Interested to read that the “old vicarage” was used up until the late 1800’s. It must at some time have reverted to its former use as all the vicars at Kingston when I was young lived there. There was the Revd. Payne, followed by the Revd. Caulfield-Browne and then Revd. Jim Lloyd who I think was the last vicar to occupy it before the village lost its vicar. I can’t remember Kingston House being used as the vicarage but the Estate Office was there when I was young. My father actually rented the spare garage at the vicarage for many years.
Revd. Spencer Compton Hamilton Spencer-Smith (1842-1911)
Spencer was born on 22 June 1842 at Brooklands, Hampshire. He was the son of Sir Spencer Smith of Brooklands (1806-1882) and his wife Lady Frances Anne Smith nee Seymour (1807-1897).
Spencer was appointed Curate of Kingston St James in 1871 and was appointed Vicar in 1877, when Kingston became a parish in its own right, a position he held until his death.
Spencer married Mary Baillie-Hamilton (1850-1923) at St Pauls, Knightsbridge on 18 July 1872. Mary was the eldest daughter of Vice Admiral Cospatrick Baillie Hamilton (1817-1892). Spencer and Mary had three children who grew up at Kingston:
- Daughter Margaret Cecily Spencer-Smith (1874-1965), known as Cecily, was born at Ore, Hastings, Sussex on 22 November 1874. She married Professor John Swinnerton Phillimore (1873-1926) of Glasgow University at Westminster Abbey on 26 July 1900. They had two children, Cynthia born 1901 and John born 1903. Cecily was the author of three Christian-themed novels: By an Unknown Disciple (1919), Paul the Jew (1927), and Paul the Christian (1930). Cecily emigrated to South Africa in the mid-thirties. She died at Johannesburg, South Africa on 6 August 1965 aged 90.
- Son Drummond Cospatrick Baillie-Hamilton Smith (1876-1928) was born at Kingston on 4 November 1876. He became a Lieutenant Colonel, was awarded an O.B.E. in King George V’s 1923 birthday honours and later received a Knighthood. He married New Zealand-born Roma Hope (1890-1918) in 1915 and they had a son Thomas born 1917. Sadly Roma died when Thomas was just 13 months old. Drummond married widow Mary Aurora Boileau nee Tudor (1874-1958) in 1923. Drummond died 18 December 1955 aged 79.
- Son Michael Seymour Spencer-Smith (1881-1928) was born at Kingston on 6 July 1881. He married Evelyn Penelope Delme-Radcliffe (1883-1974) at Holy Trinity, Kensington on 25 July 1907 and they had three children, Beatrice born 1909, Peter born 1912 and Jeremy born 1917. Michael became a Director of the Bank of England in 1920. He was also Vice-Chairman of Anglo-International Bank. On the morning of 20 January 1928 the car Michael was driving hit another car in foggy conditions at a crossroads near Abington and his car overturned, pinning him and his son Peter underneath. Michael, aged 46, was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge where he died shortly afterwards. Son Peter, 14 suffered severe injuries. A Memorial Service was held at St. Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate on 27 January 1928.3 Michael’s estate was valued at £63,525.
At the time of the 1891 census, the family employed four servants and a coachman.
Spencer died on 11 May 1911 at 54 Egerton Crescent, Kensington aged 68. He was buried at Kingston St. James (new church). Probate was granted to his son Michael. His estate was valued at £28,340 16s 5d. That equated to £3.36 million in today’s money.4 His widow Mary died at 54 Egerton Crescent on 22 January 1923 aged 73.
Revd. Arthur Wilson Napier (1871-1955)
Arthur was born on 13 January 1871 at Devonport, Devon. He was the fifth son of Vice Admiral Gerard John Napier (1819-1901) and his wife Ella Louisa Napier nee Wilson (1834-1908). He attended Keble College, Oxford. He was ordained as a deacon at Winchester Cathedral on 21 December 1894 and appointed to Forton, Gosport5. His Masters degree was conferred in May 1898.6
In April 1903, Arthur was appointed as Rector of Deane, Hampshire.7 Arthur married Isabel Margaret Gilchrist (1884-1957), 14 years his junior, at Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, Paddington on 1 July 1909. At the time of the 1901 census, Arthur and Isabel employed three servants.
Arthur became Vicar of Kingson St. James late in 1911. The following year, Isabel gave birth to their first child Lennox William Napier (1912-2001), who became a submarine commander. Their second son John Morrilyon Napier (1915-1941), also born at Kingston, was awarded the Military Cross, but sadly was killed in action in Libya during World War Two.
After leaving Kingston, Arthur and Isabel had a daughter Elisabeth Napier (1918-2000) born at Yeovil, Somerset
By 1927, Arthur and Isabel were living at Campden House, a substantial property in Burley, Hampshire.8
Arthur retired to Boldre near Lymington, Hampshire. He died on 27 February 1955 aged 84 and outlived his eight siblings. Isabel remained at the property and died just over two years later on 12 April 1957 aged 72.
Revd. Raymond Alured Bond (1873-1941)
Raymond was the son of Nathaniel Bond of Creech and Lady Selina Jane Bond neé Scott, daughter of John Scott, Third Earl of Eldon. He was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He married Mildred Glyn (1874-1963) at Wincanton, Somerset on 4 October 1899. Raymond and Mildred had two children Ashley Raymond Bond (1902-1975) and Margaret Selina Bond (1908-1984). Immediately prior to arriving at Kingston, Raymond had been Rector at Blandford Forum, Dorset. Raymond left Kingston in 1927 to become Vicar at Iwerne Minster, Dorset. He died in 1941.
Revd. Ben Darcey Beeley (1875-1958)
Married to second wife Eileen. Left to become Rector at Foot’s Cray, Sidcup, Kent. Subsequently moved to Kincardine O’Neil.
Revd. George Cecil Augustus Smith (1877-1964)
Died 29 February 1964
Revd. Frederick Seymour Horan (1870-1956)
Seymour died in 1956
See the Horan Family page for more information
Revd. Malcolm de Burgh Scott (1884-1963)
His wife was Mildred Mary Amande Scott nee McCreery (1875-1959)
Revd. Canon John Hartforth Jaques (1870-1948)
Revd. William Henry Ryder-Jones (1916-1995)
Came to Kingston from Paignton where ha had been Assistant Priest.
Revd. Benjamin Ewart Payne (1893-1956)
Benjamin married Ruth Thomasine Davies (1893-1973). Their daughter Helena Kenwyn Payne (1924-2011) married Barry Stuart Candy (1922-2004) , son of Walter Emanuel Candy (1873-1968)
Died 1956 – buried at Worth Matravers
Revd. A Caulfield-Browne
Revd. Harry James Lloyd
Married Maidie in 1945 and had two sons Adrian and Christopher. Subsequently moved to Presteigne, Powys. Now retired.
Revd. John Stuart
Revd. Robert Newman Kingsley Watton (1945-2004)
In the latter part of 2003, the Bishop of Salisbury suspended the living of Kingston. The benefice is now combined with Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers
Revd. Judith Malins
Revd. Gaynor Burrett
Revd. James J Mercer
Assistant Priest 2018-
If you have any further information, memories, photographs etc. about any of the clergy who have served at Kingston then please contact us.
Page last updated: 6 January 2022
- Oxford University Herald 5 Jun 1869
- Coventry Standard 17 Jun 1870
- Yorkshire Post 28 Jan 1928
- Bank of England Inflation Calculator accessed 21 Apr 2020
- Portsmouth Evening News 24 Dec 1894
- Oxford Times, 4 Jun 1898
- Bristol Times and Mirror 01.05.1902
- Kellys Directory 1927