the King of Prussia public house in this village on the body of Francis Trevelyan Egerton Dickerson aged 10, son of the Rev. G. C. Dickerson, vicar of Hartford, who was taken out of the water dead that morning. It appeared from the evidence of Elizabeth Hitch, one of the domestic servants in the family, that on Friday the deceased, his younger brother and the vicar were working in the garden before early dinner, and as was supposed they all went into the house about 1.00 (sic) to dine. The deceased disappeared from the house and the vicar and the other son sat down to dinner, but as deceased did not go to dinner also a search was made for him about the house and garden. Witness ultimately went to the riverside and there she found the jacket that had been worn by the deceased, but could not find him anywhere. A search in the river was then made for the body until late in the evening, but without success. His cap was found in a chair in the kitchen. The dog was kept near the boathouse and deceased used sometimes go and fetch the dog, but it was not there when he went to the boathouse. Did not think deceased knew the dog was brought from the boathouse. George Crow, labourer, Hartford, deposed to finding the body on Saturday morning about four yards from the bank. The water was about 20 feet deep where he pulled it out. The jury returned a verdict of "accidentally drowned in the river Ouse".


His surviving children seem to have caused him some embarrassment, according to 'the Looker-On' in the local paper of 19th March 1892, shown opposite. The consequence of these events resulted in the item below being reported in the following Saturday's paper. For those interested, the complete transcript of the "Petty Sessions" can be read on a microfilm in the reference section of Huntingdon library.

"The Hunts County Guardian"

Saturday 26th March 1892


Rev E. Gripper Banks

These newspaper cuttings can be found in a file left by Sidney Inskip Ladds who was an architect and local historian and has already been mentioned in connection with the vicarage. We still frequently use a chalice in our services that is engraved in his memory .

courtesy of the Norris Museum, St Ives

Rev A. C. Crosfield


The 1st Hunts (Hartford) Scout Group is the fourth oldest Group in the world. It was founded in February 1908 by the Rev A.C. Crosfield and Mr. R.C. Coleridge, the first Scout Master. The original six scouts were Grenville Onyett (the first Patrol Leader of the Peewit Patrol), Harry Miles, W Wright, H Wright, P Woods and R Watts. They are pictured in a copy of this 1909 lanternslide with the Rev. Crosfield and Mr. Coleridge. Rev. Crosfield became County Secretary and Commandant for the Boy Scouts.


According to a 1912 biography, he had been born in Liverpool in 1867, gained his M.A. at Clare College, Cambridge in 1895, and became vicar of Hartford in 1904. He was also connected with the Church Lads Brigade. He left Hartford in 1913 and moved to South Africa. His death was recorded by the Hunts Post on 1st November 1934.