Vicars of Holne

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 140.


T. Cann Hughes

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Church of St Mary the Virgin at Holne was built circa 1300, and was enlarged early in the 16th century. Around this time a carved and painted rood screen was installed, together with a matching pulpit of unusual design. A hollow yew tree in the churchyard was thought to have been planted around 1300. Nearby is a prominent cross, with an octagonal cross section, marking the grave of the Rev. John Gill, who was vicar of Holne from 1858 to 1917—his 90th year. The novelist and clergyman Charles Kingsley was born in the vicarage while his father was curate-in-charge here for a few months  A list of the incumbents of Holne between 1588 and 1858 is provided by Brian Brassett on Genuki Devon’s Holne page. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 112. VICARS OF HOLNE. - Information is sought respecting the following, who were beneficed at Holne between the years shewn: — 

(a) Nicholas Stephens, 1660- 1699 (whom did he marry?) 

(b) Philip Atherton, 1746- 1752 (when and where did he die 
and where was he buried ? Whom did he marry?) 

(c) John Nosworthy, 1752- 1765. 

(d) John Brutton, 1769-1771. 

(e) John Mogridge, 1 771 -1783. 

(f) John Charter, 1783-1821.             T. CANN HUGHES.