Rev. Robert Andrew Mitchell

Vicar – 1903-1920

Birth registered for Robert Andrew Mitchell, Jan-Mar 1870, Bradford, 
Yorkshire, Vol.9b, page 139.

In the census of 1871, Robert Andrew (b.1870, Bradford) lived with his family at Horton Villa, Nomans Land, Horton, Yorkshire. His father, John Harper Mitchell (b. 1829, Esholt near Leeds) was a manufacturer and spinner of worsted (a type of yarn or cloth). His mother was Isabella Mary (b.1842, Malvern, Worcestershire). 6 siblings were present; William Henry (b.1853, Pudsey), John Hewter (b. 1855, Pudsey), Frederic (b.1857, Pudsey), Isabella (b.1859, Pudsey), George (b.1862, Pudsey) and Jane (b.1864, Pudsey). 4 domestic servants were listed including a nurse and under nurse.
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 4474; Folio: 26; Page: 1; GSU roll: 847122.

in 1881, the family lived at 20 Horton Villa, Horton. John H., was now described as a magistrate, spinner and manufacturer. Wife, Isabella had no occupation. 4 unmarried children were with them; Frederic was described as a manufacturer, Isabella and Jane had no occupation and Robert was a scholar. 3 domestic servants were listed.
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 4458; Folio: 39; Page: 23; GSU roll: 1342066.

In 1891, Robert was staying with his parents in 4 rooms of a lodging house at 66-67 Church Road, Hastings in Sussex. John H. was a Justice of the Peace and Mohair Spinner. Robert was an undergraduate at Oxford. Other J.P.’s were staying in the same lodging house.
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 764; Folio 34; Page 16; GSU roll: 6095874.

Marriage recorded for Robert Andrew Mitchell to Lucy Gertrude A. Brown, Jul-Sep 1893, Bradford, Vol. 9b, page 198.

In 1901, Robert and his wife Lucy, were living at 55 Elm Grove in Portsmouth (parish of St. Peters). Robert was a clergyman in the Church of England. They had a daughter; Margaret R.M. (b.1895, Colchester, Essex). Staying with them were Roberts mother Isabella, who was now a widow living by her own means, and his uncle, Thomas Webb (b.1827, Norfolk) also a widower and a retired actuary.
They had 3 domestic staff listed.
Source: Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1006; Folio: 32; Page: 17.

Reverend Mitchell was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and ordained in 1893. His first post was as a Curate at St Mary-at-the-Walls, Colchester, after which he was Vicar of Highfield in Hampshire then St Michael, Chester Square before his appointment to the Deanery as Dean of Lincoln from 1930 to 1949. Source: Wikipedia April 2010

Reverend Robert Mitchell was the ‘mayors chaplain’ during the term of office of Sir Sidney Kimber. He led a church service for Sir Sidney Kimber at Highfield Church on June 29th 1919. It was attended by local dignitaries in formal dress and they entered the church via a procession from Portswood Road up Highfield Lane. At the church was a guard of honour of boy scouts and cubs. Sir Sidney Kimber read both lessons. Reverend Mitchells sermon ended with “We shall only love peace when we have made it finer than war” and Sir Kimber described his sermons as remarkable. A novel point is that in midsummer , Reverend Mitchell chose the hymn “Hark the Herald Angles sing” something that was noted for being memorable!
Source: Thirty Eight Years of Public Life by Sir Sidney Kimber