The Rectors & Patrons

The Rectors of Bergholt Sackville and West Bergholt and their patrons

c1168 Robert Jordan de Sackville
c1194 Alan       “       “       “
c1195 Richard       “      “      “
1350 John de Sackville Andrew de Sackville
1370 Thomas Penreth Edmund de la Pole (m Maud )
1392 John Roberts      “          “    “   “
1446 John Denton Edward Sackville
1461 John M Wayte Humphrey Sackville
1464 John Stayringbole        “                “
1470 William Jenkins        “                “
1474 Rad Young        “                “
1475 Charles Newton        “                “
1481 John Nutten        “                “
1485 Thomas Spark        “                “
1488 William Staynes Richard Sackville
1490 John Baker        “            “
1500 Robert Staynes        “            “
1510 John Peacock        “            “
1531 Edward Tarrell John Sackville
1559 Simon Bagshot Richard Sackville
1565 Thomas Brown       “            “
1575 Richard Kyrby John Dister
1597 Sydney Ketteridge Queen Elizabeth
1613 Gregory Holland Edward Legg
1658 Nathanial Seaman         “       “
1679 John Newton Sir Harbottle Grimston
1704 Charles Bostel William Boys
1706 William Boys       “         “
1734 Sackville Turner Lionel Sackville, Duke of Dorset
1752 Langbourn Warren
1756 Richard Boys William Luckyn
1784 Joseph H Fisher Thomas Fisher
1816 William E Sims William Fisher
1846 Frederick Sims William Fisher Hobb
1876 Howell Blood H P L Blood jointly with C T Corrance
1891 Henry C Corrance H C Corrance
1897 Alban J Havard Maria Vawser
1945 C K Douglas H Clapham
From 1946 Bishop of Chelmsford

The advowson descended through the Sackville family (Edmund de la Pole married a Sackville) until 1775.  When the Sackville family sold the manor in the late 16th century they apparently retained the advowson, although they allowed other holders of the manor to present.  In 1775 John Sackville, Duke of Dorset, sold the advowson to Robert Drummond who sold in 1777 to Marshal Lugar who sold to Thomas Fisher in 1881.

The longest serving Rector was John Roberts, 1392-1446, (54 years) followed by the Rev.  A.J.  Havard, who was rector for 47 years.

(Compiled from Victoria County History and  A History of the Parish of West Bergholt by Peter R Wormell.)