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A priest whose name is not now known was installed by Geoffrey de Manville[18]
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]
Alanus Presbyter was priest, having been installed by Faramus de Boulogne[18]
Hugo de Kersawelton was priest, having been installed by Merton Priory[18]
Walter Capellanus was priest, having been installed by Merton Priory[18]
April 1291
Roger de Patrikesburn was priest, having been installed by Merton Priory[18]
18 June 1301
William de Hatferd[2]
28 May 1306
William de Hovingham was installed[2], having been appointed by Edward I on 5 May 1306[18]
15 June 1309
Walter de Walsokne[2], [4]
24 May 1330
Roger Cole[2]
24 Feb. 1346
William de Middleton[18] (priested 22 Sep 1347)[2]
6 May 1354
Roger de Sileby (or Dalby)[18]
5 July 1361
Walter Lucas[18]
18 August 1361
Richard de Gretton, appointed by Edward III[18]
11 Dec. 1377
Peter de Estrodeham (alias Chekyn)[2], [18]
5 May 1385
Peter Barbour[18] or Barbon[2] (until 1392)
20 April 1391
Nicholas Asser[2],[18] (until 1394)
27 Feb. 1394 or 27 Feb. 1395
John Gernays[2],[4] or Gervays, appointed by John de Uvedale[18] (until 1395)
4 June 1395
Richard Priour[2]
19 May 1397
John Barbour of Milton Kaynes[2],[18]
5 May 1400
Nicholas Vyrly, appointed by Henry IV [2],[18] (until 3 August 1408)
3 August 1408
Robert Grene[18]
12 November 1409
John Aynulph, MA[18]
5 Feb. 1411[18] or 1427[2]
Henry Bynne (or Lynne)[2] (until 1452)
Peter Barron [18] (until 1472)
12 Jan. 1453
John Clerk[2], [4] (until 1472)
no record of an appointment[4]
8 July 1459
John Clerk[2]
10 July 1472
John Persburgge [2] (or Percebrigg[18]) (died 1474)
1 Sept. 1474
John Hylle [2]
John Leeke, released from Erdebury Priory, Warwickshire by papal bull of Pope Alexander VI in order to take up a parish appointment[18]
died 1493
A replica of a tomb fragment in the Lady Chapel shows Walter Gaynesford, Chaplain, who died on 10 May 1493, in mass vestments[8]
Richard Meltham [2],[18]
2 Dec. 1527[18] or 3 Dec. 1527[2]
Edmund Haltman [2],[18] (until 1536)
11 Oct. 1536
Miles Braithwaite MA (the last vicar appointed by Merton Priory)[2] (until 1543)
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]. All of the owners except royalty were related to Nicholas Gaynesford, buried in the Lady Chapel[18].
17 July 1543
John Bayly[2] (appointed by Henry VIII, resigned with effect from January 1549 when the first Book of Common Prayer was introduced[18])
20 Feb. 1549
Robert Brinknell[2],[4] (or Richard Brinknell, appointed by Edward VI[18])
1 April 1552[16] or 1 April 1549[18]
Thomas Abbott MA[16], appointed by Sir William Goringe[18] (until 1553)
2 June 1553
Roger Norwode BA[2], appointed by Sir William Goringe[18] (until 1554)
9 May 1554
Richard Redworth MA[2] (or Redworthe), appointed by Sir William Goringe[18]
2 June 1568
Randulph[2] or Ranulph Becket, appointed by John Fromond[18]
24 Sept. 1568
Robert Eston, appointed by John Fromond[2],[18]
29 April 1569
Daniel Edwards, appointed by John Fromond[2],[18] (died 1571)
15 Feb. 1572
John ap Peers, a Welshman from Flintshire, appointed by John Fromond[2],[4],[18]
26 Feb. 1613
Peter Dawson[2],[4] or Danson MA[18], appointed by Mrs Sanchia Byne, Mrs Elizabeth Palmer and Mrs Susan Mowne, who moved in 1618 to become Vicar of Camberwell in place of his uncle who had died[7]
1624[2] or 1 May 1620[18]
William Quelche BD[2], appointed by Edward Blower; his memorial 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]
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]
William Parkes, appointed by Charles Burton[2],[18]
12 Oct. 1661
Isaac Cowper[2], appointed by Henry Byne I, possibly not a priest but installed temporarily[18]
21 Oct. 1674
Thomas Bradley MA[2] DD, whose monument is in the south aisle[8], appointed by the Henry Byne I who refused to vow allegiance to William of Orange; Thomas therefore refused too, and was expelled from the living in 1689[7 p78–79]
16 Dec. 1690
John Nelme[2] BA, appointed to both Beddington and Carshalton by his father-in-law Henry Byne II [18], 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]
15 Nov. 1703
William Hillier[2] or Hollier BA MA, appointed by Henry Byne II [18]
5 Dec. 1738
Edmund Lodge[2] BA MA, appointed by Henry Byne II [18] 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],[18]
6 June 1759
Robert Gilbert MA DD[2], appointed by Ann and Henry Byne II [18] (died 30 November 1776)
Jan. 1777
William Rose MA[2], FRS, appointed by Joseph Rose[18], died 1829 and commemorated in the Lady Chapel[8]
27 August 1829
Charles Cator MA BD[16], appointed by John Cator[18], imprisoned for debt and forced to resign in 1835[7]
15 July 1835
William Hardy Vernon MA  [2],[15],[16], appointed by John Cator[18], but his cousin Revd Charles Cator was still officially Rector, so perhaps William was Vicar[7] (until 1845)
26 June 1845
William Albemarle B. Cator MA[2] appointed by Albemarle Cator[18], 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; 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:
George P Trevelyan[4], [7]
George Bower Vaux MA[4] (until 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"[11])
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
John Charles Thewlis BA PhD b.1949, who described himself as "an historian" [13] and played the organ at about 25% of the services
13 Sept. 2018 to date
David Stephen Fisher BTh (Oxon) SCP licensed as Priest-in-Charge until a suitable rectory is available


  1. Parishes: Carshalton, A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4 (1912), pp. 178-188. 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
  3. Anglican History - Reservation anglicanhistory.org/reservation/reservation1.html accessed 29 March 2014
  4. Notice-board in the church building
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merton_Priory accessed 29 March 2014
  6. Surrey Archaeological Collections Volume 7.djvu/479 available from either https://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 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 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 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 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) 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
  18. Emails from Richard Wright dated 22 and 24 March 2019

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