History, Priors and Incumbents of Gresley

HISTORY

In 1135, Willam de Gresley built a small priory, which was dedicated to St George. The priory fell into decay after 1536 and only the nave survived, which became the Parish Church of Gresley.

During the 18th Century, the state of the church deteriorated. In 1788 a faculty was granted to take down the church and rebuild all but the tower but fundraising failed to raise the required funds (a strikingly familiar story!) and consequently a less costly repair commenced.

Our Grade II* Listed building is the only ancient building in the district.

Did you know…?
– The dedication to St Mary as well as St George was due to a mistake by a scribe!
– Two of the six bells in our tower were cast in 1639.
– Our church was used for food storage in World War II.

 

Here is a list of all our known previous vicars at Gresley Church, dating back to 1151. This list is hanging in our church.

c1151 – c1157 Reginald
c1200 Walter
c1240 Richard
c1252 Henry
c1268 –  1281 Richard
 1281 – c1291 William de Seyle
c1308 Robert de Gresley
 1311 –  1349 Riger de Aston
 1349 John Walrant
c1360 John Gresley
                 1400 John Hethcote
 1400 –  1420 John de Tutbury
 1420 –  1438 William de Sancto Ivone
 1438 – c1448 Richard Coventry
c1450 Thomas
 1476 –  1493 John Smyth
 1526 –  1536 John Okeley
Dissolution of Priory
c1553 John Kente
c1558 – c1560 Philip Barber
c1560 – c1579 William Smythe
c1581 – c1586 Edmund Harrope
c1602 – c1609 George Ward
c1609 – c1623 Edward Bagshawe
c1623 John Gifford, B.A.
c1633 – c1637 Kinnersley Ibsonne, M.A.
c1637 – c1646 Roger Farmer, M.A.
c1650 “Mr.” Vicars
 1662 Vacant
c1667 – c1675 Thomas Orme
 1676 Vacant
 1679 – c1692 Thomas Orme, M.A.
c1692 – c1701 Abraham Swayne
c1701 – c1726 John Carey
 1726 – c1727 John Gamage, B.A.
c1727 –  1734 George Malbon, M.A.
c1734 – c1735 John Strettell
c1735 – c1738 John Woodcock
c1738 – c1745 William Woodcock
 1745 –  1792 Thomas Mould, B.A.
 1793 –  1860 George Wood Lloyd, D.D.
 1860 –  1876 George Lloyd
 1877 –  1881 H. Theodore Cabell
 1882 –  1884 Gilbert L. James
 1885 –  1891 James Kilbee Stuart, M.A.
 1892 –  1919 Frederick Richard Averill Koare, M.A.
 1919 –  1948 Edward Francis Faulkner Despard, B.A.
 1949 –  1953 Arthur Thomas John Mackrell, B.Sc.
 1954 –  1965 Kenneth Roy Upton, M.A.
 1965 –  1977 Alexander Douglas Gibson
 1978 –  1982 Colin Martin Sham
 1982 –  1986 Robert Martin Parsons, M.A. (Priest in Charge)
 1986 –  1992 David Anthony Heslop, B.Sc., M.Th.
 1993 –  1998 William Brian Herd
 1999 –  2004 James Arthur Muston, B.A., M.A.
 2005 –  2013 David Thomas Perrett
 2014 – … Michael Firbank

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