Rectors of St.Mary’s, Church, Carlton

1229  John De Lega Gerinus
1275  Thomas Pyrot
1284  Richard De Suthgivel
1291  Thomas Pyrot
1330   Master William de Stondon
1351   William Castel
1352   John de Wode Ford
1358   William Man de Wolaston
1367   Henry Kaytwayte and John Tirell
1379   Roger Midulton
1385   John Childe
1404   John Yevelden
1417   John Sumptere
1457   John Smyth
1464   John Dee and Master John Cokkes
1488   Master Thopmas Parmenter
1520   John Sherard
1521   William Lane
1540   Thomas Poley and William Valentine
1560   William Yate
1564   Thomas Holiday
1576   Thomas Welles MA
1642   William Pargiter
1647   Nathaniel Coles
1657   Thomas Greatbach
1683   Joseph Chadderton MA
1720   Benjamin Rogers MA
1769   Deed of Union with Chellington
1769   William Hooper MA
1828   Henry John Ellman B.Ch.
1862   William Sweet Escott SCR, MA
1875   William Henry Dennis MA
1909   William Wolfenden Kenny MA
1914   Herbert Bouschier Wiggins Dennison MA
1923   Henry Edwards Dodd
1930   Edwin Mighell Cox
1931   Albert Victor Ledbury
1964   Peter Eugene Blagdon-Gamlen
1968   Ronald Gavin Henderson Cooper MA
1972   Charles Alfred Billington BA
1981   David Richard Thurburn-Huelin BA
1988   Jonathan Peter Smith BD, A.K.C.
1997   Geoffrey V Gillard BA, M.Phil
1999   Jean Burrows
2008   Jane Fox BA





St Mary's Church, Carlton: Historical Background


Carlton Church is first mentioned in 1206, when Gerinus de Leigh held the right to appoint the priest. By that time the church had already been standing for 250 years.

The building was begun around 950, and originally consisted of a nave with a short chancel. By 1100 the west tower had been added. Evidence of the Saxon origin of the church can be seen in the exterior of the north wall of the chancel and lower windows in the tower.

In 1275 the south aisle was built, and in 1310 the north aisle and doorway were added. In 1330 the chancel was lengthened and the south chapel built. This chapel was later taken down and the windows re-used in the east wall of the south aisle and the south wall of the chancel, where the blocked up arch is visible. At this time also a chamber with a lean-to roof was built at the south-west corner against the tower and the wall of the south aisle. This was probably a priest's house and the remains of a chimney can be seen at first floor level outside.

The 15th century saw more alterations to the church. A half-arch was made in the north arcade near the organ. This may have been a 'squint' allowing a better view from the north aisle. The clerestory was added, and also at this time the belfry stage of the tower was rebuilt. Diagonal buttresses were added and the spiral staircase inserted in the north-west corner. The present porch was rebuilt and replaces one that was a little to the east. The rood screen, also 15th century,would have supported a loft. The loft has been destroyed, but the chuch building as we see it now was complete.

Later centuries have seen changes only in furniture and fittings.Most of the nave pews were installed in the 16th century and the pulpit is 17th century, but on a modern base. The fine stained glass in the 14th century east window was made by F. X. Zettler of Munich in 1904. The organ dates from 1920. There is a story that local men serving in France during the First World War ran a lucrative pig farm in their spare time, and that the organ was purchased with the proceeds!

The tower contains six bells; the treble and second were cast by Taylors of Loughborough in 1997 and 1994 respectively; the third by Hugh Watts, 1602, and inscribed 'Praise the Lorde'; the fourth by Taylors in 1868; the fifth was recast by Gillett and Johnston in 1920 and retains the old inscription 'S. Marthe'. The tenor is now believed to have been cast by John Mitchel of Wokingham c.1490; it is dedicated to St. John and carries the inscription' In multis annis resonet campana Johannis'. The bells are rung every Sunday before morning worship.

Recently extensive restoration work has been carried out on the exterior stonework. The north and south aisle roofs have been re-covered and work on the roof timbers can be seen from inside. The two windows that were formerly in the old south chapel have been restored as memorials.

The benefice of St Mary, Carlton with Chellington was combined with that of St Peter, Harrold in 1964.










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