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Article submitted by Eric Chown, Creech St Michael

Located inside the front porch of the south door of St Michael’s Church is a panel showing the vicars of St Michael’s Church since Reverend Thomas of 1318.

Vicars of St Michael’s Church, copyright Eric Chown

Note1: The panel does not yet show the current vicar, Reverend Rebecca Harris, who took up the role in May 2011.

I have transcribed the names and dates to the best of my ability as in some cases the old English font is hard to interpret!

Note2: The spelling of the Cresswell’s name is incorrect in the church panel. Also there were two vicars named Cresswell, Henry and his brother John. The correct spellings and omission of the tenure of the Reverend J Cressell are now shown on our list.

Note3: The 19th Vicar T Batt was installed during the time of Cromwell’s Commonwealth (1649 – 1660).

Vicars of Creech St Michael
1 ? Thomas   5 Sep 1318 23 E Archer   12 Aug 1702
2 W de Bokland   3 Jan 1320 24 J Gale Son of J Gale 11 May 1704
3 W de Hornley   7 May 1327 25 W Skorratt   6 Jan 1738
4 G de Shepton   23 Oct 1327 26 T Exon   4 Dec 1781
5 J de Borthon   5 Aug 1353 27 T Comber   12 Nov 1806
6 E Barlich   22 Oct 1362 28 H Cresswell   1 Jun 1813
7 W Weston   3 May 1412 29 J Cresswell Brother of H Cresswell 1 Mar 1849
8 R Gosse   20 Dec 1427 30 J D Ostrehan   24 Jul 1851
9 R Maister   8 Aug 1432 31 S F Morgan   8 Mar 1871
10 J Touker   30 Nov 1456 32 J Bownes   15 Jun 1877
11 J Crooke   17 Feb 1457 33 W F Shillito   11 Dec 1901
12 G Sydenham   18 May 1490 34 J P Dalton   7 Oct 1911
13 W Vincent   2 Apr 1524 35 M E Golby   20 Jun 1931
14 J Gore   21 Nov 1546 36 W Morris   29 Oct 1945
15 J Bullingham   27 Aug 1556 37 R Whitwell   8 Apr 1948
16 D Marler   17 Nov 1575 38 R H Holmes   23 Jun 1956
17 T Marler Son of D Marler 19 Feb 1627 39 K J Jones   23 Jun 1965
18 H Masters Deposed 27 Nov 1641 40 D G Manning    2 Nov 1991 
19 T Batt   4 Feb 1651 41      
20 H Masters Reinstated 6 May 1662 42      
21 J Gale   26 Dec 1666 43      
22 W Mitchell   12 Dec 1696 44      

 Copyright Eric Chown, Creech St Michael, 2013

Article updated 14th May 2013