THIS TABLET WAS PLACED HERE TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN THANKFUL MEMORY OF THE REVEREND
FREDERIC EDWARD WIGRAM
[PREBENDARY OF ST PAULS CATHEDRAL]
HONORARY SECRETARY OF THE CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY FROM 1881 TO 1895
HE WAS INCUMBENT OF THIS CHURCH FROM 1864 TO 1880
DURING WHICH TIME
THE PRESENT CHANCEL WAS BUILT AND THE CHURCH ENLARGED
THE FAREWELL SERMON THAT HE PREACHED WITHIN THESE WALLS WAS FROM
THE MISSIONARY PSALM CXVII. [P.B.V]
HE FELL ASLEEP AT HAMPSTEAD 10TH MARCH 1897, IN HIS 63RD YEAR
TO HIM MAY BE WELL APPLIED THE WORDS OF CHRIST –
“HE THAT IS FAITHFUL IN THAT WHICH IS LEAST
IS FAITHFUL ALSO IN MUCH”
AND “MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS”
In the 1841 census, Frederick Wigram, was living in Clay Lane, Walthamstow, Essex. His father, Edward (b.1806), was a merchant. His mother was Catherine (b.1811). He had 2 elder sisters, Catherine (b.1832) and Emily (b.1833), and 2 younger brothers, Oswald (b.1838) and Edmund (b.1840).
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 323; Folio: 22; Page: 4; Line: 11; GSU roll: 241362.
In the 1851 census, Frederick E. Wigram (b.1835) was at a school in Harrow, Middlesex, with his brother Oswald (b.1838). Both were born in Walthamstow, Essex.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1700; Folio: 9; Page: 10; GSU roll: 193608.
At this time his family were living at 2 Connaught Place, Paddington, Middlesex. Edward (b.1803, Walthamstow) was a brewer. Also present was Catherine (b.1808, Woodford), Catherine F. (b.1832, Marylebone) and Louisa K (b.1844, Walthamstow). They had a governess, Maria Dennis (b.1819, Hackney) and 7 other domestic servants.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1467; Folio: 340; Page: 34; GSU roll: 87788-87789.
Marriage recorded for Frederic Edward Wigram to Frances Wright, Apr-Jun 1859, Ashbourne, Vol. 7b, page 846.
In the 1861 census, Frederic and Frances (b.1838, Lenton, Nottinghamshire) were living in St. Benedict, Cambridge. Frederic was curate of St. Pauls, Cambridge. They had two visitors; a student, Hilton Bothomley (b.1838, Surrey) and a scholar, Jane Scott (b.1843, London). They had 3 domestic servants.
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 1025; Folio: 11; Page: 16; GSU roll: 542739.
Frederic Wigram was the Assistant Curate for St Pauls, Cambridge from 14th Nov. 1858 to 1863. Source: http://www.centrestpauls.org.uk/Groups/71935/The_Centre_at/St_Pauls_Church/The_clergy_of/The_clergy_of.aspx
In the 1871 census, the family were shown living in Parsonage House, Highfield. The previous property on the record was that of the Schoolmaster, Joseph Duncum in the schoolhouse on Back Lane (now known as Church Lane). Frederic was a Perpetual Curate.
3 children were shown; Edmund Francis Edward. (b.1865), Eleanor Selina (b.1868) and Beresford Edward (b.1870). All the children were born in South Stoneham.
They had 6 domestic servants, none of whom were local. Elizabeth Smith (b.1827, Tissington, Derbyshire), Mary Southerton (b.1832, Wentnor, Shropshire), Ellen Newton (b.1825, Downham, Norfolk), Amy Cook (b.1845, Fulham), Mary J. Moody (b.1845, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk) and Harriet Elmer (b.1853, Upwell, Cambridgeshire).
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 1198; Folio: 29; Page: 10; GSU roll: 827815.
In early 1878, Mr Duncum, the Church school’s headteacher, and his wife had twin boys, they were given the middle names Wigram and Callender, we therefore assume that these two clergy must have been very well respected.
10 December 1880, “On Saturday 4th Dec the Revd. Wigram finally left for his new work in London” Source: Entry taken from Highfield School Log
From the school managers report to subscribers in 1880:-
“The Committee desire to record their sense of the loss which they have sustained during the past year by the removal of the Rev F E Wigram, to whose personal superintendence the School has owed so much and by whose never-failing generosity it has at all times largely profited. “
In 1881, the family were living in Oak Hill House, Hampstead. Frederic was a cleryman of the Church of England. They had 6 children living with them; Eleanor S., Agnes M. (b.1872), Harold F.E. (b.1873), Marcus Edward (b.1875), Loftus Edward (b.1877) and Amy Katherine. (b.1881, Hampstead). All the children except Amy were indicated to have been born in Christ Church Southampton – this would be South Stoneham/Highfield. They had 9 staff, including Mary Southerton and Ellen Newton who remained from 1871, including a governess, nurse/nursemaid, housemaids and cook.
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 167; Folio: 97; Page: 32; GSU roll: 1341036.
Death record for Frederic Edward Wigram, aged 62, Jan-Mar 1897, Hampstead, Greater London, Vol. 1a, page 445.
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