In 1254 the Rectory was valued at 40s
Rectors are recorded from 1361, some
of them non-resident or pluralists.
The glebe was mentioned in 1494, and
a rectory house in 1565. The Rectory house was again mentioned in 1610.
The Old Rectory, which was sold c. 1958 when it was considered too large
and difficult to maintain, has a timber-framed three-bayed north front
which is probably earlier 18th-century. It was remodelled when extensive
new service quarters in red brick were built to the south in the earlier
From the list below, it`s difficult to ascertain which Clergy lived
at the Rectory
eg:- Philip Gurdon (1734) lived in the Bures St Mary Rectory
Henry Heath 1957) lived in the Rectory, Wormingford
Research by Rev John Chandler
Crockfords Clerical Directory
Clergy of the Church of England database
History of the County of Essex
Clergy with a possible connection to the
|1675; Philip Havers,
He now procured the Rectory of
Philip Havers, son of an ejected nonconformist minister, was ejected
in 1679 for using a substitute to swear his oaths and subscribe
to the articles.
|1785: Rev John Woodruffe
||Sold the property to
|1790; John Brett of
||Held the position until
|1873: Rev Nathaniel
Davies from Norfolk
|1893: A.E Lefroy, London
||Sold it to Rev A. G.
Maitland of Dudley (Worcs)
|1893: Rev A G Maitland
||Sold to T W Watson
|1904: Privately owned
by T.W Watson
|1910; Privately owned
by Emily Davies
||wife of W Davies of
|1936: William Davies
||In 1936 the Rector described
the parish as 'abnormally difficult', partly because leading parishioners
were not Anglicans
|1957: William Saunders
||The living accommodation
was considered unattractive by prospective incumbents because of
the poor state of the rectory house and the declining population
|1987 Rev A C Davies
||inherited by the son
of Emily Davies
|1987 Rev Davies donated
the property to
Keble College, Oxford
It would appear even today, Keble
College lists Mount Bures as one of its parishes.
The Colleges patronage
right has been suspended for the following benefices: Wormingford,
Mount Bures and Little Horkesley;
Extract from "The Keble Record 2009"
The following priests have been licensed or appointed to Keble
The Reverend John Chandler to the Benefice of Wormingford and
Mount Bures with
Extract from "The Keble Record 2013/14"
St Andrew, White Colne and the
Halstead Area Team Ministry
St John the Baptist, Mount Bures
Extract from the "Keble Parishes Cycle of Prayer"
|1996 New private owners
(a)Acknowledgment to the Rev John Chandler & John Cowlin for
(b)Mount Bures, its land and its peoples by Ida Mcmaster
(c)British History online- Mount Bures Church
(d)A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10..
(e)Keble College Oxford Archives