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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 55 - 1942  page 35

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

   Magdalen College, Oxon, B.A. 1858, M.A. 1862. Elected by the votes of thirty-five householders on Sunday, January 15th, 1865, but only remained a few months, being appointed in October to the rectory of Brockley, Bury St. Edmunds. Died 1897.

1865-1867. EDMUND LILLEY, M.A., B.D.
   Worcester College, Oxon. M.A. 1833, B.D. 1851. Elected by thirty-one votes, October 15th, 1865. The Borough of Dumbourne (which comprises Smallhythe) was, by an order in Council dated 9 May 1866, created a perpetual curacy and benefice by the name of Saint John the Baptist Smalhead, otherwise Smallhythe, and the register now kept there commences on 21st October following. Mr. Lilley tendered his resignation in July, 1867 to date from October 10th following; an election was accordingly ordered for September 8th to appoint his successor but this was considered premature and a further election directed to be held early the next year.

   St. Catherine's College, Cambridge. B.A. 1851. Re-elected to this benefice by the votes of thirty-four householders on Sunday, March 8th, 1868, and licensed May 19th. He died March 21st, 1899, and is buried in Nunhead cemetary, London.

   King's College, London. Son of the above, elected Sunday afternoon, May 7th 1899, by twenty-five votes against twenty-three recorded for the other candidate. Some difficulties arose and he did not obtain institution to the living but resigned on November 12th of the same year.

1900-1915. WALTER RAVEN.
   A Canadian clergyman. he was the unsuccessful candidate at the previous election, and on the resignation of Mr. Pizcy, the Archbishop of Canterbury1 offered the living to Mr. Raven, who accepted it and was inducted as the first Vicar of Smallhythe on April 2nd, 1900. In 1915 he became Vicar of Ide Hill near Sevenoaks, and remained there till 1924 when he resigned and went to Birmingham where he died in 1931.

1915-1921. ALAN BRUCE RONALD, M.A.
   Trinity College, Cambridge. Presented by the Feoffes and formally approved by the householders on Sunday, October 24th, 1915, and inducted February 2nd, 1916. In August, 1921, Archbishop Davidson gave him the rectory of Smeeth, near Ashford, and in 1938 Archbishop Lang collated him to the rectory of Biddenden.
   Dr. Frederick Temple, Archbishop, 1896-1902.

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