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Rev. Archdale Palmer Wickham

01 Nov 2012 Article No: 53

Born in 1855, the Prebendary Archdale (Archie) Palmer Wickham was vicar of St Marys East Brent from 1911 - 1935

He was prebendary of Wells Cathedral and Rural dean of Axbridge and Burnham district.

Rev. Wickham was related to the Palmer family who were important 19th century Tea merchants and owned Cheam Park House in Surrey. 

The Rev. Wickham was a keen sportsman and played first class cricket for Somerset.

The Somerset County Cricket team 1897 in which the Rev. Wickham played wicket keeper, seen here seated right.

Please see in the gallery an article from the Manchester Guardian dated 29 June 1907 reporting on a game of Cricket that Rev. Wickham played in.

He was also a respected entomologist.  After his death his extensive collection of specimens and manuscripts, were lodged at the British museum.

His wife Harriet Strong came from a family of Vicars and brewers.

An Uncle of Harriet Strong was the Rev. Thomas Watson STRONG rector of Brean SOM. from 1882 until his death in 1920 when his son Ernest Strong took over as rector until 1972. 

Another Uncle founded Strongs Brewery in the midlands.

The Rev Wickham and his wife Harriet are buried in St Marys churchyard beneath the south wall of the church beside the path.

On the North side of the chancel is a stained glass window, dedicated to Rev. Archdale WICKHAM.

The lower half depicts his love of cricket and entomology. His extensive mounted collection of butterflies and moths etc. and manuscripts are now in the British Museum.

In 2005 the main gates to the church were replaced and dedicated to the Rev. Wickham.

This content was provided by John Rigarlsford.with acknowledgement to Bryan Cooper, descendant of Rev. Wickham.

Updated 24 Jan. 2014


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