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1086 Domesday Book [14]
Carshalton, which had been five manors under King Edward the Confessor, was given by William the Conqueror as one manor to Geoffrey de Mandeville; the Lord of the Manor probably had the right to select clergy for the local church [1], [6]
12th year of the reign of King Henry II, that is, 19th Dec 1165 to 18th Dec 1166
Pharamus de Boulogne transferred the advowson (the right to choose a priest) for Carshalton to Merton Priory. Priors of Merton were "Rector" of Carshalton until the Priory was dissolved [1], [2]

Vicars

18 June 1301
William de Hatferd [2]
28 May 1306
William de Hovingham [2]
15 June 1309
Walter de Walsokne [2], [4]
24 May 1330
Roger Cole [2]
?
William de Middleton (priested 22 Sep 1347) [2]
1346–1366
registers lost [2]
?
Richard Gretton [2]
11 Dec. 1377
Peter Chekyn [2]
?
Peter Barbon [2]
20 April 1391
Nicholas Asser [2]
27 Feb. 1394
John Gernays [2], [4]
4 June 1395
Richard Priour [2]
19 May 1397
John Barbour [2]
?
Nicholas Vyrly [2]
1415–1446
registers lost [2]
?
Robert Green [2]
1427
Henry Bynne (or Lynne) [2]
12 Jan. 1453
John Clerk [2], [4]
1453–1459
no record of an appointment [4]
8 July 1459
John Clerk [2]
10 July 1472
John Persburgge  [2]
1 Sept. 1474
John Hylle [2]
?
Richard Meltham [2]
1492–1500
registers lost [2] but a replica of a tomb fragment (photo) in the Lady Chapel shows Walter Gaynesford, Chaplain, who died on 10 May 1493, in mass vestments [8]
3 Dec. 1527
Edmund Haltman [2]
11 Oct. 1536
Miles Braithwaite (the last vicar appointed by Merton Priory) [2]
1540
After the Dissolution of Merton Priory in 1538 [5], [17] (or perhaps 1540 [1]) King Edward VI had the advowson (the right to choose a priest) until 1552; then it was bought and sold privately [1] until 1961 [15]
17 July 1543
John Bayly [2]
20 Feb. 1549
Robert Brinknell [2], [4]
1 April 1552
Thomas Abbott [16]
2 June 1553
Roger Norwode [2]
9 May 1554
Richard Redworth [2]
2 June 1568
Randulph Becket [2]
24 Sept. 1568
Robert Eston [2]
29 April 1569
Daniel Edwards [2]
15 Feb. 1572
John Peers [2], [4]
26 Feb. 1613
Peter Dawson [2], [4] who moved in 1618 to become Vicar of Camberwell in place of his uncle who had died [7]
1616–1628
registers lost [2]
1624
William Quelche BD [2]; his memorial (photo) in the Lady Chapel says he was "a certain Fryer some times Vicar of this place" up to his death on 10 April 1654 [8]
1644–1651
no entries for which Revd William Quelch wrote a fulsome apology on 10 March 1651 [2]; this was a time of great upheaval and in 1644 Parliament branded Revd Peter Dawson (above) a malignant papist and royalist, and removed him from his living [7]
?
Isaac Cowper [2]
1654
William Parkes [2]
21 Oct. 1674
Thomas Bradley MA [2] DD, whose monument (photo) is in the south aisle [8], appointed by the Byne family who refused to vow allegiance to William of Orange; Thomas therefore refused too, and was expelled from the living [7 p78–79]
16 Dec. 1690
John Nelme [2] BA, appointed to both Beddington and Carshalton by his father-in-law Henry Byne, who was the last Lay Rector of Carshalton; Henry then gave the vicars half of the rectorial tithes which enabled them to become the kind of Rector we know today [7 p78–79]

Rectors

15 Nov. 1703
William Hillier [2]
5 Dec. 1738
Edmund Lodge [2] who was made rector as part of the settlement of a property dispute with the Byne family; he left Carshalton in 1759 when he was promoted to Archdeacon [7 p79,117]
6 June 1759
Robert Gilbert DD [2]
Jan. 1777
William Rose MA [2], commem­orated (photo) in the Lady Chapel [8]
27 August 1829
Charles Cator BD [16] who was imprisoned for debt and forced to resign in 1835 [7]
15 July 1835
William Hardy Vernon MA  [2], [15], [16]; his cousin Revd Charles Cator was still officially Rector, so perhaps William was Vicar [7]
1845
William Albemarle B. Cator MA [2] who was highly regarded, despite his repetitive services, for his generous spirit and excellent sermons [2] p.32, so he was com­mem­orated in 1894 by a new chancel east window (photo); his uncle Revd Charles Cator was still officially Rector in 1849, so perhaps William was Vicar [7]. Bishop Anthony Thorold of Rochester visited Carshalton on 15th July 1881 and wrote that the Rector was "a queer odd tempered man, yet not without good humour, and manageable if dextrously handled, is under the impression his parish is one of the best worked in the diocese ... I can't help liking him..."
22 Dec. 1884
Lord Victor A Seymour MA, b.1859 fourth son of the 5th Marquess of Hertford, married Elizabeth Cator; he was keen on ecumenism [7] and (contro­versially [3]) Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament; d.1935, com­mem­orated in:
  • a Lady Chapel wall monument (photo), commemorating the donation of...
  • ...the Lady Chapel west window stained glass (photo),
  • a family dedication in the Lady Chapel east window (photo[8],
  • the Lady Chapel reredos (photo),
  • and in the name of a local school.
1901
George P Trevelyan [4], [7]
1902
George Bower Vaux MA [4]
1919
William Robert Corbould: b. 1880; [9], an extreme anglo-catholic [7] (servers' nickname "Bob") [11]
1958–31 Jan. 2001
Leigh Cameron Edwards MA b. 1917 [10] (servers' nickname "Taffy")
1961
The right to choose a priest for the parish was given by the owner to the Bishops of Southwark [12]
27 Sept. 2001 – 16 July 2017
Canon John Charles Thewlis BA PhD (photo) b.1949, who described himself as "an historian" [13] and played the organ at about 25% of the services (photo)

References:

  1. Parishes: Carshalton, A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4 (1912), pp. 178-188. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43049 accessed 29 March 2014
  2. Brightling's History of Carshalton — A facsimile reprint of the 1882 illustrated edition, Sutton Libraries and Arts Services, 1972; ISBN 0 9503224 6 6, pages 85–89 (http://www.­medievalgenealogy.org.uk/­cal/reg5.htm accessed 29 March 2014 converts Brightling's "12 Henry II" into calendar dates)
  3. Anglican History - Reservation http://anglicanhistory.org/reservation/reservation1.html accessed 29 March 2014
  4. Notice-board in church (photo)
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merton_Priory accessed 29 March 2014
  6. Surrey Archaeological Collections Volume 7.djvu/479 available from either http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:Surrey_Archaeological_Collections_Volume_7.djvu/479
    accessed 29 March 2014
    or https://archive.org/stream/surreyarchaeolog26surruoft/surreyarchaeolog26surruoft_djvu.txt accessed 1 April 2014
  7. The Book of Carshalton: At the Source of the Wandle, based on talks by Michael Wilks, edited by Stella Wilks and Gordon Rookledge (Tiverton: Halsgrove 2002) ISBN 84114 1550, pages 116–124
  8. Inscription of a memorial in the church
  9. Corbould of Bath page 58 entry 1a http://www.corbould.com/tcgbook/pdf_ocr/TCG-07_Corbould_of_Bath_ocr.pdf accessed 29 March 2014
  10. The Bridge (the Southwark Diocesan newspaper) Vol 5 No 10 - December 2000, Obituaries
  11. Personal recollection of Kenneth Hughes (died 18 December 2013)
  12. London Metropolitan Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/A2A/records.aspx?cat=074-ds_4&cid=-1#-1 accessed 29 March 2014
  13. From the horse's mouth!
  14. Domesday Book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesday_Book accessed 29 March 2014; Carshalton's entry is reproduced in...
  15. A Topographical History of Surrey Edward Wedlake Brayley, John Britton, Edward William Brayley, page 65f, available from https://archive.org/details/topographicalhis04brayuoft accessed 29 March 2014
  16. Index ecclesiasticus; or, Alphabetical lists of all ecclesiastical dignitaries in England and Wales since the reformation (J Foster, ed, 1891) http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924029446873 accessed 29 March 2014; see page vii for Abbott, page 32 for Cator, and 180 for Vernon
  17. Merton Priory Museum of London Archaeological Service, 1993, ISBN 0 905174 20 8, p.6

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