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)
Died May 1911 age 68 and buried at Kingston St. James (new church)
Revd. Arthur Wilson Napier (1871-1955)
Arthur married Isabel Margaret Gilchrist (1884-1957) at Westminster in 1909 and they had two sons Lennox William Napier (1912-2001), a submarine commander, and John Morrilyon Napier (1915-1941) both born at Kingston. Sadly John, who had been awarded the Military Cross, was killed in action in Libya during World War 2. Arthur retired to Boldre Hill, Lymington, Hampshire.
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
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-
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Page last updated: 4 January 2020