Rev. Anthony William Chute

Vicar – 1929-1936

The Chute family have owned and lived at The Vyne, 
Sherbourne, Hampshire, a very grand country house, since 1653, when it was purchased by Challoner Chute, speaker to the House of Commons under Richard Cromwell. It is now owned by the National Trust.

In 1791, Jane Austens brother became vicar there and the 
Austens (including Jane) became part of their circle, 
including a link by marriage. The Chutes are believed to be 
an influence on some of her characters.

In the 19th century the Chute line and the house transferred to the Wiggett family. William Wiggett, Anthony Chutes grandfather, adopted the name Wiggett-Chute and moved to The Vyne in 1842.
For further information about the Chute & Wiggett family lineage, an overview can be found starting on page 632 of A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Irealnd, Vol. I, by John Burke, published 1836. Chapter “Wiggett-Chute of the Vine”.

Birth registered for Anthony William Chute, Jan-Mar 1885, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Vol. 2c, page 205.

In the 1891 census, the Anthony was living at The Vyne with his family. His father, Challoner William (b.1839, London) was a magistrate living by his own means. His mother was Eleanor J. (b.1855, Oakley, Hampshire). 3 siblings were listed; Rachel E. (b.1877, Hampshire), Challoner L. (b.1880, Hampshire) and John C. (b.1882, Hampshire). All the children were scholars.
They had 6 visitors. The Baker family (indicated to be cousins of Challoner William); Henrietta M. (b.1849, Gloucestershire, widow), Katherine A. (b.1875), May D. (b1876) and Lellice E. (b.1878) and Dorothy A. Kingsmill (b.1874, Hampshire) & Constance A. Kingsmill (b.1885, Hampshire).
7 servants were listed including a nurse, a retired nurse, housemaids, cook, kitchenmaid and schoolroom maid.
Source: Class: RG12; Piece: 959; Folio 62; Page 26; GSU roll: 6096069.

In the 1901 census, Anthony W. Chute was listed as a patient in the sick house of St. Marys College, Winchester. (Now called Winchester College).
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1083; Folio: 45; Page: 37.

His medal card from WW1 shows that he was a Chaplain of the 4th class (equivalent to Captain), in the Royal Army Chaplains Dept. The card also indicates a title of O.B.E. although this has not been verified. The cards may indicate that he joined in December 1917. Another date is given in March 1925 in relation to the medals.

Reverend Chute had been vicar of St. Oswald’s, West Hartlepool, Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, Oxford, Honorary Chaplain to the Bishop of Durham and Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Portsmouth.
Source: Highfield Church, Southampton 1847-1997, by Elizabeth Reader

On the 22nd April 1928, Rev. Anthony Chute of Magdelen College, Oxford, arrived in port in Southampton having travelled from Cherbourg in France on the Canadian Pacific Line Vessel, Empress of Australia.

Reverend Chute was inducted as vicar of Christ Church, Portswood on 28 August, 1929.

On the 31st August 1933, Anthony William Chute (aged 48) of Highfield Vicarage, Southampton, arrived in London aboard the Royal Mail Lines Ship, Highland Brigade. He had travelled from Las Palmas with John Challoner Chute (aged 51) of Eton College, Windsor and Violet Mary Chute (ged 40) of Hillstead, Basingstoke.

Reverend Chute left Highfield in 1936 to become vicar of St. Michaels, Basingstoke. He left having a reputation for significantly improving the church finances and having ‘courtesy, charm and wisdom’.

Death registered for Anthony William Chute, Apr-Jun 1958, Basingstoke, Vol 2c, page 70.

Today, the grounds of the rectory of St. Michaels, Basingstoke, form Glebe Gardens. In the north east corner of the gardens is Chute House, the Georgian rectory (built 1773, but much altered) named after Rev. Chute. In the 1960’s it was replaced by a new-build rectory.