All Saints’ Church Hartford
Hartford, Huntingdon. PE29 1XP
Revd Geoff Boucher
on 01480 461846
The Church by the River
I would like to thank the staff of Huntingdon library, for pointing me in the right direction. My wife requires a big thank you for her help with the research and patience with my hours spent at the computer. Thank you to the churchwardens for access to the current church documents and to the staff of the Huntingdon County Records Office for earlier documents, the staff of the Norris Museum, St Ives and Mr & Mrs Maltby for Scout history. I am indebted to Mrs. Lilian Ann Coley, Mr. David Cozens and the late Phillip G. M. Dickinson, for the re-
Cottages in Church Lane courtesy of Lynn Wright
1. Act of Consecration, Addition to Church Yard 22-
2. 15 GEO.VI cap.145 -
3. Files of late Mrs. Betty Magee, PCC Secretary 1950 -
4. Files of Sidney Inskip Ladds, ARIBA, 1867 -
5. Parish Minute Book 1861; plus 7 subsequent ones (missing 1966-
6. Mike Stephenson: Huntingdonshire Family History Society 1998
7. The Hunts County Guardian (Friday May 8 1885) 'Local News' column
8. The Hunts County Guardian (Saturday May 19 1885) 'The Looker-
9. The Hunts County Guardian (Saturday May 26 1885) 'Petty Sessions' column.
1. Cocke, T. Recording A Church: an illustrated glossary, Council for British Archaeology, 1989
2. Coley, L., & Cozens, D., research, The Parish Church All Saints' Hartford, PCC, 1980
3. Curl, J. S. English Architecture An Illustrated Glossary, David & Charles, Devon, 1977
2. Dunn, Christopher, The Book Of Huntingdon, Barracuda Books, Chesham, 1977
3. Dickinson, Phillip G. M., The Borough of Huntingdon & Godmanchester Official Hand book,
Hambleden Press, Huntingdon, 1964
4. Dickinson, P.G.M., 'The Hartford (Huntingdon) Treasure Trove' Records of Huntingdonshire:
Vol. 1 Part 1 pages 2-
5. Miles, Harry, Scouting For 58 Years With The 1st Hunts. Troop, The Scout Association Archives,1972
6. Morris, John, ed., Domesday Book Huntingdonshire, Phillimore, Chichester, 1975
7. Owen, T.M.N. Rev. MA. The Bells Of Huntingdonshire, Jarrold & Son, 1899.
8. Page, William, ed., The Victoria History of the Counties of England, A History of Huntingdonshire
Vol.2, p.171 -
9. Pike, W.T. ed., Huntingdonshire Contemporary Biographies, Pike, Brighton, 1912
10. Robsons Directory 1839
11. Royal Commission of Historical Monuments, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of
Huntingdonshire, p. 128-
12. Temple, Nigel, Dr. 'Pages From An Architect's Notebook -
Records of Huntingdonshire: Vol. 2 No. 6 (Hunts Local History Soc. 1986)
13. Wicks, Michael, A History of Huntingdonshire, Oxford U.P. 1985
14. Wooder, A., 'Post Reformation Mixed Gothic in Huntingdonshire Church Towers and its
Campanological Associations', The Archaeological Journal vol. 141, Reprinted from
The Royal Archaeological Institute, 1984
APPENDIX 1 Architectural Glossary
Abacus: flat slab forming the top of a capital
Arcade: series of arches supported by columns
Arch: construction of blocks disposed in a curve or curves, supporting each other and the
weight of the wall above it.
Arris: a sharp edge where two surfaces meet.
Capital: upper part of a column.
Casement: deep concave moulding of window jambs.
Chamfer: narrow 450 plane formed when the an-
Corbel: a projecting block that supports a parapet or beam.
Crocket: projecting hook-
Embattled: indented with vertically projecting merlons, separated by spaces called embrasures or crenelles.
Foil: a small arc in the tracery of medieval windows or panels.
Jamb: side of doorway or window.
Label: a square drip or hood mould over an arch, doorway or window.
Loop: a small narrow slit in a wall.
Mullion: slender vertical member between the lights in a window or screen opening.
Ogee: a double curve formed of a convex and a concave element.
Order: in medieval architecture, one of a series of recessed arches and jambs forming a splayed opening.
Parapet: a low wall concealing a gutter or roof.
Pier: large masonry support, usually for an arch.
Pinnacle: a small decorative turret or spire.
Respond: a half-
Reveal: the side of an opening in a wall between the framework and the face of wall.
Shaft: part of column between base and capital; small columns clustered around pillars or jambs.
Splay: an angled reveal.
References: Cocke, T. Recording A Church: an illustrated glossary, Council for British
Archaeology, 1989; Curl, J. S. English Architecture An Illustrated Glossary, David
& Charles, Newton Abbott, 1977
APPENDIX 2 Bell Inscriptions
1. ROBT. TAYLOR ST. NEOTS FECIT . 1799 Y (27 ins)
2. ROBT. TAYLOR ST. NEOTS FECIT . 1796 LEONARD WALLER & CHARLES
3. ROBT. TAYLOR FECIT . 1796. JOSEPH BUTT AND JOHN RIPPIN, CHURCHWARDENS (29 and a half ins)
4. WHILST THUS WE JOIN IN CHEERFUL SOUND LET LOVE AND LOYALTY
ABOUND A A (Coins) TAYLOR FECIT 1796 (33 ins)
5. THE C. WARDENS. THE OVER-
6. I TO THE CHURCH THE LIVING CALL AND TO THE GRAVE DO SUMMON ALL
TAYLOR FECIT. 1796. JOSEPH BUTT & JOHN RIPPIN CHURCHWARDENS (36 and a half ins)
Reference: A History of Huntingdonshire Vol.2; The Bells Of Huntingdonshire
APPENDIX 3 Church Plate
1. Silver communion cup inscribed 'Hartford in Com Huntingdon' and hall-
2. Silver paten on foot, inscribed 'The gift of John Waller, gent: for the use of the Church
of Hartford in the County of Huntingdon 1748,' but it bears the hall-
IHS Cross & Nails in a Glory made by John Rowe. (Geo. II)
3. Pewter Plate inscribed 'Hartford com Huntingdon 1749'
E.G.B. Priest. Sep. 23, 1903' Hallmarked 1903-
5. Paten, inscribed as above, but hallmarked for 1904-
into compartments and has a band of engraving around the top. Under the foot is a very long inscription
recording the gift of the piece to the church in 1912 in memory of Reginald Charles Coleridge. (In box)
band of engraving and around the middle of the body is the inscription '+ pascha nostrum immoltus
est christos' (I surmise that this item is inscribed in memory of Reginald Charles Coleridge,
drowned in the Titanic, 15 April 1912; and hall-
Reference: 1. Present 'Glebe Terrier'; 2. Fitzwilliam Museum receipt; 3. A History of Huntingdonshire Vol.2 20
APPENDIX 4 Memorials
1. Jacob Julien Baumgartner, d. 1816; Tryce Mary, his wife, d. 1815; Robert Jacob, their son, d. 1810;
and Tryce Mary Susanna, their daughter, d. 1835; John Thomas Baumgartner, of Godmanchester, d. 1874;
and Phillipa, his wife, d. 1882.
2. The Hon. Ursula [Cockburn Dickinson], daughter of Lord Londesborough, d. 1880
3. Window to Francis Trevelyan Egerton Cockburn-
4. Reginald Charles Coleridge, d. 1912.
5. Window renovated in memory of Leonard & Phyllis Everett 1983
1. John Sugar Thompson, d. 1846, and Susanna, his wife, d. 1842.
2. War Memorial, 1914-
Sergt Edward Frank Todd, Corpl Joseph Edwin Livett, M.M., Corpl George Robinson Wells,
Pte Albert Edward Rann, Pte Joseph Belsham, Pte Charles Amos Baxter, Pte Albert William Linford,
Pte George Childs, Pte Albert Walter Hall.
1. War Memorial, 1939-
to the memory of Alfred George Ernist Jones; George William Arthur Mitchell
and William Ernest Warren who lost their lives in the war.
1. Robert Waller, d. 1730.
2. Daniel John Hopkins MA Formerly curate and after vicar of the parish for 28 years 16-
3. Mary wife of Daniel Hopkins whose short but virtuous life was suddenly closed after giving birth to an infant
son on the evening of 1st Jan 1822 in the 27th year of her age.
Also of second wife Esther Barnard Hopkins whose zealous life was terminated by consumption on the
morning of the 23rd day of September 1827 in the 42nd year of her age.
1. Mary wife of John Waller, d. 1745, age 27.
2. Emily Lizette Gladwin, d. 1860, & a floor slab to E. L. G. by north door.
3. Leslie Charles Papworth devoted to the service of British legion 1888 -
4. Robert Hibberd 1904 to Jan. 1983, chorister for 60 years & sexton for 45 years.
1. John Trotter, citizen & grocer of London d. 1746 and Elizabeth (Snagg), his wife, d, 1742.
2. Leonard Waller, d. 1794, and Mary, his wife, d. 1764.
3. Charles Desborough 19th March 1929, Constance his wife 31st July 1929
1. The Rev. Vyner Snell, B.A., Rector of Doddington, Cambs, d. 1751; Mary, his daughter,
d. 1735; Margaret (Hall), his wife, d 1794; and her sister, Mary Hall. 21
HUNTINGDON COUNTY RECORD OFFICE
HARTFORD PARISH RECORDS (Ref: ACC. 2535/-
General 1538 -
(marriage entries cease in 1753) (M & B 1539 a)
Baptisms & Burials 1766 -
Baptisms 1813 -
Burials 1813 -
(with Banns, 1754 -
Marriages 1813 -
Banns 1824 -
(on the inside of the back cover are a few baptisms for 1893 -
Vestry Minute Book 1781 -
Overseers of the Poor: Account Book 1828 -
Printed copy of the Act for dividing, Allotting and Inclosing the 1771 2535/11
Open and Commable Fields, meadows, Pastures, Lands and
Waste Grounds of the Manor, Parish and Liberties of Hartford
Hartford Inclosure Award. 15 May, 1772 2535/12
Manor of Hartford: Copy of Court Roll. 5 Feb. 1813 2535/13
Manor of Hartford: Compensation Agreement conveyance. 23 July 1937 2535/14
Manor of Hartford: Attested copy of Conveyance & Enfranchisement 12 Nov 1859 2535/15
A large number of documents from the iron chest in the church, were deposited with the County record office in the 1980's. These had not been examined at the time of the research for this booklet.
Inscriptions of some churchyard memorials
A Sacred/ to the memory of/ JOHN PEACOCK/ (son of Rev. W PEACOCK/ and ANN his
wife)/ who died Feb 15th 1840/in the 45th year of his age/ Absent from the body present
with the Lord/ 2 Cor 3 37 verse/
B [ ]elict of the late/[ ]LIAM PEACOCK/ [ ]d this life 11 June 1835/[ ]16 year of her
age/ [ ] faith and hope of a joyful/ [ ]rection through Jesus Christ/ [ ] voice from heaven
saying unto me/ [ ] blessed are the dead which die in the/ [ ] from henceforth yea saith the
spirit/ (bottom line indistinct)/
(Broken headstone) [PR -
C In memory of/ the Rev WILLIAM PEACOCK/ Rector of Woolley/ in the County of Hun
tingdon/ who departed this life/ January the 10th 1817/ in the 68th year of his age/
(Headstone) [PR -
D To/the memory of/ GEORGE PEACOCK/ who died the 24 of August 1803/in his 15th
(Headstone) [PR -
E Sacred/ to the memory of/ ANNE AYLMER/ daughter of ROB AYLMER Gent/ who
departed this life/ on the 28th day of April 1824/ the day on which she completed/ the 61
year of her age/ This stone is erected by her/ sincere friend CATHERINE STEPHENSON/
F In/ memory of/ GEORGE YEW/ who died/ August 23rd 1821/ aged 65 years/ In/ memory
of/ MARY wife of/ GEORGE YEWS/ who died/ January 14th 1823 aged 71 years/
(Headstone) [P R -
Hemingford Grey bur 18 Jan 1823 aged 72]
G Sacred/ to the memory of/ JAMES HATFIELD/ who departed this life/ July 28th 1831/ in
the 55th year of his age/ Also of/ ANNE his wife/ who died Nov 8th 1863/ aged 78 years/
To the memory of/ ROBERT MARTIN/ HATFIELD son of/ JAMES and ANNE HAT
FIELD who died April 10 1837/ aged 17 years/ To the memory of/ MARY RUSSELL/
HATFIELD dau of/ JAS & ANNE HATFIELD/ who died May 1 1839/ aged 17 years/
ANN HULL/ HATFIELD/ died Decr 28th 1883/in her 69th year/ To the memory of/
JAMES the infant son/ of JAMES and/ ANNE HATFIELD/ who died April 8th 1818/ aged
(Square column with pyramidal cap) [P R -
H Sacred to the memory of/ the Revd HENRY SWEETING MA. died 29 June 1856 aged 39/
(Coped stone with cross-
Ia Sacred/ to the memory of/ BENEDICTA DELAMORE/ who died March/the 8 1782 aged
77/ Sacred/ to the memory of/ EVA WADE SON relict/ of ROB WADESON/ who died
November/ the 12 1781 aged 56/ Sacred/ to the memory of/ MARY WADE SON/ [ ? ]
daughter of/ ROBERT and/ ANN WADE SON/ who died May/ the 24 1830/ aged 77/
Sacred/ to the memory of/ the Revd EDW WADESON/ eldest son of ROBERT/ and EVA
WADESON/ who died September/ the 2nd 1818/ aged 67/
(Hexagonal column with pyramidal cap standing on No. lb) [P R -
(Rectangular stone face up beneath No. Ia) [P R -
J Sacred/ to the memory of/ HENRY STAMFORD/ who died October 22nd 1858 aged 66 years/ 23
(Headstone) [P R -
K To the memory of/ SUSANNA the wife/ of EDWARD ABRAHAM/ who died the 13/ of March 1807/ aged 36[?] years/
(Headstone) [P R -
L LEONARD BUTT/ who died Oct 2 1787/ aged 73/ Sacred to the memory of/ JOSEPH BUTT/ who departed this life/ November the 3 1804/ aged 63 years/ [ ]/MARY BUTT his wife who departed this life/ January the 11 181 1 aged 77 years/ Near this place/lies JOHN THOMPSON/ infant son of JOHN & MARY ANN/ BUTT/ who departed this life/ December the 9 1822, / aged/ five days/
(Square column with cap on square base) [P R -
M In memory of/ SAMUEL HALL/ who departed this life/ Jany 23/1818 aged 58 years/
(Headstone) [P R -
N In memory of/ HAM[?]ETT HALL/ who departed this life/ Jan 23, / 1815 aged 23 years/
(Headstone) [P R -
O In affectionate/ remembrance of/ ROBERT BURRELL/ who died 30th Sept 1863/ aged 46 years/ God hath not appointed us to wrath but/ to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ/ who died for us that whether we wake/ or sleep we should live together with Him/ Also of/ JANE BOWYER CRANFIELD/ wife of the above/ who died 17th March 1919/ aged 98 years/ At evening time it shall be light/
(Horizontal stone on low plinth. Indications that it was once within railings) [P R -
Pa In/loving memory/ of/ DANIEL CLARKE/ who died Augst 23rd 1818/ aged 70 years/ "Death is swallowed up in victory" 1 Cor XV 54/ "Where is death's sting?/ where grave thy victory?"/ Also of MARY ANN/ wife of the above/ who died at Barnsley Feb 10 1904/in her 84th year/ Her children arise up and call her/ blessed/ Also of CATHERINE TURNELL/ 3rd daughter of the above/ died May 25th 1910 aged 59 years/ Interred at Worsboro Dale/
(Headstone) [P R -
Pb D.C/1888 (footstone)
Reference: Mike Stephenson 1998 Original document: Huntingdonshire Family History Soci-
R Table Tomb, south of chancel, close to river wall, Henry Thomas Ban-
'Unknown to fame, nor wishing to be known, yet sleeps beneath this monumental stone, no common man, and ne'er was record set o'er one more worth an honest hearts regret. 24
Reference: P. C. M. Dickenson 1944
1086 First record in the Domesday Book of a wooden church at Hartford
1180 Present Church built under the Patronage of the Prior of Huntingdon.
1247 First record of Clergy.(List available up to the present day) 1349 John de Infirmaria de
Herford, as well as being Vicar was the Principal of the Infirmary of St. Giles which
stood in the Hartford Meadows, but closed in this year, because of the reduction in the
population owing to the Black Death. 1514 Parishioners took action against their
Patron, the Prior of Huntingdon, over Navigation Rights of the river, but were defeated.
1552 There were five bells in the late 15th century tower
1540 Due to the dissolution of the Monasteries, the Patronage of the Church became vacant.
1544 Sir Henry Williams, alias Cromwell, bought the land and acquired the Patronage of the Church.
1565 The parishioners took action against Sir Henry Williams due to his neglect of the maintenance of the Church.
1585 Sir Henry Williams was brought to trial and found guilty of not carrying out his duties to maintain the church.
1590 The Patronage of our church became the responsibility of the Crown.
1845 Old vicarage built.
1860 Vicarage extension
1861 Extensive restoration of the church took place.
1895 Restoration: roof re-
1898 Parish Hall built opposite vicarage gates.
1936 Vicarage refurbishment.
1948 Faculty to allow installation of electricity in the church. 1949 Chiming apparatus installed for bells.
1983 Present vicarage built.
2003 Reception facilities added to the church.
My primary source for information has been “All Saints Church Hartford – A brief guide and history” which was researched and compiled by Mrs L Coley & Mr D. Cozens in 1980.
This was updated in 1999 by Mr J.S. Craven.
Thanks are also due to Mike Stephenson of the Huntingdonshire Family History Society for providing and granting permission to use copyright resources of the Huntingdonshire Family History Society for this website.
If you are interested in finding out more there are a number of resources both online and using more traditional resources.
Those that I have identified are:
The Huntingdonshire Family History Society. The Hunts FHS has published the Hartford Parish Registers from 1538 -
These can be obtained from their bookstall at Huntingdon Library
Cambridgeshire Library online archives at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/catalogue/
The British History society especially at:
The Norris Museum, St Ives
The Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon