The Church

THE CHURCH OF ST. JAMES THE LESS, SULGRAVE

There are very few churches dedicated to St James the Less. His Feast day is May 3rd, which he shares with St. Philip.

Sulgrave Church was built between 1327 and 1377 during the reign of Edward III. The stone carvings high on the walls of the Chancel commemorate this fact. Edward looks across from the south side at his wife – Queen Phillipa on the north.

South Porch. Above the entrance is a stone, renewed in 1979, showing the initials E.R. (Elizabeth Regina) and the date 1564. The Queen was in Northampton that year, and it is possible that the porch was built to celebrate her visit, which may have included Sulgrave. 1564 was also the year in which Amee, the wife of Lawrence Washington died, so it is possible that the porch was built in her memory.

This Tudor porch is very interesting. The fleur-de-lys being a reminder of the link which existed between the Thrones of England and France. In the Spandrels of the arch are two circular figures which may have been taken to be the Tudor rose – although this usually has five petals. Beside these are the letters J.H.S. and X.R.S. to the left and right respectively. These are the Greek letters for “Jesus” and “Christ”, and it is extremely rare to find them on a church porch. On the sides of the entrance are carved I and R also very difficult to see – which may stand for “Jesus Rex”.


West Door

The other doors are also of interest. The West or “Tower door” is Saxon and could date from the 10th Century. The North Porch and door date from the 14th Century and are beautiful examples. The window embrasure is very old and is made from the lid of an ancient stone coffin.

INTERIOR


Church Decorations

The octagonal font of local stone with lead lining and a deeply incised design of oak leaves dates from the 15th Century.


The font

The large oak chest is very old. Local tradition says it belonged to the Washington family. If so it may well have belonged to the Monastery which Lawrence Washington bought from Henry VIII in 1539. The chest would have been used for the safe keeping of the church valuables. It was also used by the “Culworth Gang” to hold their loot – when William Abbott was Church Warden and also a highwayman! In 1885 it was used for storing coal. Now it holds hymn books and sheet music.


The ancient oak chest

Near the hand-drawn hearse are the tapestries embroidered by the women of Sulgrave, and close by, a case which holds the Book of Remembrance.


The Tapestries

On the South side of the Chancel is a small perpendicular window dating form the reign of Edward III. Beneath this window is the Low-side door. Doors like this are very rare, and were used before the reformation for the ringing of the bell to announce the Elevation of the Host at Mass.

Near this door is a “Squint” or “Hagioscope”, which was blocked up in the post-reformation days, and only restored in 1885. In the early church an altar stood in the South Aisle. Originally the hagioscope enabled the priest at the altar in the South Aisle to see the High Altar. Later, when the Washington Pew replaced the South Aisle Altar, it enabled the occupants of the pew to see the High Altar.


The “Squint” or “Hagioscope”

The Medieval Piscina, used for the cleansing of the vessels at Mass can still be seen. Its bowl was probably broken off at the time of the Reformation. In the window above the Washington Pew are four panels of Elizabethan glass, depicting the Coat of Arms of the three generations of the Washington family. The lower right-hand side are those of Lawrence Washington and his wife Amee Pargiter.


The Washington Pew

To their left are those of his parents John Washington and his wife Margaret Kitson, and above those of their eldest son Robert and his wife Elizabeth Light. All show the mullets and bars, which inspired the Stars and Stripes of the United States of America.


Washington Family Coat of Arms

In front of the pew, under a large slab of Hornton stone, Lawrence Washington, his wife and their eldest son Robert are buried. Amee died in 1564 and memorial brasses were made for her and her husband. Spaces were left for the dates of Lawrence’s death. He outlived her by twenty-one years, but the spaces were never filled in and remain blank to this day. These brasses have been badly defaced and are now covered with a carpet. Replicas can be seen at Sulgrave Manor.

To mark the ‘Third Millenium’ a stained glass window was placed in the South Aisle. The top left roundel depicts the figure of St. James the Less surrounded by important articles inside the church. The roundel below shows aspects reflecting the rural background of the church. The top right roundel portrays the link between Sulgrave and the United States. The one below shows important landmarks around Sulgrave. The window was dedicated in 2001.

The Millenium Window Roundels

See here for full details of the Roundels.

At the back of the church is the little “Jesus window”, given in memory of five children who died of scarlet fever.


The Jesus window….


….and details of the dedication

The Tower is the oldest part of the church. It holds six inscribed bells and also a small Medieval Sanctus bell. The bells are rung regularly for services and special occasions.

In 1992 the church was renovated. New lighting and heating systems were installed and running water was brought into the church. The glass screen in the front of the bell chamber was inspired and designed by William Roberts, who was Master of the Bells at the time. The lantern in the porch, the book case, hymn boards and vestment cabinet were all donated, and the Processional Cross commemorating the Restoration Appeal was dedicated at the Easter Service in 1993.

The Church Organ was restored in 2017. See here for details and photos of the inaugural concert.

 

The Church War Memorial

There is no external war memorial in Sulgrave and the names of the eighteen villagers who lost their lives in two world wars are inscribed on the Church Memorial and their stories are set out below:

 

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A.W. Berry, W.E. Carpenter, W. Fenemore, A.W. Franklin, R.C.W. Hadley, F. Jeffs, J.W. Muddiman, L. Shellard, W. Smith, Lilian A.M. Taylor, J.R. Tyrell, F.G. Wade, H.J. Webb, Leslie Whitehead, L. Whitehead, G.E. Whitton, H.L.J. Wootton, H. Wootton.

William Carpenter was the son of Mr W.T. and Mrs M.A. Carpenter of Sulgrave. He was a private in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. At the age of 19 he was killed on the Western Front in France on 20th March 1918. Having no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the town of the same name together with almost 36,000 other servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918. Given the date of his death he would almost certainly have died in resisting the last great German offensive in the Spring of 1918.

British troops march into position at Arras

Albert Franklin and Frederick Wade are linked together here because they were both in the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and died within months of each other in the same theatre of war. Albert Franklin was a Lance Serjeant (contemporary spelling) in that battalion. He died in Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) on the 12th November 1915. He was the son of William Henry and Mary Anne Franklin. Frederick Wade was a private in the battalion. He died on the 7th April 1916, also in Mesopotamia.  His age is not given. They were volunteers who joined up before conscription was introduced in January 1916. Were they perhaps friends in the village who decided to “go and do their bit together”? They and 40,500 others with no known graves are commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq. Allied operations in Mesopotamia were against the Turks, staunch fighters and allies of the Germans. It seems likely that Albert Franklin was killed during the allied advance from Basra towards Kut-el-Amara and Frederick Wade during the First Battle of Kut, said to have been the greatest humiliation to have befallen the British Army in its history leading to demands for a parliamentary inquiry into what had gone wrong in Iraq!

 

British soldiers in Mesopotamia (Iraq)

W Fenemore was a gunner with “B” Battery of the 74th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He died on the 26th July 1917 and is buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery near the village of Elverdinge in Belgium. From the date of his death and the location of the cemetery it seems likely that he was a casualty in the Third Battle of Ypres, otherwise known as Passchendaele. Ground conditions during the whole Ypres-Passchendaele action were atrocious. Continuous shelling destroyed drainage canals in the area, and unseasonable heavy rain turned the whole area into a sea of mud and water-filled shell-craters. The troops walked up to the front over paths made of duckboards laid across the mud, often carrying up to one hundred pounds (45 kg) of equipment. It was possible for them to slip off the path into the craters and drown before they could be rescued. The trees were reduced to blunted trunks, the branches and leaves torn away, and the bodies of men buried after previous actions were often uncovered by the rain or later shelling.

British soldiers struggle through the dreadful ruined landscape at Passchendaele

Robert Hadley was a Royal Navy sick berth attendant on HMS Invincible. He was killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916 at the age of 32. HMS Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron. She was hit in her “Q” turret by a salvo from the German battleship Lutzow which blew the roof of the turret over the side. It was either this shell hit which caused a flash down the magazine or a second shell in the same salvo that penetrated the armour and exploded in the magazine, causing a massive explosion. The ship broke in two and sank with the loss of all but six of her crew of 1,021. Jutland was the last, and largest, of the great battleship battles. Never again did battle fleets meet again in such numbers.  While the Royal Navy suffered more losses, the battle effectively ended any threat from the German High Seas Fleet, which now knew it could not contest control of the North Sea with the Royal Navy.

HMS Invincible

Frank Jeffs was a private in the 5th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He died on the 26th October 1918 at the age of 22. He was the son of Charles Owen Jeffs and Sarah Elizabeth Jeffs, of Sulgrave. He is buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France. During the First World War, Le Havre was one of the ports at which the British Expeditionary Force disembarked in August 1914. Except for a short interval during the German advance in 1914 it remained No 1 Base throughout the war and by the end of May 1917, it contained three general and two stationary hospitals, and four convalescent depots. In all 1,689 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War are buried or commemorated in the cemetery. It seems conceivable that Frank Jeffs died of injuries at one of the hospitals in Le Havre. No one knows, but at 22 he was perhaps already a “veteran” in a conflict where boys became men overnight. He may have soldiered on through several years of the war only to die so near to home and a mere 16 days before it all came to an end.

Attending to a wounded soldier during the Great War

J.W.Muddiman was a driver in the Royal Engineers attached to the 10th Divisional Headquarters in Greece where he died at the age of 36 on the 23rd June 1917. He was the husband of Emily Muddiman of Sulgrave. He is buried at Lahana Military Cemetery in Greece, about 56 kilometres north-east of Thessalonika. In October 1915, a combined Franco-British force of some two large brigades was landed at Salonika (today called Thessalonika) at the request of the Greek Prime Minister. These included the 10th (Irish) Division to which Driver Muddiman was attached. The objective was to help the Serbs in their fight against Bulgarian aggression. But the expedition arrived too late, the Serbs having been beaten before they landed. It was decided to keep the force in place for future operations, even against Greek opposition. It is impossible to draw any conclusions as to the fate of J.W.Muddiman in this complex and little known theatre of war but it was said of the Salonika campaign that for every casualty of battle three died of malaria, influenza or other diseases.

The Entente in Macedonia. From left to right: a soldier from Indochina, a Frenchman, a Senegalese, an Englishman, a Russian, an Italian, a Serb, a Greek and an Indian

Leonard Shellard was a private in the 5th Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He died in Belgium on the 14th December 1917 at the age of 21. He was the son of Mrs Sarah Shellard of New Lane, Sulgrave. He has no known grave and is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial. He gained the Military Medal for an act of outstanding bravery which, sadly, is not recorded. The granting of this award is recorded in a Supplement to the London Gazette on 23rd January 1918, as follows:

His Majesty the KING has been graciously
pleased to approve of the award of the Military
Medal for bravery in the Field to the
undermentioned Non-Commissioned Officers
and Men: —

201850 Pte. G. Sheldon, S. Staff. R. (West
Bromwich).
10126 Pte. L. Shellard, O. & B. L.I. (Banbury)
1122 Pte. J. Shelley, Labour Corps (Fenton,
Stoke-on-Trent).
60984 Sjt. R. Shepherd; R.F.A. (Beverley).

As the entry in the London Gazette states, the Military Medal was awarded to Non-Commissioned Officers and Men and, it seems, there was sometimes only one copy of the citation setting out the reasons for the award. It is not known if Leonard Shellard gained the award before his death or if he died in gaining it. Sadly, it seems possible that his relatives in the village might never have known of his bravery. Certainly, there is no mention of his award on the memorial plaque in the church.

Wallace James Smith, born in 1898, who in 1911 was living with his grandparents, Martha and James Smith, in what was then Great Street. He is described as a Grocer’s Errand Boy. His parents, George Henry and Maria Smith, were both still alive and are buried in the churchyard (he is mentioned on their headstone). A member of the 7th Battalion, the Norfolk Regiment, he was declared missing in action on 30th November 1917 in Flanders during the battle of Cambrai. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial. He was 20.

The Cambrai operations from 20th November to 30th December 1917 comprised a British attack, originally conceived as a very large scale raid, that employed new artillery techniques and massed tanks. Initially it was very successful, with large gains of ground being made, but German reserves brought the advance to a halt. Ten days later, a counter-attack regained much of the ground. Ultimately a disappointing and costly outcome, Cambrai is now seen by historians as the blueprint for the successful “Hundred Days” offensives of 1918.

British tank of the type used in large numbers at Cambrai

 

Lilian Taylor is commemorated both on the memorial plaque in the church and on a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone in the churchyard, as shown in the picture below.

The War Graves Commission records add that she was the daughter of William and Harriet Taylor, of Sulgrave.

Lilian Taylor of Sulgrave, Women’s Royal Air Force, died 6th November 1918, aged 29

 

Lilian Taylor before the Great War

The Taylors are a very old established family in Sulgrave and Lilian’s nephew Donald is a familiar sight in the village today. His father told him that she had served in France during the Great War and died of influenza at the end of it. More than 40 million people world wide died in this dreadful epidemic and it is said that there were more deaths in Britain from it than from the Great War itself. Since the headstone is in the churchyard it can only be assumed that she came home very ill and died in the village.

Commonwealth War Graves headstone in Sulgrave

J R Tyrell was the second son of Thomas Rubin and Emma Tyrrell of Little Street, Sulgrave. Born in 1897, he was described as a plough boy in the 1911 census. His older sister, Constance, worked for the Whittons (see below) as a domestic servant. He was discharged (presumably wounded) from 2/6th Royal Highlanders (the Black Watch) on 26th February 1916 and died of those wounds) just over a year later in the Spring of 1917, aged 20. It is not recorded where he is buried.

Leslie Whitehead was a private in the 17th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. He died in France on the 1st June 1916 aged 19. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Whitehead, of Sulgrave. The main event on the Western Front in 1916 was the Battle of the Somme which began on July 1st. Leslie Whitehead was killed in this area a month before the battle began and it is not possible to speculate that he died in any particular action. Leslie Whitehead is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, in the Pas de Calais, France. Souchez is a village 3.5 kilometres north of Arras on the main road to Bethune. The “Cabaret Rouge” was a house on the main road about 1 kilometre south of the village, at a place called Le Corroy, near the cemetery. On the east side, opposite the cemetery, were dugouts used as battalion headquarters in 1916. The cemetery now contains 7,655 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, more than half of them unidentified.

 

British soldiers attack on the Somme

George E Whitton, born in 1887 in Wormleighton, the only son of John and Clara Isabel Whitton who in 1911 lived in Sulgrave. John and Isabel also had three daughters. John is described as a farmer. George was a member of the 14th Battalion, the Canadian Infantry (No. 63928). He died on 23rd May 1915, aged 29, and is buried in the Choques Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais in France. At the time of his death (or, at any rate, the erection of the headstone) his parents lived in Warwick Road, Banbury.

It seems likely that he was killed in the Battle of Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915). On 18 May, the First Canadian Division attacked but made little progress in the face of German artillery fire. The British forces dug in at the new front line in heavy rain.The Germans brought up reinforcements. From 20 to 25 May the attack was resumed and Festubert was captured. The offensive had resulted in a 3 kilometres advance at a cost of 2204 Canadians killed, including George Whitton.

Harold Wootton was a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He died in Flanders (Belgium) on the 21st October 1914 aged 21. He was the eldest son of Joseph Butlin Wootton and Catherine Elizabeth Wootton, of Little Street, Sulgrave. Prior to 1914 he had been a member of the local yeomanry, the forerunners of the territorial army. In the wave of patriotism that followed the outbreak of war with Germany in August of that year these units waived their right to serve only for “homeland defence” and within weeks he found himself with the British Expeditionary Force in France.

 

Harold Wootton (front right) just before leaving for France in 1914

Harold and the 2nd Ox and Bucks arrived on the Western Front as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Division– one of the first divisions of the British Expeditionary Force to arrive in France.

Soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force arrive in France in 1914

The Battalion took part in the first British battle of the war, at Mons where the British defeated the German forces that they had encountered on 23rd August. The Battalion subsequently took part in the retreat that began the following day, then halting the German advance at the First Battle of the Marne (5th to 9th September). The 2nd Ox & Bucks later took part in all the subsidiary battles of the First Battle of Ypres (19th October to 22nd November) that saw the heart ripped out of the old regular army, with over 50,000 casualties.

 

Going up to the front at Ypres

Harold Wootton was killed at the height of this battle, attempting to stem the German advance at the tiny Belgian village of St Julian. This village, today known as St. Juliaan, can be found a little to the north-east of Ypres, on the N313. Here and at nearby Langemarck was where, in the words of  the military historian G.S. Hutchinson, “the tiny army of seven Divisions of 1914 stood it’s ground before the pick of the world’s greatest military force”. It is said that the rate of fire and accuracy from their bolt action rifles convinced the Germans that they were equipped with machine guns. Largely as a result of superior German field artillery at the time, the bodies of Harold and many of his comrades were never identified and his name is commemorated on the famous Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial with 54,000 others with no known graves.

H.L.J. Wootton was a private in the 1st/15th Battalion of the London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles). He died on the Somme Battlefield in France on the 7th October 1916, aged 20. He was the son of Leonard Henry and Rhoda Jane Wootton, of 8, Council Houses, Sulgrave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. The Thiepval Memorial is off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at there on 1 July. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance.

German machine gun troops await a British attack

Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. It can be surmised that it was during one of these autumnal attacks that Private H.L.J. Wootton was killed.

 

British soldiers injured in mustard gas attack

Hector John Webb was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force. He is the only serviceman from the Second World War to be mentioned on the Sulgrave memorial. There is no information on any relative in the village in official records. He served in Malaya during the war against Japan. There is no record of his age.  He died on the 29th November 1943 and the manner of his death makes for sober reading. He is commemorated on the Memorial in Kranji War Cemetery, 22 miles north of the city of Singapore. On 8 February 1942, the Japanese crossed the Johore Straits in strength, landing at the mouth of the Kranji River within two miles of the place where the war cemetery now stands. On the evening of 9 February, they launched an attack between the river and the causeway. During the next few days fierce fighting ensued, in many cases hand to hand, until their greatly superior numbers and air strength necessitated a withdrawal. After the fall of the island, the Japanese established a prisoner of war camp at Kranji. It would have been here or in Changi that Hector Webb spent the next twenty-one months as a prisoner of war of the Japanese.

The Kranji Memorial records him as having died at sea: in the Japanese ship  “Suez Maru” and goes on to state that this ship was:

“Sunk by USS Bonefish, off Kangean Islands 6º 22′ South by 116º 35′ East. Japanese Captain Kawano orders the shooting of the prisoners in the water. From 14.15 – 16.30 the Minesweeper W.12 massacres the survivors using machine gun and rifles. No survivors.”

This is the full and appalling story from a contemporary account:

In 1943, the Japanese decided to ship the sick back to Java. A total of 640 men, including a number of Japanese sick patients, were taken on board the 4,645-ton passenger-cargo ship Suez Maru. In two holds, 422 sick British (including 221 RAF servicemen) and 127 sick Dutch prisoners, including up to twenty stretcher cases, were accommodated. The Japanese patients filled the other two holds. 
Escorted by a minesweeper W-12, the Suez Maru set sail from Port Amboina but while entering the Java Sea and about 327 kilometers east of Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies, the vessel was torpedoed by the American submarine USS Bonefish commanded by Cdr. Tom Hogan. The ship started to list as water poured into the holds drowning hundreds, many managed to escape the holds and swam away from the sinking ship. The Japanese mine sweeper W-12 picked up the Japanese survivors, leaving between 200 and 250 men in the sea. At 14.50, the minesweeper, W-12, under orders from Captain Kawano, opened fire, using a machine gun and rifles. Rafts and lifeboats were then rammed and sunk by the W-12. The firing did not cease till all the prisoners were killed, the minesweeper then picked up speed and sped off towards Batavia (Jakarta) at 16.30 hours.
Sixty-nine Japanese had died during the attack, 93 Japanese soldiers and 205 Japanese sick patients were rescued by the Japanese. Of the 547 British and Dutch prisoners, there is reported to be one survivor, a British soldier, Kenneth Thomas, who was picked up twenty-four hours later by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Ballarat, this has not been confirmed. 

 

World War II Japanese minesweeper

Click here for more on this atrocity.

I am indebted to Ian Salisbury for the information in respect of W. Smith, J.R.Tyrell or G.E.Whitton.

See also:

“The Parish Church” – A Chapter from “The Chronicles of a Country Parish” – a village appraisal of Sulgrave published in 1995.

Floral decorations from 1972 – Photographs of floral decorations illustrating biblical quotations set out in illuminated texts.

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8 Responses to “The Church”

  1. david hansen says:

    hi there
    i am trying to track down some info regarding a distant ancestor how could i go about doing that
    her name was jane goldby, she was born in sulgrave on 7/4/1826 and her parents were john bishopand elizabeth jarvis. at least that is the info that i have. as i live in australia email would be the best contact for me
    tks dave

  2. kay bristow (nee Pettifer) says:

    Hi,

    I am doing something similar to the above man. My family, the Pettifers, come from Helmdon as far back as late 17th C but may have lived elsewhere prior to that date. I am doing a `trawl` of villages close by to see if the family name is recorded on old tombstones etc. I live in Northumberland but can be reached by e-mail. Does this name feature in any old documents? I would love to hear from anyone who can help.

  3. Thomas Christopher Fielding Whitton says:

    A relation of mine, and cousin of one John Gorell, who ‘went to a presentation at Sulgrave Manor as an an ambassador (sic) for the county’ has informed me that the Vicar is writing a book on the Northants/Washington connection.

    My great uncle Tom prepared a genealogy of the Whitton family who lived at Sulgrave, one of whom (also Thomas – died 1632) has a large ‘altar’ tomb in the churchyard along with all the other ‘Whittons’. My great uncle indicated that a Thomas Whitton owned one of the manors (Leeson Manor)in the parish of Sulgrave. There is I understand still a field called the Whitton Dairy Ground.

    The family joke is that the Whittons were fairly well-to do and Catholic and presumably royalist but within one generation were protestant and no longer classified as ‘gentlemen’! It took two more generations for that to be rectified! Probably all hearsay.

    I have the full genalogy plus some very interesting material from Mr Sirot-Smith who indicated that there is much more material probably available locally.

    If a message can be passed to the Vicar in case he is interested I would be very grateful. I am a direct descendant of the Thomas Whitton mentioned above.

    Christopher Whitton

  4. Chris Lucas says:

    Hi Chris,
    My maternal grand mother was a Whitton. I have been to Sulgrave several times during visits to the UK, and twice met Mr Sirot-Smith who has been very helpful. He has many Whitton documents stored at the manor, for example a rent agreement between Thomas Whitton and Margery Trist, Anthonie Wattes, John Watts for Sulgrave Manor (70 acres land, 6 acres meadow, 40 acres pasture, 4 acres wood and 10 acres furze and heath) for 23 s. If this sort of thing interests you I have it all digitaised. Let me know your address and I will send you a CD.
    My great cousin. Marget Hurren, has a family tree going back to 1462. Thomas Whitton, d1632, married Thomasina Dry. His descendents seem a bit confusing and uncertain to me – there are alot of Thomases! My descent is from Corbett Whitton, bap1671, d1729 Sulgrave.

    I have done quite alot on the Whitton connection with Leesons, and sent an email to Mr Sirot-Smith about this last month. No reply as yet.

    Regards
    Skype: Lucas.Chris
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Skype: chris.lucas
    0064 9 445 0092

    PS: I am away on holiday for the next 10 days.

  5. John Munro McIntosh says:

    I have just had the privilege of reading the obituary to Alick “Sandy” Munro formerly of Glasgow Scotland. I think that his father was Alexander Munro of Portmahomack Rosshire. He was the nephew of my Grandfather Peter Simpson Munro. I am in contact with Sandys cousins Nicholas and Ian Munro who both reside in England. I am constructing a family tree which is available on http://www.genesreunited.co.uk as is Nicholas and Ian and we have just found each other in the last couple of weeks. We know Sandy had 2 brothers Ian and Eric (in California) but we are trying to fill in blank spaces in the tree. I am hoping that someone who sees this will bring it to the attention of Sandys family as we have family photographs they may be interested in as well as loads of relatives they may not know exist.
    I can be contacted at inmyseat@ntlworld.com
    Thank You.

  6. Kate Garrett says:

    Dear Christopher Whitton and Chris Lucas, I am also tracing Whitton’s in Sulgrave and would be interested to know if Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Whitton b.1822 Sulgrave who married William Eagles in 1846 appears on either of your Whitton trees? Elizabeth Whitton’s father was George Whitton (Farmer) born 1791 in Sulgrave. With many thanks, Kate Garrett

  7. Margaret Hurren says:

    Hi Kate, I am also descended from the same Whitton family as Chris Whitton & Chris Lucas. Your G-G Grandmother, Elizabeth Whitton appears on our tree as a daughter of George Whitton and Elizabeth Franklin. Apart from the fact that Elizabeth married William Eagles, we do not have any information about her descendants so it would be great to make contact with you, and exchange information. Chris Lucas and I live in New Zealand and have been sharing information for some time. I an be contacted at dmhurren@slingshot.co.nz.
    Regards, Margaret

  8. Kory Butler says:

    Dear Margaret Hurren, Chris Whitton and Chris Lucas. I’m a descendant of Corbett Whitton b. 1823 and Elizabeth Mary Roper b. 1820. I’ve traced back the Roper side but do not have any Whitton information prior to Corbett Whitton, my great-great-grandfather of Greens Norton Park, Northamptonshire, England. Does anyone know who Corbett Whitton’s mother and father were? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Best, Kory

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