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Rev Knowles

Rev Charles Knowles

Photograph courtesy of Sandra Clayton

The Reverend Charles Knowles and his family

by Elizabeth Keyworth

Charles Knowles was born on 13th October 1831 in Nailstone, Leicestershire.  His parents were Samuel Knowles and Elizabeth Thorpe.  I believe he had 2 sisters and 5 brothers.  One sister, Mary Ann married a Rev. Thomas Barett Power (of Hereford) I don't know whether this would have bearing on his son being called Charles Power Knowles.  Also his grandfather's sister married a Doctor Power.

On the 1861 Census the Rev C. Knowles M.A. is living with his parents on their farm in Nailstone.   He is aged 29 and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  Without cure of souls, born Nailstone.

On the 1871 Census: Charles is living at the Rectory, Winteringham with his wife Lavinia Margaret born Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire., Charles Power Knowles son aged 2, Margaret Edith daughter 1 and Elizabeth Knowles his mother is a visitor.  They have three servants Alice King, Ellen Flowers and another which one can't read but looks like Marth Jowsey.

1881 Census: The Rectory - Charles, Lavinia and Margaret.
1881 Census: Son Charles is a Boarder at Rectory, Thorpe Mandeville,
Northamptonshire born about 1869

1891 Census:  I have found Harold H. Knowles a Lodger at 13 East Parade, Elswick, Newcastle-on-Tyne.  Looks like he is a fitter engineer but it is hard to decipher.  Born in Winteringham Lincs.

1901 Census:  Charles P. Knowles born in Winteringham, Lincs living in Seaton Delaval Northumberland at St. Stephen's house, he is 32 - single- Head -Clergyman Church of England and he has one servant.

I have from a lady in America - Charles' entry in Alumni Cantabrigieness (1921) and it reads:
Name: Charles Knowles, College: Emmanuel,
Entered. Michs. 1850
Died Dec. 26th 1898
More information:  Adm.pens at EMMANUEL, May 14 1850 of Leicestershire.
Matric. Michs 1850; Scholar B.A, 1854; M.A. 1857.  Fellow, 1855. Ord. deacon (Lichfield) 1854; priest, 1855; C. of St. Peter's, Forsbrook, Staffs, 1854-6 C. of St, Lukes's, Leek, 1857-61. C of St. Luke's, Cambridge, 1862 -5 R. of Winteringaham Lincs, 1866-98. Died Dec 26, 1898 (Crockford.)

She also has Lavinia Margaret's surname as SYERS.

In his 1912 Guide to Winteringham, C E Trimmer wrote:

The Revd. C. R. Reed bought the advowson of the living of Winteringham in 1835, and in 1864 the Revd. Charles Knowles followed him as Rector, he held the living for 34 years during which time many acts of kindness and generosity endeared him to his Congregation. The Revd. C Knowles died in 1898 after a long and painful illness.

The 1901 Census tells us that after her husband’s death, Lavinia lived with Emily Hardy, and her daughter, in West End.  Mrs Hardy was a confectioner and tobacconist, with a servant called Rose Campbell

Information from Chris Knowles (no relation)

Charles Knowles is recorded as having been rector in Winteringham for 33 years, though I think he might have been here for 32 years and about 10 months.

He was still rector here at his death in 1898 and is buried in the churchyard. The inscription on his gravestone reads:

"In memory of
Charles Knowles M.A.
born Octr. 13th 1831,
died Decr. 26th 1898.
For 33 years rector of this parish
Looking for the resurrection of
the dead and the life everlasting
Also Lavinia Margaret Knowles
wife  of the above,
born Octr. 13th 1836,
died Janry. 16th 1907.
Interred at Broadwater Cemetery, Worthing
Also of Charles Power Knowles, vicar of Blanchland, Northumberland.
Died September 1st 1928 R.I.P.

A second memorial inside the church on the wall of the chancel reads:

Simply to Thy cross I cling
To the glory of God
Placed here by the parishioners and friends
in affectionate remembrance of
Charles Knowles, M.A.
Rector of this parish for 33 years
who entered into rest December 26 1898

The church burial register states that Charles Knowles was buried on 29 December 1898, and Charles Power Knowles on 4 September 1928. I wonder why Charles junior was brought here for burial instead of being buried at Blanchland. Did he still have a married sister, or other family in Winteringham at that date I wonder. I assume there was someone here to maintain the contact and make the arrangements. Inconveniently most of the parish registers for Winteringham have been removed to the archives office in Lincoln. We retain the Burial Registers dating from 1863 onwards but I do not have easy access to records of baptisms and marriages in the 19th century. Therefore I have not been able to investigate the baptisms of Knowles children in Winteringham.

I see their children Lavinia Margaret and Harold H, in the 1881 census when they were still living at Winteringham Rectory with their parents. At that date Charles Knowles junior was a boarder at Thorpe Mandeville Rectory in Northamptonshire where the Rector appears to have been keeping a private school. I cannot find a George Knowles in that census who is obviously the son of Charles and Lavinia Knowles. I would guess that Power is Lavinia's maiden name. I notice that a T B Power officiated at a burial service in Winteringham on 13 August 1868. I speculate further therefore that he was Lavinia's father, visiting his daughter in Winteringham. I should be very interested to know if this can be substantiated.

Auction of Mrs Knowles Furniture etc 1899

Auction of the Knowles “Household Effects” 7th and 8th March 1899.


As the Rectory was in effect a “tied house” (tied to the job), then when Mrs Knowles was widowed, she had to quite quickly vacate the premises, which necessitated this sale.  3 weeks before the sale, she had placed an advert in the Hull newspapers stating: “Wanted, about 11th of March, a Sitting and Bedroom, in a pleasant part of Hull.”

After her death, Messrs Spilman and Glaser of Winterton sold “old china belonging to the late Mrs Knowles” for between 70 and 80.

The Hull Daily Mail reported on 26th February 1907, that she left estate of gross value 5,332 12s 10d.

Catalogue cover scan kindly provided by Sandra Clayton


I happened upon your website as I was researching an old photograph found amongst my late mother’s effects. Written on the back of the photo in clear ink handwriting is the following:


 (Rector)  Rev. Charles Knowles and his wife. Parents of the Rev, C. P. Knowles.


It is clear from the photographer’s advert on the back of the photo that it was taken AFTER 1861. This would tie in with the information on your website regarding rev. Charles Knowles of Winteringham.


I know that there is a family tradition that provides links to a Rev B Knowles, (1704), but precisely what that link is has not been made clear by previous researchers in the family. I wonder if you have further information on either the ancestors or descendants of Charles Knowles which may provide answers? Family names Firby and Binks in N. Yorks and Northumberland may provide a link

Have you tried the other Winteringham Websites?
Winteringham, Parish Council (includes current news items, photographs, weather forecasts, calendar of events, etc etc) Don Burton World of NaturePhoto Archive (modern photographs of the village), What the Papers have said about Winteringham (since July 2004), High Resolution Historical Photographs, Winteringham Film Archive, Winteringham Football Club, Winteringham Nature Site, Winteringham Recipes, Winteringham Sales, Winteringham Camera Club, Winteringham Village Hall, Winteringham Chapel

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