List of Past Rectors
Photographs of the recent Rectors of Tilehurst are displayed in the church cloisters (see Past Rectors pictures in the History Gallery). A more complete list of past Rectors is recorded on a commemorative board in the nave of the church (refer to the table below).
Of particular interest are Martin Joseph Routh, President of Magdalen College Oxford for 63 years, and his nephew John William Routh, who between them were incumbents of St Michael's from 1810 to 1905. They are commemorated in the name of one of the roads adjacent to the church, Routh Lane.
List of Vicars and Rectors of Tylehurst
The Abbot & Brethren of Reading Abbey were responsible for serving the Parish from A.D. 1189 until the Dissolution in A.D. 1539. At first the Parish was in the Diocese of Lincoln. Later it passed to Salisbury and finally to Oxford.
Between 1189 and 1574 it is unclear who was the incumbent. Some records indicate that only Curates were in charge. Many arguments ensued between the locals such as Sir Peter Van Lore and others as to who owned the Advowson and consequently who was put forward to be the Vicar or Rector. Extensive research has been undertaken through the archives at the local and national level and researchers are confident that the names below represent the true record of the Vicars and Rectors of Tylehurst.
In the notes below, in officio obit means that the person died whilst in office.
The notes include the names of Curates and their dates of appointment, where known.
in officio obit.
in officio obit. Was also Rector of St Andrew, Bradfield and was buried there on the 19th July 1613.
in officio obit. Later Bishop of Rochester. Also Dean of Salisbury 1620-1629. Died 9th Oct 1637. Buried in St Paul's Cathedral.
in officio obit. Buried at St Michael's 21st June 1679 - quite possibly inside the church.
in officio obit. Buried in the chancel 27th March 1711 - his tomb was uncovered during the restoration work in 2012.
in officio obit.
in officio obit. Traveller, author & archaeologist. Died 9th February 1810.
Martin Joseph Routh
President of Magdalen College, Oxford 1791-1854. Born 18th Sept 1755. Inducted Rector 12th Sept 1810. Died 23rd Dec 1854. Buried in Queens College Chapel, Oxford.
John William Routh
Nephew of M. J. Routh.
Henry Richard Cooper-Smith
Francis Gordon Sherwood
Curate: Dr Hopfs (June 1944).
Oliver Dudley Harvey
Peter de la Poer Beresford-Peirse
George Lanyon Hacker
Later Bishop of Penrith.
John Sefton Tilston
in officio obit (1984).
David Raymond Russell Seymour
Clive Morlais Peter Jones
Curate: Paul Seaman (July 1986).
Frederick William Dawson
Served until 15th May 2007.
John Arthur Rogers
Inducted on 21st December 2007. Retired on 10th December 2017.
Elizabeth Clare Ratcliffe
Inducted on 24th September 2018.
The Parish is indebted to the late E.W.P. Moriarty OBE, to the Archivist of the Salisbury Diocese, to the Bodleian Library of Oxford, and to others for their assistance in compiling this information.