Vicars

History of St Stephen’s Church Vicars

St. Stephen’s open in 1857

1857 – 1875 Revd. Canon Burbidge

John Burbidge, the first Vicar of St. Stephen’s, who died in London in February, 1908, in his eighty-third year.  A decided Protestant, his teaching was thoroughly evangelical.  He was a lovable man of great zeal, who gained the confidence of all who knew him.  During his seventeen years’ ministry – 1858-75 – at St. Stephen’s the church was always full.  He attracted large numbers of young men, who on the first Sunday of each year crowded his church to hear his special address to them.  I well remember his genial, attractive style.  Widespread regret was manifested in 1875 when he removed to Emmanuel Church, Liverpool, where, at a later period, he became a Canon of the Cathedral.

1875 – 1883 Revd. Robert Douglas

1883 – 1900 Revd. Dr. Edward Hicks

1900 – 1917 Revd. W. N. Wright M.A.

St. Stephen’s Church was closed in 1940

1957 – 1962 Revd. Guy Hephen

1962 – 1967 Revd. Harold Rothwell Priest in charge

1967 – 1975 Revd. Joseph A. Partridge

1975 – 1982 Revd. David Ford (Rector)

1980 – 1985 Revd. Henry Faulkner (Team Vicar)

1982 – 1990 Revd. William Mather (Rector)

1991– 1997 Revd. Nigel Clemas

1999 – 2004 Revd. Nick Crawley

2000 – 2004 Rev. Eric Bossward (curate)

2005 – 2017 Revd. Phil Batchford

2017 – present: with Phil’s departure we are now exploring the appointment of a new minister