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    THE STORY OF SHOREHAM       VICARS OF NEW SHOREHAM  
                       
June 3rd, 1388, HenryWoolston exchanged with John Marescall. -"Thomas Brydham, Vicar of New Shoreham" is one of the witnesses to the will of Ralph Double in 1392.-July 30th, 1401, John Clark.-October 11th, 1405, John Cook.-September 30th, 1439, Thomas Shawe.-October 1st, 1440, Robert Cornewell.-June 26th, 1441, John Philip.-" Giles," Vicar of New Shoreham, is cited to appear at the Bishop's Visitation in 1478.-December 15th, 1479, John Penteney.-June 29th, 1484, Andrew Parke. William Benett (resigned 1502).-August 5th, 1502, John Hornby (also Vicar of Old Shoreham).-Richard Tede.-July 5th, 1513, William Clarke.-William Balenden.-March 30th, 1517, Thomas Wygyn.--May 14th, 1533, John Smyth.-John Tomson.John Atkinson.-June 16th, 1545, Thomas Mylles, mentioned both as Vicar and Chantry Priest in the returns made of the Chantry lands in the reign of Edward VI.   :following   were   Curates-in-charge :   Peter   Wynn   (Rector of 'Southwick), 1670-72.-Edward Lowe (Vicar of Brightelmeston), 1673-79.-Robert Sparrow (Rector of Newtimber, 1631), 1679-83. -Simon Winch (Vicar of Old Shoreham), 1683-86.-Isaac Boardman (Rector of Coombes), 1687-90.-John Webb, 1692-John Gray (Curate and Sequestrator of Old Shoreham), 1695-1713.
  Rice Williams, B.A., ordained Deacon by William, Bishop of Llandaff, 21st September, 1690, and Priest by same 29th July, 1693. Instituted 3rd July, 1713, on presentation of Queen Anne by reason of lapse, and inducted 25th August following. He is mentioned (10 George I.) as receiving tithes in New Shoreham in respect of " Hayler's Mill " and Glasspool's public housesthe " King's Arms " and " The Ship." He was buried at New Shoreham, 22nd May, 1727.
  Edward Martin, ordained Deacon by Thomas Bowers, Bishop of Chichester, 22nd December, 1722, and Priest by Thomas, Bishop of Ely, 1st March, 1723-4. Vicar of New Shoreham, November 27th, 1728. He married at Pyecombe, 7th July, 1737, with Mrs. Elizabeth Temple of that place and died 13th April, 1766.-August 27th, 1766, William Marchant.
Richard Sysson, Vicar of Old and New Shoreham. Ordained Priest by Richard Curaeys, Bishop of Chichester 31st March, 1574.   Instituted to former living 30th May, 1575, on presentation of 'Magdalen Coll., Oxon., and to the latter, 19th October, 1577. Adam Cartwright, presented by Queen Elizabeth, was instituted in 1579, but Richard Sysson retained the benefice. He was buried at New Shoreham 24th September, 1607.  
  Thomas Poole Hooper.   Third son of John Hooper, Esq., by his wife Mary, daughter of Capt. John and Mary Fawler (ne'e Poole).   Born in London. Matriculated at Pembroke Coll., Oxon., 1791.   B.A. 1797, M. A. 1800. Vicar of New Shoreham, February 25th 1802 and Rector of Kingston-by-Sea, 1809.   Resigned the living of New Shoreham (181.5) on presentation to Sompting, which living he retained as well as Kingston till his death at ;Sompting in 1837. He was buried in New Shoreham Church where there is a tablet to his memory.
Robert Woods, M.A., ordained Deacon and Priest by John, Bishop of Norwich, 26th May, 1605. Instituted 19th September, 1608, on Collation by Bishop of Chichester through lapse and inducted 23rd September following.-July 5th, 1615,William Greenhill.-(John Draper, Curate 1630, to December 31st 1633).-John Nurth, B.A. of Magdalen Coll., Ordained Deacon by George Carleton, Bishop of Chichester 24th September, 1626.   Instituted 31st December, 1633, on presentation of his College, and inducted 9th January, 1633-4.-Daniel Harcourt, Curate. licensed May, 1633.-In 1649, Richard Bonner and in 1651, Thomas Hallett were Ministers under the Commonwealth. As such they were intruders, having no status in the English Church. They were, of course, followers of the Directory of Public Worship instead of the Book of Common Prayer and any ordination they might have had would be non -episcopal.   Richard Bonner, however, was ordained by the Bishop of Chichester after the Restoration, and ultimately became Rector of Maresfield in 1651, which benefice he retained until his death in 1693.  
           
  August 7th, 1815, John Gould.-September 10th, 1819, Richard William Hutenins.-September 4th, 1828, Zacharias Henry Biddulph (also Vicar of Old Shoreham).-June 19th, 1843, William Wheeler (also Vicar of Old Shoreham).-April 26th, 1856, Harris Smith, D.D.-March 7th, 1889, Edmund Francis Guise Tyndale. It was the great ambition of this gentleman to restore the ruined nave of the church back to its medixval beauty, but his sudden and premature death after only seven months' residence in the town prevented the fulfilment of this desire.
  April 9th, 1890, Charles Edward Steward (whose son, John Manwaring Steward, after many years Missionary work, was consecrated 5th Bishop of Melanesia in 1919).
  Circa 1662, the living was sequestrated and thereafter the  
                       
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