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Mount Bures Rectory and its Clergy

List of the Clergy from 1361 onwards

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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 19th century.

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 Rectory

1675; Philip Havers, Deacon

He now procured the Rectory of Mount Bures
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 of Cranham Sold the property to John Brett
1790; John Brett of Wakes Colne Held the position until 1873
1873: Rev Nathaniel Davies from Norfolk  
1893: A.E Lefroy, London Barrister 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 Rushcock (Worcs)
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 College’s 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 College parishes:
The Reverend John Chandler to the Benefice of Wormingford and Mount Bures with
Little Horkesley;

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 their assistance.
(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

Published 12/6/2013
Updated 2018