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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 55 - 1942  page 33

The Clergy of St John the Baptist, Smallhythe by A.H. Taylor

the result that on May 30th, 1672, he appeared before Master William Lovelace, surrogate, and declared "that hee is very sorry that hee hath run into contempt by officiating and preaching in the foremenconed Chappell of Smalhith wthout license contrary to ye Inhibicon of the Judge of this Court p'mising not to offend heerafter in this kinde and offering himselfe ready to p'forme any acknowledgmt for his offence in the premisses that shalbe enjoyned him by this court and wherefore hee humbly desired his absolucon from the suspension decreed and given ag't him in the cause." Other curates include BENJAMIN HORNER, B.A., 1686-87; THOMAS FISHENDEN, M.A., 1688-94; ROBERT MANBY, 1695-96; BENJAMIN HOLLINGWORTH, B.A., 1696-98; JAMES MEDE, 1698-1704; HUMPHREY HAMMOND, 1705-1708. These names are extracted from the Chapel Treasurer's Accounts in which are recorded the amounts paid to each curate for their services; they are noticed in Arch. Cant., XXX.

   Matriculated1 at All Soul's College, Oxon, 1697, and B.A. 1701. M.A. from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1711. Having acted as curate to Stephen Haffenden for a time, on his decease was nominated and elected by the Inhabitants of the Street of Smallhith to be their chaplain to which he was licensed December 13th, 1716. He was also Master of the Free School in Tenterden from 1702 and Rector of East Guldeford,

Sussex, from 1706. According to a local eighteenth century medical record2 he died from gout in his stomach and asthma 4 March 1735-6, and is buried in the churchyard at Tenterden.

   Curate of Wittersham in 1728. Licensed in response to this petition:3 "To the most Reverend Father in God, William, by Divine Providence, Lord Archbishop, etc. The Humble Petition of Richard Thoresby, clk, B.A. of Catherine Hall in Cambridge, Sheweth: That he hath been Regularly and duely Elected by the Inhabitants of the Chappelry of Smallhithe in the parish of Tenterden to be their Chaplain in the room of Humphrey Hammond dece'd late Chaplain thereof.

May it therefore please your Grace to grant him your Licence whereby he may be Enabled to perform the office of a Chaplain in the said Chappel of Smallhithe accordingly or of a curate in any other church or chapell within the Diocese to which he shall Remove with your Grace's consent. And he shall ever pray etc

   1 Foster's Alumni, Oxon.
    By Dr. Jeremiah Cliff, who practised in Tenterden, 1713-1743.
    Original document. Archdeaconry Records, Chapter Library

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