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The following account of a Harvest Festival service held in Plumtree Church in November 1880 was printed in the Nottinghamshire Guardian on 12 November 1880. It is reproduced below verbatim with explanatory information added in the form of pop-up footnotes.

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On Thursday last the village of Plumtree was all astir, it being the day appointed for the opening of the new organ [1] which has just been completed. This was made the occasion for celebrating the annual Harvest Festival.

The church was reopened, after very considerable alterations and additions, in 1875, and has been further beautified by the liberality of the Rector (the Rev. Wm. Burnside [2]) by mural decorations designed by Mr. Bodley [3], the architect for the restoration of the church, and the addition of a window in the chancel to the memory of Miss Frances Emily Burnside [4], of Lamcote.

For some time past the services have been effectively and carefully rendered by a surpliced choir composed of boys and men all belonging to the village, who have been ably instructed by the organist, Mr. Campbell [5], who is also the schoolmaster. The organ, however, was thought to be scarcely large enough or good enough for so beautiful a church, nor quite in keeping with the capacities of the choir. Mr. Wm. Elliott Burnside [6], of Gedling, nephew of the Rector whose love of music and liberality prompted him to give a handsome organ to his own parish church, at Gedling, expressed a strong wish to be allowed to present Plumtree Church with a similar gift, and his kind offer was accepted by the Rector.

Last Thursday saw the organ completed, and it was made, as was fitting, the occasion of a special service in conjunction with the Harvest Festival. The instrument was built by Messrs. Wordsworth and Maskell [7], of Leeds.

A very elaborate and beautiful case [8] has been designed by Mr. Bodley, and decorated under his direction with that well-known good taste and artistic skill for which he is deservedly celebrated. The organ bears the following inscription: "To the Glory of God and in pious memory of Frances Emily Burnside this organ was placed in the Church of S. Mary, Plumtree, by William Elliott Burnside in the year of our Lord 1880."

The service commenced with the harvest hymn, "Come, ye thankful people, come" [9], sung as a processional. Tallis' Festal Responses were used in the service, the first part of which was intoned by the Rev. A. Marshall [10], rector of Heythrop, Oxon, and formerly curate of Plumtree; the latter part being taken by the Rector. The first lesson was read by the Rev. F. Sutton [11], rector of Brant Broughton [12], Lincolnshire; and the second lesson by the Rev. H. Seymour [13], rector of Holme Pierrepont. The Proper Psalms, 144 [14]  and 147 [15], and the Canticles were sung to Single Anglican Chants. The anthem was "Ye shall dwell in the land" (Stainer), the bass solo in which was sung by the Rev. A. Marshall, and the treble solo by Archibald White [16], of S. Werburgh's Church [17], Derby.

The service was accompanied throughout by Mr. Campbell, and great credit was due to choir and organist for the way in which everything was rendered. We may add that the choir wore cassocks for the first time. The voluntaries before and after service were played by Mr. Wordsworth (of the firm of Wordsworth and Maskell), who very skilfully and ably brought out the varied beauties of the organ, which was much admired by all for its sweetness and brilliancy of tone. We understand that the cost of the organ, exclusive of case, was about £370 [18].

A very eloquent and able sermon, which was listened to with marked attention by an appreciative congregation, was preached by the Rev. the Hon. Wm. Byron [19], from the text "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace," – Ephesians 4:3 - from which, connecting it with the events of the day, he delivered a most admirable and practical discourse on the beauty and necessity of harmony and concord in the parochial and domestic life.

The hymn before the sermon was 231 A. and M., "For ever with the Lord" [20]. After the sermon hymn 365 A. and M., "O Lord of heaven, and earth, and sea," [21] was sung, during which a collection was made in aid of the fund for the establishment of the Bishopric of Southwell [22]. The sum realised was £7 18s.

A large number of private friends and neighbouring clergy were entertained by the Rector and Mrs. Burnside, amongst whom were present the Rev. Lord Hawke and Lady Hawke [23], the Rev. the Hon. W. Byron and Mrs. Byron [19], the Rev. P. Douglas and Lady Byron [24], Mrs. Burnside [25] (Gedling), Miss Burnside [26] (Lamcote), Mr. and Mrs. F. Wright [27], Mr. and Mrs. G. Fellows [28], Mrs. Taylor [29], the Rev. H. Seymour and Misses Seymour [13], the Rev. F. Sutton [11], Rev. A. Hensley and Mrs. Hensley [30], Rev. H. and Mrs. Ling [31], Rev. H. Hayman [32], Rev. Jos. Brooke [33], Rev. J. and Miss Bateman [34], Rev. J. Cruft [35], Mrs. F. and Miss Smith (Bramcote) [36], Mrs. and Miss Holden [37], Mrs. H. Story [38], Mrs. Heymann [39], Mrs. Rawnsley [40], Mrs. Millington Knowles [41], Mr. Need and Miss Roper, Miss Franklin [44], Mr. W. E. Burnside [45], Rev. A. Marshall [10], Misses Eddie [46], Mrs. Browne (Cotgrave-place) [47]

The church was very tastefully decorated with the usual flowers, and fruits, and corn, and produce, which are so general at our Church Harvest Festivals. Plumtree is now amongst the most beautiful of our Notts. churches, and is well worthy of a visit by all who value a hearty service, and appreciate beauty of colouring and artistic design in ecclesiastical decoration.


Original research by Phil Carruthers

This item is based on an article that appeared in the Nottinghamshire Guardian, dated 12 November 1880 and is made available via the British Newspaper Archive. ©The British Library Board. All rights reserved.


[1] The organ. The picture below shows the console of the Plumtree organ.

diagram of the organ console

The organ features two manuals (keyboards), one of which operates the Swell Organ (so called because it can be 'swollen' or diminished by the swell doors), and the other operating the Choir Organ (for accompanying the choir). There is also a set of foot pedals which operate the Pedal Organ.

Also present is a series of pipes - arranged in order of tone and controlled by stops - and three couplers, which allow the organist to couple the Swell or Choir Organ to the Choir or Pedal Organ.

[2] Rev. Wm Burnside. William Burnside was born in 1817, the second son of William Stanford Burnside. He was ordained by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1841 and, in 1847, was presented to the living of Broxholme, Lincolnshire. On 20 November 1856 he married Frances (Fanny) Houson, daughter of the Rev. Henry Houson, rector of Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire. They had no children.

In 1865, on the death of his uncle, Rev. John Burnside, William became rector of Plumtree, being presented by his brother, John Elliott Burnside, of Gedling (Lord of the Manors of Tollerton and Plumtree). He remained rector of Plumtree until his death. In 1876 he was chaplain to the High Sheriff (his brother John Elliott Burnside).

William died on Saturday 7th April 1883, at Fulbeck, near Grantham, in the residence of his brother-in-law, Captain Henry Basil Houson. William's obituary in the Grantham Journal stated:

“Mr. Burnside never sought prominence, either as a popular preacher or in any sphere of public life, but his kindness of heart and unobtrusive generosity were unbounded, and he will be greatly missed by his parishioners and throughout the county generally”.

For more information about the family, see The Burnsides page.

[3] Mr. Bodley

george frederick bodleyGeorge Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), pictured, left and Thomas Garner (1839-1906), were among the most prolific and respected architects in the Victorian period, and more specifically in the Gothic Revival school of design.

At the age of eighteen, Bodley became the first pupil of renowned architect George Gilbert Scott, living and working with him for several years, before branching out on his own in 1856. Thomas Garner also studied under Scott.

In 1869, Bodley and Garner formed a partnership that would last almost thirty years, designing, restoring, and decorating a great many religious (and some secular) buildings, including St Alban’s Church, Sneinton (now a Ukranian Catholic church) and St Michael’s Church, Camden (1879-85). 1874 saw the pair, together with George Gilbert Scott Jr., (the son of their mentor) found Watts & Co, who still trade today as “the world’s foremost purveyor of fine ecclesiastical designs, textiles, furnishings and accessories”.

Bodley and Garner dissolved their partnership amicably in 1896, possibly due to fears that Garner’s recent conversion to Roman Catholicism could harm Bodley’s reputation.

[4] Miss Frances Emily Burnside. Frances Emily Burnside was the daughter of John and Henrietta Burnside. She was born in 1829 and was baptised in Plumtree Church on 01 January 1830. She died on 27 December 1875.

Frances Emily was one of seven children of Rev. John Burnside (rector of Plumtree from 1816 to 1864) and Henrietta Anne Julia, daughter of Wm. Thompson, Esq. of Kilham, Yorkshire. After their father's death, the three unmarried daughters (Anne Adelaide, Mary and Frances Emily) lived at Lamcote House, Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Frances Emily was the aunt of William Elliott Burnside, who presented the organ to Plumtree Church and dedicated it to her memory.

For more information about the family, see The Burnsides page.

[5] Mr. Campbell. John T. Campbell was Plumtree’s schoolmaster and the church choirmaster. He was born in Derby around 1851, and appears on the 1881 Plumtree census living with his wife Mary, who was the schoolmistress, and their five children: Lilian (7), Archibald (6), Winifred (4), Eleanor (2) and Rosamund (1).

Campbell was head teacher of Plumtree School from 1873 to 1884.

[6] Mr. Wm. Elliott Burnside. William Elliott Burnside was the nephew of Rev. William Burnside and was the last Burnside to be Lord of the Manors of Tollerton and Plumtree.

William Elliott Burnside was born in 1845 and was baptised in Ruddington on 05 May 1845. His father was John Elliott Burnside (Lord of the Manors of Tollerton and Plumtree from 1870), his mother was Julia Georgiana Burnside, the second daughter of Rev. John Burnside (rector of Plumtree from 1816 to 1864) and Henrietta Anne Julia Burnside (née Thompson).

On 24 April 1892, William Elliott Burnside married Alice Mary Cross in St Mary's Church, Lutterworth, Leics. They had no children and after William Elliott's death 1911 his wife Alice held the estates until her death in 1927. She had the Burnside Memorial Hall built in memory of her husband.

When Mrs Burnside died in 1927 there were no close relatives to inherit and the estate was left to Edward Franklin Clements, a second cousin once removed of William Elliott Burnside.

For more information about the family, see The Burnsides page.

[7] Wordsworth and Maskell. Joshua Wordsworth and Samuel Maskell were organ builders based in Hanover Street, Leeds, whose organs could be found in well over a hundred English churches - including St Helen’s Church, Brant Broughton (another church which underwent restoration by Bodley) - and many of Britain’s former colonies, even as far afield as New South Wales, Australia.

The Wordsworth and Maskell partnership was formed in 1866, and amicably dissolved in 1888 when, with the addition of John Edward Wood, it became Wordsworth & Co. Three generations later the Wood family are still renowned organ builders, trading as Peter Wood & Son.

[8] Organ case. The organ at St Mary’s was built by Wordsworth and Maskell, and features a case (pictured below, left) designed by the Rev. Frederick Sutton and decorated by George F. Bodley.

It was possibly inspired by the 14th Century Gothic organ case at Strasbourg Cathedral (pictured below, right).

organ case at st mary's, plumtreeorgan case at strasbourg cathedral

[9] "Come, ye thankful people, come"

1. COME, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of Harvest-home:
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
GOD, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to GOD'S own Temple, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.

3. For we know that Thou wilt come,
And wilt take Thy people home;
From Thy field wilt purge away
All that doth offend, that day;
And Thine Angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In Thy garner evermore.

2. All this world is GOD'S own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares therein are sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
Ripening with a wondrous power
Till the final Harvest-hour:
Grant, O LORD of life, that we
Holy grain and pure may be.

4. Come then, LORD of mercy, come,
Bid us sing Thy Harvest-home:
Let Thy saints be gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin;
All upon the golden floor
Praising Thee for evermore:
Come, with all Thine Angels come;
Bid us sing Thy Harvest-home.

Written in 1844 by Henry Alford (1810-1871), and set to the tune of St George’s Windsor, by Sir George J. Elvey (1816-1893)

[10] Rev. A. Marshall. Rev. Arthur William Beaty Marshall was curate to the rector of Plumtree (Rev. William Burnside) for six years until 1879. He was then appointed to the rectory of Heythrop, near Chipping Norton, Oxon, in the gift of Mr. Albert Brassey, of Heythrop Park, master of the Heythrop hounds.

On leaving Plumtree, Rev. Marshall was presented with… ”several very gratifying tokens of respect and esteem, among which were an alabaster and ormolu drawing-room clock, from the parishioners of Normanton and Plumtree; a silver-plated inkstand, from the Sunday-school children; a silver-plated fish slice and fork, from the Plumtree Cricket Club; a gold lever watch, from the Rev. William Burnside; and a silver tea and coffee-pot, from Mrs. Wm. Burnside; besides several handsome presents from more private friends.”

Whilst rector of Heythrop, he married Lizzie Blanche Dyer on November 24th 1898 at St. George’s Church, Edgbaston.

In 1901 Rev Marshall returned to  Nottinghamshire, as the rector of St. Peter’s Church Clayworth. Whilst there, he wrote a paper about the church which is available on the Nottinghamshire History website at: http://goo.gl/tcNrrH.

He remained at Clayworth until his death on 11th May 1925, aged 83. He was survived by his wife, and son Hugh Arthur.

[11] Rev. F. Sutton. Rev. Frederick Heathcote Sutton MA was the sixth son of Sir Richard Sutton and became Rector of St. Helen's Church in Brant Broughton in 1872. He was a wealthy, well-travelled man with a passion for medieval art. The outside of St. Helen's Church was well known for its carvings and decoration, but the inside had been stripped of every vestige of its ancient fittings. Rev. Sutton set about restoring it, paying for much of it himself.

He designed and made most of the stained glass and the village blacksmith made all the wrought iron decorative work. His architects were Messrs Bodley & Garner and the church today stands as a monument to their skill and taste.

Rev. Sutton was an authority on church organs, and wrote the standard text of the subject - Church Organs: Their Position and Construction.

[12] Brant Broughton. brant broughton churchSt Helen’s Church, Brant Broughton is a Grade I listed church. While the current church dates back to the 14th Century (and another church was reported as existing on the site in 1086) it underwent a significant restoration between 1873 and 1876 by George Frederick Bodley and Rev. Frederick Sutton.

St Helen’s was featured in Simon Jenkins’s book England’s Thousand Best Churches [Penguin 1999], receiving a prestigious four-star rating and notes: “The exterior is enlivened with superb 14th century decoration, a gallery of Gothic carving… The interior is of the same period, but deferentially restored by a Victorian rector in collusion with the architect C.F.Bodley. Together they represent a model of original Gothic and Gothic revival…”.

[13] Rev. H. Seymour. Reverend Henry Seymour BA (1825 - 1911) was Rector of St. Edmund’s Church, Holme Pierrepont from 1864 until 1905.

Born in Gloucester and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, he married Susannah Biscoe Tritton in 1851, and the pair had eight children: five daughters and 3 sons.

Following Susannah’s death in 1889, he married his second wife, Emmeline Millicent Walker, in 1892. He passed away in 1911, and Emmeline died a year later; the pair are buried in St. Edmund’s churchyard.

[14] Psalm 144 (King James version)

1 Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.
3 Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
7 Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;
8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
10 It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
11 Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
13 That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

[15] Psalm 147 (King James version)

1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.

[16] Archibald White was born in Derby in 1867, and was the third child of Philip and Elizabeth White. By the time of the 1891 census he was working as a bank clerk, and by 1901 had become a bank manager.

Those censuses showed him as having a brother, Frederick Ernest, fourteen years his junior. However, the Derby School Register of 1896 shows Frederick listed as the son of Archibald White (the latter employed by Lloyds Bank in Derby) - Archibald may possibly have become a surrogate father to Frederick after their father’s death in 1890.

[17] st werburghs churchSt. Werburgh's Church, Derby is an Anglican church. The history of the building itself spans several centuries, the oldest remaining part being its 15th Century tower (rebuilt in 1604) and the chancel built in 1699. Further to this, a large Gothic Revival-style chapel was added to the building in the 1890s under the direction of Samuel Bloomfield.

Renowned lexicographer Dr Samuel Johnson married his wife Elizabeth Porter at St Werburgh’s in 1735. This famous union is annually re-enacted. More recently, the Church sadly became Redundant in 1990, with the so-called Johnson Tower being taken into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and the newer chapel made available to commercial interests.

After a brief, unsuccessful stint as a shopping centre, the chapel stood derelict for several years, but is now open to the public and home to art exhibitions and concerts.

[18] £370. Estimates of how much £370 in 1880 would be worth today vary between £33,000 and £41,000.

[19] Rev. the Hon. William Byron (1831-1907) was the first cousin once removed of the renowned poet Lord Byron. He was Rector of St. Helen’s Church, Trowell for several years.

William Byron’s first wife was Mary Elizabeth (née Kindersley), daughter of High Court Vice-Chancellor Richard Torin Kindersley. They had five children; sadly Mary Elizabeth died in 1877.

His second wife was Mary (née Burnside), daughter of the Rev. John Burnside (Rector of Plumtree) and Henrietta Anne Julia Burnside. The pair married in 1878 and had no children.

William died in May 1907 at the age of 75 in in Winchester, Gloucestershire. His obituary in the Nottingham Evening Post described him as “a cultured and effective preacher… well known in the neighbourhood of Nottingham.” Mary Byron died in October 1888, aged 57, and is buried in Plumtree churchyard (Plot 76).

[20] "For ever with the Lord"

1. "FOR ever with the Lord!"
Amen; so let it be;
Life from the dead is in that word,
'Tis immortality.
Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day's march nearer home.

3. "For ever with the LORD!"
FATHER, if 'tis Thy Will,
The promise of that faithful word
Even here to me fulfil.
Be Thou at my right hand,
Then can I never fail;
Uphold Thou me, and I shall stand,
Fight, and I must prevail.

2. My FATHER'S house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith's foreseeing eye
Thy golden gates appear I
Ah! then my spirit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright inheritance of Saints,
Jerusalem above.

4. So when my latest breath
Shall rend the veil in twain,
By death I shall escape from death,
And life eternal gain.
Knowing as I am known,
How shall I love that word,
And oft repeat before the Throne,
"For ever with the LORD!"

Words: James Montgomery, 1835

[21] "O Lord of heaven, and earth, and sea"

1. O LORD of heaven, and earth, and sea,
To Thee all praise and glory be;
How shall we shew our love to Thee,
Who givest all ?

5. For souls redeemed, for sins forgiven,
For means of grace and hopes of heaven,
FATHER, what can to Thee be given,
Who givest all?

2. The golden sunshine, vernal air,
Sweet flowers and fruit, Thy love declare;
When harvests ripen, Thou art there,
Who givest all.

6. We lose what on ourselves we spend,
We have as treasure without end
Whatever, LORD, to Thee we lend,
Who givest all.

3. For peaceful homes, and healthful days,
For all the blessings earth displays,
We owe Thee thankfulness and praise,
Who givest all.

7. Whatever, LORD, we lend to Thee
Repaid a thousandfold will be;
Then gladly will we give to Thee.
Who givest all;

4. Thou didst not spare Thine Only Son,
But gav'st Him for a world undone,
And freely with that Blessèd One,
Thou givest all.

8. To Thee, from Whom we all derive
Our life, our gifts, our power to give:
O may we ever with Thee live,
Who givest all.

5. Thou giv'st the HOLY SPIRIT'S dower,
SPIRIT of life, and love, and power,
And dost His sevenfold graces shower
Upon us all.


Words: Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Wordsworth, 1863

[22] The creation of the Bishopric of Southwell has its roots in the ecclesiastical unrest, and the resultant reforms, of the nineteenth century.

In 1835 Sir Robert Peel created the Ecclesiastical Duties and Revenues Commission, partly in response to concerns about the Church of England’s lack of bishops (it had the lowest ratio of bishops to laypeople of any episcopal Church in Europe) and the excessive wealth many bishops had in contrast to lower-ranking clergymen. Comprising a group of ministers and bishops (including the Archbishops of Canterbury and York) this Commission sought to make all dioceses broadly equal in terms of their population, geographical area, income, and the number of benefices they held, as well as redistributing excess income to less prosperous sees.

However, while the Commissioners recognised a need for more bishops, they disliked the idea of non-parliamentary bishops, i.e. bishops without a seat in the House of Lords. As a result, while some new dioceses were created, others were merged or rearranged, so as to keep the total number of bishops in the House of Lords at twenty-six.

Prior to the reforms of 1835 to 1847, Nottinghamshire was part of the Diocese of York. However, as this Diocese was deemed unmanageably large, Nottinghamshire (minus the Deanery of Southwell) was transferred to the Diocese of Lincoln in 1839, with Southwell following in 1844.

In 1847 a commission of enquiry suggested the creation of a Diocese of Southwell (among others), as did the 1854 report from the Royal Commission of Cathedrals, and the Convocations of Canterbury and York in 1865. The ‘Bishopric of Southwell’ was proposed again in the Bishoprics Act 1878, and finally created in 1884, including the counties of Derby and Nottingham. Derby became its own Diocese in 1927, and Southwell was returned to the Province of York in 1935. More recently, in 2005 the Privy Council passed a motion which renamed the Diocese of Southwell to the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

[23] Rev. Lord Hawke and Lady Hawke. Rev. Edward Henry Julius Hawke, 6th Baron Hawke of Towton. Edward was born on 24 December 1815, attended Cambridge University and became vicar at Coates in Gloucestershire. He arrived at the rectory in Willingham by Stow (near Gainsborough) in 1854 as a thirty nine year old bachelor.  This didn’t last very long: he married Jane Dowker of Laysthorpe, Yorkshire on July 9th 1857 when he was forty two and she was seventeen.  Jane bore him ten children, eight of whom were born in the rectory. Rev. Edward, became the 6th Lord Hawke and remained as a clergyman in Willingham for a further five years following his elevation to the peerage

Edward’s son, Martin Bladen Hawke, was a renowned cricketer active from 1881 to 1911, playing for Yorkshire and England.  The Rev. Hawke himself had a permanently stiff leg, a result of breaking it at school and having it set badly by doctors. Nevertheless he was a keen and active country sportsman.  He loved cricket but because of his disability could not play the game. Martin Bladen recalled, “ …he handed on to me his passion for the national game. Although he could not play cricket himself, his great delight was to stand and throw and give practice to his own team of village cricketers.“

On retirement from the clergy in 1875 Edward moved his family from Willingham to Wighill Park near Tadcaster in Yorkshire; he died on December 5th 1887, aged 71.

Lady Jane Hawke was the third daughter of Henry Dowker, of Laysthorpe. Her family was steeped in ecclesiastical life and three of her ancestors had been vicars of Salton. An austere, formidable woman she dominated the family. She met her future husband when he was curate at Stonegrave, near Helmsley in Yorkshire; he had baptised her when she was a girl and by coincidence they shared the same birthday, Christmas Eve.

[24] Rev. P. Douglas and Lady Byron. Rev Philip Douglas was rector of the parish of Thrumpton for 51 years until his death in post in 1914, aged 79. He was a lover of cricket and always listed results in the Deanery magazine.

In 1878 he married Lady Lucy Byron, and so became the patron of the parish as well as the resident incumbent. Lady Byron’s first husband was Admiral George Anson Byron, 8th Baron Byron, who died in 1870, and whose youngest brother was the Rev. the Hon. William Byron.

Lady Lucy Byron, died at Thrumpton in 1912 and is buried in the churchyard. On Douglas’s death two years later the patronage passed to the Rev. and Hon. F. E. C. Byron, who installed himself as vicar!

[25] Mrs. Burnside. Mrs. Julia Georgiana Burnside was the second daughter of Rev. John Burnside (rector of Plumtree from 1816 to 1864) and Henrietta Anne Julia Burnside (née Thompson).

She was born in 1821 and baptised at Plumtree church on 19 July 1821.

She married John Elliott Burnside (her first cousin) at Plumtree Church on 03 July 1844. They had one child, William Elliott Burnside.

John Elliott Burnside became Lord of the Manors of Tollerton and Plumtree on the death of his father William Stanford Burnside in 1870. He and Julia lived in Gedling House

Julia Georgiana Burnside died on 21 March 1887 at Scarborough and was buried in Gedling churchyard. Her son presented a new tower clock to Plumtree church in her memory. The brass plaque reads:

"To the glory of God. This church clock was given by William Elliott Burnside Esq. July 31st 1889. In loving memory of his dear mother Julia Georgiana Burnside who died March 21st 1887".

For more information about the family, see The Burnsides page.

[26] Miss Burnside. Anne Adelaide Burnside was the eldest daughter of Rev. John Burnside (rector of Plumtree from 1816 to 1864) and Henrietta Anne Julia Burnside (née Thompson).

She was born in 1820 and baptised at Plumtree church on 16 February 1820.

After their father's death in 1864, the three unmarried daughters (Anne Adelaide, Mary and Frances Emily) lived at Lamcote House, Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Anne Adelaide married Hon. Henry Lewis Noel, the third son of Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough and Arabella Hamlyn-Williams, on 31 August 1892. They had no children.

Henry Lewis Noel died on 7 Jun 1898, aged 73. Anne Adelaide died on 30 April 1904, aged 84. They are both buried in Plumtree churchyard.

For more information about the family, see The Burnsides page.

[27] Mr. and Mrs. F. Wright
Mr Frank Wright and Albertine Elizabeth Wright (née Oldknow).

Frank Wright was born in 1840, the youngest son of Mr. Councillor W. Wright. He married Albertine Elizabeth Oldknow (eldest daughter of Alderman J. Oldknow, J. P.) on 22 April 1873 in All Saints’ church, Nottingham.

Albertine Elizabeth was born in Lille, France in about 1848.

They had five children: Frank Oldknow Wright (1875 – 1875); William Oldknow White (1876 – 1876); Frank Oldknow Wright (1878 – 1944); Henry Caunt Wright (1898 – 1943) and Annette Elise Wright (1881 – 1950).

Frank Wright took no active part public life, being of a retiring disposition, but he enjoyed the friendship of a large number of people by whom he was held in the highest esteem. For many years he farmed on an extensive scale, at Plungar; he was a director of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Banking Company and the Wollaton Colliery Company; he served on the Commission of the Peace for the Belvoir district of Leicestershire; and he was one of the oldest members of the Earl of Harrington’s Hunt.

His death occurred under painfully sudden circumstances at his residence, 10, Waverley-street, Nottingham, at the age of 72 years on November 29th 1912, leaving an estate of the gross value £147,060 4s. 3d.

Albertine Elizabeth died in 1917 in Wimbledon

[28] Mr. and Mrs. G. Fellows

George and Emma Margaret Fellows.

On the death of his father (Alfred Fellows) George became actively associated with the banking firm Hart, Fellows, and Co. of Nottingham, which, established by his grandfather, John Fellows, in 1808. The bank was subsequently acquired by Lloyds Bank in 1891.

George was made J.P. in 1870 and for nearly 20 years served with the South Notts Hussars, retiring in 1895 with the honorary rank of major.

For nearly 40 years he was treasurer to Nottingham Corporation, a staunch Conservative, and one of the original founders of the Rushcliffe Division Conservative Association.

George and Emma (née Pulteney) married in 1877 and had 8 children.

George Fellows died on Monday13th August 1923 at Hove, Brighton. in his 69th year.

Emma Fellows died on 26 March 1936 in Hove, Sussex, England.

[29] Mrs. Taylor
Not a lot to go on, but we’re still looking

[30] Rev. A. Hensley and Mrs. Hensley
Rev. Alfred Hensley was born in Bath in 1822 and was rector of Cotgrave from 1873 to 1897.

On September 5th 1848 he married Frances Mary Anne Morgan (Fanny), daughter of Rev William Morgan, vicar of Kerry, Montgomeryshire. They had one child, a daughter, Frances Emily born in 1856. Fanny died in 1856.

In April 1859 he remarried; his second wife was Fanny Heatley (daughter of Revd Philip Henry Douglas). They had three children: Alfred Douglas, Helen Gertrude and Egerton Hugh Edmonstone.

In the 1871 census Alfred, his wife and their four children were living in Grove (near Retford). Alfred was Rector of St Helens church, Grove from 1859 to 1873.

In 1873 the family moved to Cotgrave where Alfred became Rector of All Saints church.

He died on January 3rd 1903 aged 81, in Wallingford, Berkshire. Fanny died in June 1906 in Southsea, Hants, aged 80.

[31] Rev H. & Mrs Ling.  Henry Pratt Ling MA was the rector of Keyworth from November 1878 to March 1928. He bought the advowson of the Keyworth church, and in doing so was able to install himself as Rector (as did his predecessor, Alfred Potter). Like Potter, he later came to be Rector at Stanton-on-the-Wolds, serving both parishes simultaneously

Henry effected many improvements to Keyworth church, including provision of choir stalls in the chancel, re-introduction of pews in the nave, a heating system, a chancel screen, the first proper organ, and a new tower clock, which was positioned at a higher level than the one bearing the date 1796 which it replaced, all before 1900; and a thorough restoration of the tower in 1927.

[32] Rev. H. Hayman. Rev. Henry Telford Hayman, at the time of the Harvest Festival, was Vicar of Ruddington. Born in Kent in 1853, and educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he was described as “One of the most popular clergymen in Nottinghamshire, [as well as] a cultured amateur musician.” He became Vicar of St Peter’s, Ruddington in 1878, before moving to St Mary’s, Edwinstowe in 1884, then St Michael and All Angels, Thornhill (Yorkshire) in 1903.

For twenty-eight years he served as chaplain for the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), where he was given the affectionate nickname of Friar Tuck. In addition to this he was also an accomplished cricketer, playing for Kent in 1873, and later for the Gentlemen of Nottinghamshire, and serving on the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club for many years.

Rev. Hayman was married to Eliza, daughter of Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (author of the famous Dictionary of Phrase and Fable). They had three children: Charles, Percival, and Phyllis.

[33] Rev. Jos. Brooke. Reverend Joshua Brooke B.A. was the vicar of Colston Bassett for over 50 years. His obituary published in the Nottingham Evening Post on May 5th 1888 stated:

"The interment of the remains of the late Rev. Joshua Brooke, B.A., vicar of Colston took place yesterday, in the parish churchyard that prettily-situate village, amid surroundings indicative of the respect in which the memory of the deceased is held. The rev. gentleman had for 53 years held the living of Colston Bassett, and his father for 50 years before, him had occupied a similar position, so that the incumbency, now in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, had been in the same family for period of appreciably over century, a fact unique even in these days of interesting ecclesiastical events.

Lineally descended from the Brookes, of Obervie, of which family Sir Richard Brooke is the present head, the deceased, born in 1810, was the son of the late Rev. J. Brooke, who, in the early part of the century, occupied a leading position among Nottinghamshire incumbents. Having been educated at Exeter College, Oxford, the late vicar, when 25 years of age, succeeded his father, whom he followed in the faithful discharge of the duties devolving upon a country clergyman.

Deceased had been in indifferent health for several months, but was not until Friday last that he became really seriously indisposed. On that day he was engaged in visiting the sick people in his parish, when sudden illness came on, and returning home he was seized with apoplexy. Deceased was attended by Mr. H. Williams, of Colston Bassett, but never completely regained consciousness. He died on Monday at the age of 78. Yesterday's obsequies brought together young and old from all parts of the parish, and probably there were few gathered around the grave who had not in some practical form experienced proof the deceased's kindliness of disposition.

[34] Rev. J. and Miss Bateman. Rev. John Bateman M.A. was Joint Rector of East and West Leake from 1836 to 1882. He was buried in West Leake churchyard on May 6 1882.

[31] Rev. J. Cruft. Rev. William John Cruft was the vicar of the Church of the Holy Rood in Edwalton from 1874 to 1891. He married Mary Steel of Nottingham at Easton church, Leicestershire on 13th February 1879.

Plaque from Smith's Bank, Nottingham (now NatWest)[36] Mrs. F. and Miss Smith. Harriet Smith, wife of Frederic Chatfield Smith of Bramcote Hall, and one of their daughters.

The Smiths were a large, wealthy and influential family, among whom there were many bankers and politicians. Frederic was a direct descendant of Thomas Smith who founded the bank in 1658.

Frederic and Harriet had twelve children, with their eldest daughter Katherine (born 1861) likely to be the Miss Smith in attendance at the Harvest Festival.

Frederic was an MP, and at one point the manager of the Smith Bank’s Nottingham branch, which is now the NatWest on Exchange Walk, which bears the plaque (right)

[37] Mrs. And Miss Holden

Mrs Holden was Isabel Holden, wife of Captain Henry Holden (of Nuthall Temple – see image, right) who was Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire at the time.

Miss Holden was Maude Blanche Holden, the eldest of their three daughters. She had two sisters (Ethel Laura and Sybil Annie) and three brothers (Frederick William, Ernest Frank, and Wilfred Millington).

Miss Holden died in 1888 aged 29.

[38] Mrs H. Story
Emily Isabel Story (née Bright) wife of Henry Valentine Story.

Born in Liverpool on March 24th 1856 to Tyndall and Mary Bright.

She married Henry Valentine Story Marriage on June 15th 1880 at St George’s, Hanover Square, London.

For over 14 years Henry Valentine was connected with the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry 7. He joined as a coronet on December 1st, 1871, and resigned with the rank of captain on March 23rd.  1836. In local affairs he took a great interest, and for many years was a prominent figure in the hunting field. He died on December 19th 1904, in, Old Rearsby Hall.

Emily Isabel married Edward Nassau Senior on January 3rd 1914 in London.

Edward Nassau Senior died on November 30th 1914 Emily Isabel died on April 13th 1932

[39] Mary HeymannMrs Heymann. Mary Heymann, wife of Mr. Albert Heymann JP, of West Bridgford Hall. She was a founding member, in March 1889, of the Women’s Liberal Unionist Association, Nottingham.

[40] Mrs. Rawnsley. Née Alice Argles, daughter of the late Very Rev. Marsham Argles, Dean of Peterborough. Married Mr. Willingham Franklin Rawnsley in 1880.

[41] Mrs. Millington Knowles. Alice Catherine Knowles, wife of Mr. Robert Millington Knowles, J.P., of Colston Hall.

In 1876 the Colston estate was sold to Mr Robert Millington Knowles whose particular interest was farming and modern farming techniques. He further developed the tree planting in the village and constructed various agricultural buildings and cottages. Mr Knowles was also responsible for building the new church (St John the Divine) in the centre of the village. This was in memory of the death of his wife and son.

Mrs. Knowles died in France in March 1892. A report in the Nottinghamshire Guardian, 26 March 1892 describes the funeral of as follows:

“In the picturesque churchyard of Colston Bassett a mournfully impressive scene was witnessed on Saturday morning, when the remains of the late Mrs. Alice Catherine Knowles, wife of Mr. Robert Millington Knowles, J.P., were interred. Deceased, who was the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas and Lady Brooks, of Whatton House; Leicestershire, and Grawshaw Hall, Lancashire, expired on Sunday at the Vilia St. Agnes, Cannes, after a long and painful illness. During her residence at Colston she had endeared herself to a large circle, and the obsequies were attended, in addition to the family mourners, by most of the residents in the parish, as well as many of the inhabitants of surrounding places.”

Mr Knowles died in 1924 and the estate then passed to his daughter and son in law, Sir Edward and Lady Le Marchant.

[44] Miss Franklin

Miss Franklin was Edith Jane Franklin, eldest daughter of William and Fanny Lydia Franklin (née Murdoch), born in 1849.

She was the great-niece of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (1786 – 1847), and was the last to bear the family name.

In 1883 she married Revd Harold Gustavus Burton of Eversely, Hampshire.

She died on September 9th 1931, aged 81, at Northbeck House, Hundleby, Lincolnshire.

Harold Gustavus Burton died on February 14th 1939, aged 83, also at Northbeck House.

[45] William Elliott Burnside

William Elliott Burnside was born on May 3rd 1845 in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, the son of John Elliott Burnside and Julia Georgiana Burnside (his cousin).

In 1892 William Elliott Burnside married Alice Mary Cross but the couple had no children.  Although they lived mainly in Normanton they had various buildings erected in Plumtree, including the Post Office and Chestnut farm.

He was also a benefactor to Plumtree church, including:

  • A fine church clock dedicated in 1899 in memory of his mother, Julia Georgiana Burnside
  • Restoration of the church tower, completed in 1906 in memory of his father, John Elliott Burnside
  • The pipe organ… in memory of his maternal aunt, Frances Emily Burnside.This was the occasion of a special service in conjunction with the 1880 Harvest Festival

In 1909 he bought the estate of Tollerton and they made Tollerton Hall their primary residence.

He died on February 7th 1911, aged 65, and is buried in Plumtree churchyard. As he had no children, the estate passed to his wife while the search began for the next in line to the Burnside family fortune.

His wife, Alice, survived him by 16 years.

For more information about the family, see The Burnsides page.

[46] Misses Eddie. There were three Misses Eddie. Their father, Rev. Richard Eddie (born in Barton on Humber in 1818) married Mary Emma Uppleby in 1846, and the pair had five children, including three daughters, Mary Emma (born 1847), Lucy Sarah, and Julia Frances (both born around 1850). All three were born in Lund, Yorkshire, but by 1861 the family had moved to Upper Broughton, where their father was Rector.

Mary Emma
Mary Emma Eddie, aged 33 in 1880, lived in Upper Broughton (also known as Broughton Sulney) until at least 1881. By 1891 she was living at 5-6 Paternoster Road, St Michael Le Querne, London where she was one of three Sisters of Charity, who cared for three orphans.

The 1901 census saw her serving as a Sister of Mercy in a different part of London, at 21 Seymour Street, St Marylebone, where she remained until her death in 1930, at the age of 83.

Lucy Sarah
Lucy Sarah Eddie, aged 30 in 1880, remained in Upper Broughton until at least 1881, but by 1891 was living in Market Stainton, Lincolnshire, with her youngest brother George William Eddie. She died unmarried a year later, aged around 42.

Julia Frances
Julia Frances Eddie, aged 29 in 1880, married Andrew Brandram, of the dye and paint manufacturers Brandram Brothers, from Blackheath, Kent in 1872. Julia had at least five grandchildren, including a grandson who grew up to be Major Richard Campbell Andrew Brandram, husband of Katherine zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Princess of Greece and Denmark.

Andrew Brandram died in 1916; Julia died on 5th February 1934.

[47] Mrs. E. Browne. Edith Browne was the wife of Mr. Edward W. Browne, farmer, living in Cotgrave Place. Edward was active in the Nottingham Chamber of Agriculture and became a churchwarden of All Saints’ Church, Cotgrave in 1876.

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