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This timeline lists the Rectors of Plumtree in order of their appointment, from the first records in 1251. Click on the numbered link to see a pop-up containing more information about the Rector or their Patron.

1251 - 1309

Roger de Sylly, cleric

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1309 - Unknown

William FitzWilliam, cleric

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Unknown - 1356

Edward FitzWilliam, cleric

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1356 - 1363

John de Walton, cleric

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1363 - 1373

John de Armpelford, cleric

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1373 - 1378

Edmund de Bingham, presbyter

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1378 - Unknown

Lambert de Trikyngham

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Unknown - 1416

John de Roldestan, presbyter

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1416 - 1460

John Wheatley, cleric

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1460 - 1507

William Cupran, cleric

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1507 - 1534

Thomas Wigfall

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1534 - 1552

Thomas Partington (or Portyngton), B.A.

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1552 - 1608

John Olyff, cleric (or Johannes Olif)

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1608 - 1614

John Aston, cleric

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1614 - 1646

Francis Chamberlyn (or Chamberlaine), M.A.

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1647 - 1683

Vere Harcourt

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1683 - 1714

John Gee

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1714 - 1718

James Greenhalgh

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1718 - 1760

Charles Willats B.A.

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1760 - 1798

John Carne M.A.

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1798 - 1813

James Williamson B.D.

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1813 - 1816

Thomas Beaumont

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1816 - 1864

John Burnside B.A.

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1865 - 1883

William Burnside M.A.

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1883 - 1906

Samuel Benjamin Browne, B.A.

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1907 - 1912

Nigel Madan, M.A., Canon of Southwell

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1912 - 1915

Charles Doyne Powell, M.A.

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1915 - 1926

David FitzHerbert Wright, M.A.

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1926 - 1936

Harold Robinson, M.A.

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1937 - 1957

Edgar Banting

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1957 - 1968

Arnold Doxey

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1968 - 1979

Norman Alfred Chadwick

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1979 - 1985

Stephen John Oliver, A.K.C.

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1985 - 1995

John James Stafford

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1995 - 2001

Mary Gee 

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2002 - 2009

Malcolm Hugh Wainwright, M.A.

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2010 - present

Trevor Harwood Kirkman M.A. 

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Various sources for our research include:

  • The Clergy Database for 1540 to 1835
  • Newspaper articles made available via the British Newspaper Archive. ©The British Library Board. All rights reserved. Where we have directly quoted a newspaper article we have included the title and date.
  •, the UK’s favourite family history website
  • A Little History of the English Country Church, by Roy Strong, has provided some background to the history of the Church of England.

All images are copyright Les & Fiona Carruthers.

[1] Roger de Sylly

Instituted: 26th March 1251

Patron: Sir Thomas FitzWilliam, Knight

[2] William FitzWilliam

Instituted: 16th May 1309

Patron: William FitzWilliam

[3] Edward FitzWilliam

Instituted: Unknown

Patron: Unknown

Died: 1356

[4] John de Walton

Instituted: 25th October 1356

Patron: Sir John FitzWilliam, Knight

Resigned: 1363

[5] John de Armpelford

Instituted: 8th February 1363

Patron: Sir John FitzWilliam, Knight

Died: 1373

[6] Edmund de Bingham

Instituted: 20th January 1373

Patron: Sir JohnFitzWilliam, Knight

Resigned: 1378


"Presbyter" was an early word for a minister of a Christian church. In predominant Protestant usage, presbyter does not refer to a member of a distinctive priesthood called priests, but rather to a minister, pastor, or elder.

[7] Lambert de Trikyngham

Instituted: 25th May 1378

Patron: Sir John FitzWilliam, Knight

[8] John de Roldestan

Instituted: Unknown date

Patron: Sir John FitzWilliam, Knight

[9] John Wheatley

Instituted: 8th April 1416

Patron: Sir John FitzWilliam, Knight

Resigned: 1460

[10] William Cupran

Instituted: 14th June 1460

Patron: William FitzWilliam, Esq

Died: 1507


By his will, dated 10th May 1507, he "desires to be buried in the chancel". It's not known if this happened as the church burial registers don't start until 1558.

[11] Thomas Wigfall

Instituted: 7th February 1507

Patron: The guardians of William FitzWilliam

Died: 16th June 1534


Dr Robert Thoroton (who published the first history of Nottinghamshire in 1677) described the following inscription on an alabaster slab in the chancel floor:

"Hic jacet Dominus Thomas Wigfall, quondam &c . . obit 16 Junii 1534. Cujus animae, &c."

There is no sign of this slab today.


Meanwhile in the Church of England: In 1527 Henry VIII asked Pope Clement VII for an annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon; the Pope refused. The church in England recognised Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church of England on 11 February 1531.

In 1533 the Act in Restraint of Appeals removed the right of the English clergy and laity to appeal to Rome on matters of matrimony, tithes and oblations. It also gave authority over such matters to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Thomas Cranmer, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, issued Henry's annulment; Henry married Anne Boleyn. Pope Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII.

[12] Thomas Partington (or Portyngton)

Instituted: 7th August 1534

Patron: The assigns of William FitzWilliam

Died: 23rd May 1552

Prior to being the Rector of Plumtree, Thomas Portyngton was rector of Speldhurst church in Kent from 1532 to 1534.


Meanwhile in the Church of England: in 1534 the Act of Submission of the Clergy removed the right of all appeals to Rome, effectively ending the Pope's influence on teh church in England.

1536 - The First Act of Supremacy confirmed Henry as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Also in this year Edward VI was born and Reformation takes hold with dissolution of the monasteries.

In 1538 shrines were demolished, the use of the rosary condemned, and ringing of angelus bell forbidden. It became a requirement to keep parish registers of weddings, christenings and burials.

Henry VIII died in 1547 and 9-year-old Edward VI acceded to the throne. The Reformation continued as images, the use of votive candles and holy water are banned.

In 1548 the licence to preach was introduced and in 1549 the first Book of Common Prayer was published (revised in 1552).

[13] John Olyff (or Johannes Olif)

Instituted: 28th May 1552

Patron: Sir William Copley, Knight

Died: August 1608


Buried in Plumtree on 25th August 1608

Revd Olyff is shown in burial register as "Olliffe". There is the additional text: "Parson of Plumptree - Who (as is credibly reported) continued parson for three score and five years".

In his Will dated 25th July 1608 (probate 1st Oct. 1608), he bequeathed 40 pounds towards repairing Plumtree Church.


Meanwhile in the Church of England: 1553 Edward VI died and was replaced by his half-sister Mary I, a Roman Catholic, who repealed all the reforms of Henry VIII and re-established communion with Rome.

However in 1558, Mary I died and was replaced by her half-sister, the protestant, Elizabeth I. In 1559 parliament recognised Elizabeth as the Church's supreme governor, with a new Act of Supremacy that also repealed the remaining anti-Protestant legislation.

A new version of the Book of Common Prayer appeared in the same year and Elizabeth presided over the "Elizabethan Settlement", an attempt to satisfy the Puritan and Catholic forces in England within a single national Church.

Elizabeth was excommunicated on 25 February 1570 by Pope Pius V, finally breaking communion between Rome and the Anglican Church.

1603 saw the accession of James VI of Scotland as James I - he commissioned a unified and new translation of the Bible "free of Calvinist and Popish influence". Begun in 1604 and completed in 1611 it became the Authorised Version in the Church of England and later other Anglican churches throughout the communion until the mid-20th century (also called King James's Bible).

[14] John Aston

Instituted: 22nd September 1608

Patron: Godfrey Copley, Esquire

Died: November 1614


John Aston was buried on 11th November 1614. His Will, dated 2nd September 1614, expressed his wish to be buried in the chancel. There is no stone marking the burial spot. The probate date of the Will is 19th January 1614 (note this is the Julian calendar where March 25th was the first day of the new year).

From the baptism register we see that, John had a daughter Susanna, who was baptised on 28th June 1612. He also had a son, John, who was baptised on 27th December 1614 after his father's death.

[15] Francis Chamberlyn (or Chamberlaine)

Instituted: 8th December 1614 and 20th June 1616 (not sure why he was instituted twice)

Patron: The assigns of Godfrey Copley, Esquire

Died: August 1646


Revd Chamberlyn had thirteen children baptised at Plumtree:

Francis (bap Dec 1618)
John (bap Jul 1620)
William (bap Dec 1621; died Dec 1621)
William (bap Dec 1624)
Thomas (bap Mar 1625)
Elizabeth (bap Mar 1626)
Ann(e) (bap Apr 1627; died Jun 1628)
Frances (bap Sep 1628)
Samuell (bap Mar 1630)
George (bap Jan 1631; died Aug 1642)
Mary (bap Jun 1635)
Hanna (bap Jun 1637)
Tabitha (bap Sep 1638)

He was buried in St Mary's on the 21st August 1646.

[16] Vere Harcourt

Instituted: 6th December 1647

Patron: King Charles II

Died: 4th July 1683


One of seven children, Vere was the third son of Robert Harcourt (the eldest son of Sir Walter Harcourt, who was knighted at Rouen in 1591). Robert Harcourt was an adventurer with Sir Walter Raleigh. Vere's mother was Robert's second wife Frances, daughter of Geoffrey Vere, Esquire, youngest son of John, Earl of Oxford. 

Revd Harcourt studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he graduated with a B.A. in 1626-7, M.A. in 1630 and D.D. in 1661. He married Lucy Thornton, daughter of Roger Thornton of Snailwell in Cambridgeshire on 6th April 1643. They had six children baptised at Plumtree:

Lucy (bap Apr 1648)
Vere (bap Apr 1650)
Simon (bap Jul 1653)
Ann (bap Nov 1655)
Benjamin (bap Oct 1659)
Clifton (bap May 1664)

An unnamed daughter was buried on 25th June 1652

Revd Harcourt was the puritan minister appointed to St Mary's Church, Plumtree in 1647 and was made Rector in 1660. In the same year he was appointed Archdeacon of Nottingham.

Lucy died on 9th October 1682. Revd Harcourt died on 4th July 1683 and was buried in St Mary's; his memorial on the south sanctuary wall reads: 

"Near this place was interred the body of the Reverend and Right worth. Vere Harcourt D.D. Rector of this Parish and Archdeacon of Notts. Son to Robert Harcourt Esq. of Stanton Harcourt in the county of Oxon who departed this life July the 4th 1683 in the 77 yeare of his age having not long before much lamented the losse of his deare wife Lucy daughter to Roger Thornton of Snalewell in the county of Cambridge Knight her likewise interred having left this world on the 9 day of October 1682 in the 62 year of her age."


Meanwhile in the Church of England: 1647 and 1660 - Parliament abolished all feasts and festivals of the Church to rid England of outward signs of Popishness. This included Christmas. The Book of Common Prayer was replaced by the Directory of Public Worship. Despite this, about one quarter of English clergy refused to conform.

In 1660 the throne was restored and Charles II was crowned king. Anglicanism too was restored in a form similar to the Elizabethan version. The Book of Common Prayer was revised again and the 1662 version became the unifying text of the Church.

[17] John Gee

Instituted: 3rd December 1683

Patron: John Templer, of Chesthunt, Hertfordshire

john gee's memorialDied: 26th December 1713


He was admitted to prebend of Eaton at Southwell, 24th August 1704.

Revd Gee had five children baptised at Plumtree:

Mary (bap Jul 1684; died Aug 1684)
Michael (bap Jul 1685)
Ann (bap Sep 1688)
Dorothy (bap Jan 1689; died Nov 1690)
Everilde Katharine Dorothy (bap Sep 1691)

A son John was also buried on 5th November 1690)

Revd Gee died on 26th December 1713 Age 68 and was buried in St Mary's on 29th December 1713.

His memorial in the chancel (shown right) reads: "Hic jacet Corpus Revndi Viri Johannes Gee, AM huiusce Ecclesiae nuper Rectoris et Southwellensis Prebendari Qui obijt 26 Die Decmbri AD 1713 et Aetatis Suae 68"

(Here lies the body of Reverend John Gee the recent Rector of this church and Prebendary of Southwell who died on the 26th day of December AD 1713)


Meanwhile in the Church of England: 1688 - James II was overthrown by William of Orange, and the new king moved quickly to ease religious tensions. Many of his supporters had been Nonconformist non-Anglicans.

24 May 1689 - Act of Toleration enacted; Nonconformists had freedom of worship. Those Protestants who dissented from the Church of England such as Baptists, Congregationalists and Quakers were allowed their own places of worship and their own teachers and preachers, subject to acceptance of certain oaths of allegiance. These privileges expressly did not apply to Catholics and Unitarians, and these were also excluded from political office.

[18] James Greenhalgh

Instituted: 9th June 1714

Patron: Lionel Copley, Esquire

Died: August 1718


Revd Greenhalgh was buried in St Mary's on 27th August 1718. No further information is available.

[19] Charles Willats

Instituted: 26th January 1718

Patron: Lionel Copley, Esquire

Died: 7th November 1760


Revd Willats studied at King's College, Cambridge and was an Assistant Master at Eton before he was ordained priest in 1718. He married Castiliana Copley, the daughter of Lionel Copley in Sprotbrough (Spotborough), Yorks on 25th July 1721.

They had three children baptised at Plumtree:

Godfrey (bap Dec 1724; died Oct 1740)
Charles (bap Apr 1729; died Feb 1729 *)
Charles Copley (bap Feb 1729)

* In the Julian calendar Feb 1729 is 10 months after April 1729; March 25th was the first day of 1730. The calendar changed to the current "Gregorian" calendar in 1751.

Castiliana died in March 1729

Revd Willats died on 7th November 1760 and was buried in St Mary's on 11th November 1760 (possibly under the tower)

[20] John Carne

Instituted: 4th December 1760

Patron: John Moxon, Esquire of Woodford, Essex

Memorial to Francis SymesDied: 1st October 1798


Revd Carne studied at Jesus and All Souls' colleges, Oxford. At some point he was made a Prebendary of Llandaff (a Prebendary is a canon of a cathedral or collegiate church whose income originally came from a prebend).

He married his cousin, Eleanor, daughter of Richard Carne. He died on 1st October 1798 leaving an only daughter, also called Eleanor

Revd Carne's death was reported in the Gloucester Journal for Monday 8th October 1798:

On Monday last died, Nash near Cowbridge, after long and painful illness, supported with fortitude - and Christian resignation, the Rev. John Carne, one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county of Glamorgan, one of the Prebendaries of the Cathedral Church of Llandaff, and Rector of Plumtree, Nottinghamshire.

That's all we could find out about Revd John Carne. However, during his time as Rector, Francis Simes was Curate at Plumtree (licensed on 20th May 1765). He was later instituted as Vicar of Ruddington on 10th May 1781. He died on the 17th December 1798 and was buried in St Mary's on 22nd December 1798; there is a plaque to him on the wall of the North aisle (shown right).

[21] James Williamson

Instituted: 18th December 1798

Patron: Sir Lionel Copley, Bart.

Memorial to Revd James WilliamsonDied: 3rd January 1813


Revd Williamson studied at St Alban Hall and later became a fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He was a learned scholar who published such diverse titles as "The Elements of Euclid, with Dissertations" and "An Argument for Natural and Revealed Religion".

He died on 3rd January 1813 and was buried in St Mary's on 11th January 1813.

His plaque in the chancel (shown right) reads:

"Sacred to the Memory of the Reverend James Williamson BD late of Hertford College Oxford and Rector of Plumptree Nottinghamshire; who spent a long life in the pursuit of literature and science at home, and in other parts of Europe: embracing every opportunity to enrich his mind with various knowledge; but deriving his chief eminence from rare attainments in the higher branches of Mathematicks. He was born in the county of Murray in Scotland in the year of 1740 and died at the Rectory of Plumptree on the third of January 1813."

Volume 83 of "The Gentleman’s Magazine", elaborates that Revd Williamson's death occurred "...suddenly, after eating his breakfast".

Book clasp belonging to Revd WilliamsonThis metal item bearing Revd Williamson's name (right) is described as “A hinged clasp of some sort.  Found in a field West of Plumtree with a lot of other metal items, which appear to be left from a rubbish fire”. (P. B. Johnson, Churchwarden, March 1994).

[If you know what it is, please let us know!]


Meanwhile in the Church of England: In 1800 the Church of England was still the nation's most powerful religious and cultural institution. Its head was the king and its Bishops were landed aristocrats who sat in the House of Lords. Many of the clergy were from the aristocracy and gentry.

[22] Thomas Beaumont

Instituted: 10th April 1813

Patron: William Elliott Elliott, of Gedling House, Nottingham (In around 1806 William Elliott Elliott and his brother John Elliott bought the manor of Plumtree from Sir Lionel Copley. See The Burnsides for further information.)

Resigned: 1816


During Revd Beaumont's time as Rector, Revd John Burnside was Curate at Plumtree (licensed on 17th December 1815). It can be supposed that when Revd Burnside was ready to take on the position of Rector, it was suggested that Revd Beaumont should resign.

[23] John Burnside

Instituted: 22nd December 1816

Patron: William Elliott Elliott, of Gedling House, Nottingham. (William Elliott Elliott was John Burnside's Uncle).

Memorial to Revd John BurnsideDied: 23rd December 1864


Revd Burnside was ordained on 22nd December 1816 at Bishopthorpe, Yorks, and was licensed as Curate of Plumtree on 17th December 1815; becoming Rector the next year. He married Henrietta Anne Julia Thompson in 1819.

They had seven children, all baptised at Plumtree:

Anne Adelaide (bap 1820; died 1904) - married Hon. Henry Lewis Noel in 1892
Julia Georgiana (bap 1821; died 1887) - married her cousin, John Elliott Burnside, in 1844
John Henry (bap 1822; died 1822)
William Henry (bap 1824; died 1824)
Katherine (bap 1825; died 1845)
Frances Emily (bap 1829; died 1875)
Mary (bap 1831; died 1888) - married Revd the Hon. William Byron in 1878

Henrietta died on 17th December 1849.

Revd John Burnside died on 23rd December 1864 and was buried in St Mary's on 30th December 1864.

His plaque in the chancel reads:

In memory of John Burnside forty nine years Rector of this Parish died Dec. 23rd A.D. 1864 aged 72 and of Henrietta Anne Julia his wife died Dec. 17th A.D. 1849 aged 53. Also of Katherine their daughter died May 9th A.D. 1845 aged 19. Their remains are interred in the Chancel. This brass was erected in 1875 by their surviving children.

See The Burnsides for further information about the family.


Meanwhile in the Church of England: In 1829 the Catholic Emancipation Act marked the end of the Church of England's monopoly of public office and the universities.

1833 saw the start of the Oxford Movement - a movement of High Church members of the Church of England which eventually developed into Anglo-Catholicism.

[24] William Burnside

Instituted: 13th January 1865

Patron: William Stanford Burnside, Esquire (William Burnside's father)

Grave of Revd William BurnsideDied: 7th April 1883


Revd Burnside attended St John’s College, Cambridge and became a priest in 1842. Before coming to Plumtree, he was Rector of Broxholme, Lincolnshire from 1847-65.

He married Frances (Fanny) Houson on 20th November 1856 in Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire. They had no children.

Revd William Burnside was reponsible for the major restoration of the church undertaken by the Victorian architects Bodley and Garner. The church was re-opened on Tuesday 30th March 1875 by the Bishop Suffragan of Nottingham. The work cost £3000.

He died on 7th April 1883, aged 65 and was buried in St Mary's churchyard on 12th April 1883 (in plot 80). His wife died on 14th July 1914.

See The Burnsides for further information about the family.

[25] Samuel Benjamin Browne

Instituted: 19th October 1883

Patron: John Elliott Burnside, Esquire

Died: 17th September 1906


He married his second wife, Mary Armitage, in London in 1875

Window dedicated to Revd S B BrowneHe died on 17th September 1906 and was buried in St Mary's churchyard on 20th September 1906 (in Plot 232). The window at the west end of the north aisle was made by Burlison & Grylls and "gifted by Mrs. Browne in memory of her husband, the Rev Samuel Benjamin Browne" the window was unveiled on 31st May 1908.

From the Nottingham Evening Post (18th Sep 1906)

"We regret to record the death of the rector of Plumtree, the Rev. Samuel Benjamin Browne, B.A., which occurred the rectory, Plumtree yesterday. Mr. Browne's health had not been very good for some considerable time, and his condition was aggravated during the last few days by a chill, the end coming rather suddenly yesterday morning. The deceased gentleman was the youngest son of the late Archdeacon J. H. Browne, who was at one time Archdeacon of Ely, and subsequently became rector of Cotgrave, Notts., and his family was well-known in the district …

Mr. Samuel Browne married twice, his second wife, who survives him, being a Miss Armitage, of London, and he leaves two daughters and two sons, Mr. Montagu Browne and Mr. Percy Browne, the latter being in the Indian army …

In 1883 he succeeded the late Rev. William Burnside in the living of Plumtree, with Normanton-on-the-Wolds, in the deanery of South Bingham and the diocese of Southwell. During his residence there he has taken little active part in work outside his own parish, though he attended church functions in the city, especially the hospital anniversaries, fairly frequently.

He had a wide circle of friends in the county, and was much respected by his brother clergy. In his own parish, where he was much beloved, he took an especial interest in the schools, and the preservation of the ancient church of St Mary, Plumtree. This church, which has an Early English nave and south aisle, a perpendicular chancel, and an extremely interesting Norman tower, which has recently been rebuilt. was partially restored, by public subscription, under Mr. Browne's care, seven or eight years ago, the nave roof being carefully replaced, the church panelled with oak, and the body of the church put in complete repair. The funeral will take place at Plumtree on Thursday afternoon."

Mary Browne died on 23rd November 1932 and was buried in St Mary's churchyard.

[26] Nigel Madan

Instituted: 12th February 1907 (by the Lord Bishop of Southwell and the Rev. F. J. Ashmall. Rural Dean)

Patron: William Elliott Burnside, Esquire

Resigned: May 1912


Born around 1841, he studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and Wells Theological College. He married Elizabeth Henrietta Howard in 1883. They had no children. He was made an Honorary Canon of Southwell Cathedral in 1894.

Revd Madan's wife died at Bleasby Hall on 4th March 1915, he died on 6th August 1915.

From the Litchfield Mercury (13 August 1915)

"The announcement of the death at his residence, Bleasby Hall, near Southwell, of the Rev Canon Madan, will be received with regret in many parishes in the diocese of Southwell ...

It was in 1907 that Canon Madan was appointed rector of Plumtree. Five years later advancing years impelled him to go into retirement, Bleasby Hall being selected as the abode. The departure from Plumtree was made the occasion for the presentation of an illumined address to Canon and Mrs. Madan, practically every resident householder in the village signing the document. That address furnished the keynote to the deceased clergyman's character —"You have, by your kind sympathy, kindness, and unfailing courtesy, endeared yourselves to our hearts, and by your devotion to duty you have shown us an example to follow which must always remain impressed on our memories."

The late clergyman was a generous benefactor of the poor in an unostentatious manner, which made him deservedly popular. Probably no legitimate plea ever met with a refusal.

Canon Madan, who had taken an active part in Church life in the diocese, sustained a severe blow in the death of his wife in March last. was buried in Bleasby Churchyard on Tuesday."

[27] Charles Doyne Powell

Instituted: 9th August 1912

Patron: Mrs William Elliott Burnside

Died: 25th July 1915


Revd Powell married Minnie Lowry Hosking in London in 1887.

He was buried in St Mary's churchyard on 27th July 1915 in Plot 266. His death was reported in the Nottingham Journal for Monday 26 July 1915:

The death is announced of the Rev. Charles Doyne Powell, M.A.,LLD., T.C.D., rector of Plumtree with Normanton-on-the-Wolds. The deceased gentleman, who had the living since 1912, was the third son of the late Mr. Nathaniel Robert Powell of Bello Squardo, Blacrock, co. Dublin. Mr. Powell had been ill for some time and he passed away at Plumtree Rectory yesterday.

Minnie Lowry died on 27th January 1927 and was buried on 4th February 1927 also in plot 266, as is Charles’s brother, Hugh Nathaniel who died September 1914

[28] David FitzHerbert Wright

Instituted: 28th November 1915

Patron: Mrs William Elliott Burnside

Resigned: May 1926


Revd Wright was responsible for raising funds, and organising the construction and dedication of the War Memorial.

He died on 7th Dec 1959 in Torquay. No other information is currently known.

[29] Harold Robinson

Instituted: 24th June 1926 (by the Rt. Rev. the Bishop of Southwell and the Rural Dean)

Patron: Mrs William Elliott Burnside/Edward Franklin Clements (from 1927)/Bishop of Southwell (from 1931)*

Resigned: October 1936


* In the 1925 Measure, advowsons could no longer be sold and were returned to the diocese. In 1931 the Bishop of Southwell became the patron of Plumtree.

For a description of village life at this time, see Revd Harold Robinson.

[30] Edgar Banting

Instituted: 8th May 1937 (by the Bishop of Southwell, the Rt. Rev. Henry Mosley)

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

Resigned: 1957


He was previously the incumbent at All Soul's, Radford, Nottingham (1933 - 1937) and, before that, St Laurence's, Mansfield (1921 - 1933)

Revd Banting was married to Charlotte Emily, they had two sons Harry and Gareth, both of whom took holy orders. Revd Gareth Banting was tragically killed during the Second World War. 

Charlotte died on 18th September 1957 and was buried in St Mary's churchyard on 23rd September 1957. Shortly after, Revd Banting resigned his post as Rector.

Revd Banting died 26 November 1962 and was cremated on the 26th November 1962. His ashes were later interred in St Mary's churchyard in Plot 74.

[31] Arnold Doxey

Instituted: 1957

Patron: Bishop of Southwell


We know very little further information about Revd Doxey, other than that he was responsibly for the first printed "guide" to Plumtree Parish Church, which we have reproduced here: Plumtree Parish Church.

However he contributed several "interesting" articles to the national press: for example

From the Daily Mirror - Friday 20 May 1966:

Chancellor Jim Callaghan may well feel he has enough crosses to bear without the Church offering him more. But a Nottinghamshire rector, the Rev. Arnold Doxey, feels that the Callaghan touch is even responsible for robbing Britain of one verse of a popular hymn.

In the hymn: "All Things Bright and Beautiful." there is a verse that goes, "The rich man in his castle and the poor man at his gate."
That verse, says the rector, has been dropped from the new hymn books because "of vicious death duties and crippling taxation."

He adds: "Because of death duties and present-day taxation, no such person now exists. The rich are having to throw open their castles and give away their estates."

Mr. Doxey, who is rector of Plumtree, is no destructive critic. He has prepared two alternative verses as substitutes "to fit in with the modern trend of things."
One reads: "The poor man in his castle, compelled to pay the rate and taxed beyond endurance has sold his whole estate."
The other: "The poor man in his castle, officials at his gate assess his rates and taxes, and claim the whole estate."

[32] Norman Alfred Chadwick

Instituted: 13 July 1968

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

Grave of Revd Norman ChadwickRetired: 22nd April 1984


Revd Chadwick died on 30th August 1984 and was buried in St Mary's churchyard in plot W22. Two offertory plates were presented to St Mary's in memory of Revd Chadwick on 17th Nov 1985

[33] Stephen John Oliver

Instituted: 23rd October 1979 (by the Bishop of Southwell, the Rt Revd D Wakeling)

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

Resigned: 7th April 1985


In the early 1980s Revd Oliver initiated a project to restore the Victorian paintwork and gilding to its original glory. This took about 10 years to complete and cost around £25,000.

He resigned in 1985 to join the BBC and, later, was appointed Bishop of Stepney from 2003 until his retirement in 2010.

[34] John James Stafford

Instituted: 23rd July 1985

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

Retired: 17th February 1995


Was the last paid Rector of plumtree. No other information is currently known.


Meanwhile in the Church of England: On 12 March 1994 the Church of England ordained its first female priests.

[35] Mary Gee

Licenced as Associate Priest: 30th July 1995 (by Ven. T O Walker, the Archdeacon of Nottingham)

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

Retired: 15th April 2001


Revd Gee was the first female priest to be incumbent in the parish

In 1995, she initiated the conversion of the west tower to accommodate a WC with disabled access, a kitchenette and a store room above

[36] Malcolm Hugh Wainwright

Licenced as Priest-in-Charge: 6th February 2002 (by George, Bishop of Southwell)

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

Resigned: 1st February 2009


Revd Wainwright was the Priest-in-Charge of the joint benefice of St Mary's Plumtree and St Peter's Tollerton. However, joining these two parishes was not a success and, after his resignation, the benefice was disolved.

Revd Wainwright is now Hon. Priest-in-Charge of Skelton with Shipton and Newton on Ouse; Hon. Assistant Curate of Alne, of Brafferton with Pilmoor, Myton-on-Swale and Thormanby, of Coxwold and Husthwaite, of Crayke with Brandsby and Yearsley, of Easing­wold with Rasklef, of Strensall, and of the Forest of Galtres (York).


Meanwhile in the Church of England: On 11 July 2005 a vote was passed by the Church of England's General Synod in York to allow women's ordination as bishops.

[37] Trevor Harwood Kirkman

Licenced as Priest-in-Charge: 25th January 2010 (by George, Bishop of Southwell)

Patron: Bishop of Southwell

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