Rectors

List of rectors and their dates

The church registers escaped the fire and are complete from 1653. Read the articles to see a full list of the rectors and their dates

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Rev John Pellew Gaze (1856 - 1892)

Under the direction of Charles Seely and his own energies, John Pellew Gaze was instrumental in the committees formed to set up Brooke Lifeboat.

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Rev. Collingwood Fenwick (1833- 1856)

Rev. Collingwood Fenwick (1833- 1856) appears to have been one of the last of the hunting and land-owning clergy.

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Rev. R. Leslie Morris (1892-1909)

As an accomplished school master, the Rev. Morris was  invaluable as Sir Charles Seely’s right-hand man on the Reading Room Committee...

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Rev. Shaw (1909 - 1930)

Rector of Brook for nearly 20 years, the Rev. Shaw here leads the procession up to Brook Church for the funeral of the second Sir Charles Seely in 1926. 

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Rev. Winser (1930 - 1942)

 

In the following two memories, his daughter, Mary, remembers her father and life in Brook Rectory in the 1930s and Jack Seely recounts a service that was interrupted by the lifeboat maroon.

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The Rev. Thomas Kirkbride (1942 - 1949)

The Rev. Kirkbride (1942 - 1949) came from Canada and was rector for a comparatively short time.

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Rev. Frederick Appleton (1949 - 1953)

By the time the Rev. Appleton (1949 - 1953) arrived in Brook he had already retired once and was titled ‘priest in charge.’  

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The Rev. Robert Bowyer (1953 - 1978)

The Rev. Robert Bowyer (1953 - 1978) is remembered with great fondness by many who lived in the area when he was vicar of Brook with Mottistone.

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Churches and the chapel

More information on the churches and the chapel in the Brook area can be found in this section of the website