Revd. Spencer Compton Hamilton Spencer-Smith (1842-1911)

Vicar 1877–1911
Died May 1911 age 68 and buried at Kingston St. James (new church)

Revd. Arthur Wilson Napier (1871-1955)

Vicar 1911–1916
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)

Vicar 1916–1927
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)

Vicar 1928-1929
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)

Vicar 1929–1931
Died 29 February 1964

Revd. Frederick Seymour Horan (1870-1956)

Vicar 1932–1938
Seymour died in 1956

Revd. Malcolm de Burgh Scott (1884-1963)

Vicar 1938–1945
His wife was Mildred Mary Amande Scott nee McCreery (1875-1959)

Revd. Canon John Hartforth Jaques (1870-1948)

Vicar 1945–1947

Revd. William Henry Ryder-Jones (1916-1995)

Vicar 1948–1949
Came to Kingston from Paignton where ha had been Assistant Priest.

Revd. Benjamin Ewart Payne (1893-1956)

Vicar 1950–1956
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

Vicar 1957–1960

Revd. Harry James Lloyd

Vicar 1960–1983
Married Maidie in 1945 and had two sons Adrian and Christopher. Subsequently moved to Presteigne, Powys. Now retired.

Revd. John Stuart

Vicar 1984–1990

Revd. Robert Newman Kingsley Watton (1945-2004)

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Vicar 1991–2003
Married Louise in 1982 and had three daughters. Died 4 Aug 2004 aged 59 – buried at Kingston St. James (new church).

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

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Priest-in-charge 2004–2010
Married to Ken with two sons David and Jonathan, and a daughter Rebecca.
Moved to Redhill, Wrington, Somerset as Assistant Priest. Retired 21 April 2014.

Revd. Gaynor Burrett

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Priest-in-charge 2011–2017
Moved to Grosmont, Monmouthshire, Wales as Priest-in-Charge.

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: 4 January 2020

2004: Mourners fill church in tribute to popular priest

Hundreds of mourners packed into Kingston church to say their final farewells to a popular parish priest.

The Rev Robert Watton died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 59 just months after taking early retirement.

His eldest daughter Hannah, 20, said: “The church was full and people were standing out in the rain. We were really happy lots of people came as it makes you realise how much of an effect he had.”

Mr Watton spent 13 years as rector of the Parishes of the Purbeck Hills and was chairman of governors for St George’s First School at Langton Matravers. Up to 100 paintings by the school’s children, aged two to eight, were placed on display inside St James’s Church for his funeral. He retired for health reasons in October 2003 and at his new home near Exeter he had been enjoying walks on Dartmoor.

Churchwarden Don Pratt, who worked with Mr Watton for 11 years, said: “The news came as a shock, especially as Robert had been enjoying his retirement. Everyone was saddened and all send their condolences to Robert’s family, including his daughters Hannah, Jess, Susie and grandson Joshua. Robert was a faithful priest and touched the hearts of many by his care and ministry at baptisms, weddings and funerals. He will be long remembered in the villages, and with tourists through the popular summer services he developed at St Aldhelm’s Chapel.”

His funeral service was conducted by long-standing friends Canon Humphry York and Father Kenneth Noakes.

Bournemouth Echo, Thursday 19 August 2004

2004: Obituary: Reverend Robert N K WATTON

WATTON Revd ROBERT N K. Former Rector of Langton Matravers, Worth and Kingston. Died suddenly at home on 4th August 2004. Beloved Dad to Hannah, Jess, Susie and Grandad to Joshua. The Funeral will be held at St James Church, Kingston on 16th August at 2pm. A jubilant Service at Robert’s request, black is not necessary. Family flowers only please but donations for ‘Medecins Sans Frontieres UK’ may be sent to James Smith Funeral Directors, 60a Kings Road, Swanage. BH19 1HR. Tel 01929 422445.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, 11 August 2004

1994: Church re-organ-ised

A Purbeck church is to re-open to the public after a major two-year restoration of its organ.

A special concert to mark the completion of the £30,000 plus restoration is being held at St. James, Kingston, on Wednesday. This will feature internationally-renowned organist Peter Hurford.

Kingston rector the Rev. Robert Watton said: “For two years the church has virtually been unusable during the restoration.”

The organ has a noted tonal design and high quality pipework some of which is attributed to the Frenchman, Cavaille-Coll. During the restoration parts of the organ filled much of the church. Services were held in the choir stalls.

The organ was installed when St. James church was built in the 1870s. The church was the work of architect George Street, who designed London’s law courts. It has been descibed as having “the perfect Victorian church interior”. The third Earl of Eldon is said to have spared no expense in the building of the church in local stone. It may have been constructed as a memorial to the first earl, John Scott, who was Lord Chancellor for 25 years.

Tickets for Wednesday evening’s recital, which will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck and Bournemouth composer Percy Whitlock, are £5. The concert strarts at 8pm.