Rev.Thomas Lechmere Tudor Fitzjohn & Patron – 1906

Thomas Lechmere Tudor Fitzjohn was born at Leeds in 1847.

In the 1871 census he was lodging at Rodney Terrace, Cheltenham.

Rev Thomas Fitzjohn

In 1874 he married Emily Mercy Patchett at Atcham, Shropshire. She was born in 1847 at Chester.

In the 1881 census the couple were living at Westgate Palace, Southwell, the Rev Fitzjohn being Curate of Southwell. With them were their two children, Ann, aged 4, and Winifred, aged 2. A son, Geoffrey Nigel, was born in 1882.

From 1883 to 1906 Rev. Fitzjohn was Vicar of Cardington, Shropshire. In 1906 he was appointed as Rector of Oddington.

Rev. Fitzjohn died on 12 November 1914 and is buried at Oddington. Emily Mercy Fitzjohn died at Cheltenham in 1927 and was buried at Oddington. Also buried at Oddington are their children, Winifred and Geoffrey.


Wilfred Ivanhoe Thomas – Patron of Oddington

Documents relating to the appointment of Rev. Thomas Tudor Fitzjohn in 1906 show the Patron of the living to be Wilfred Ivanhoe Thomas of “Fairfield”, Uckfield, Sussex, Gentleman.

It is not clear what connection Mr Thomas had with Oddington, although it is like to be through Trinity College, Oxford, which “owned” the living at that time.

Wilfred J Thomas was born at Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1862, the son of William and Mary Maria Thomas. They lived at Ivinghoe’s Villa, Stroud, which presumably is from which Wilfred took his second name and which, in later life, he used as his main name. The 1881 census shows the family living at Wick Street, Painswick, Gloucestershire, with Mary, as a widow, being Head of the household. Her profession is recorded as “Income derived from House and Land.” Wilfred I Thomas was then aged 19, his occupation being Solicitor’s Articled Clerk.

On 9 September 1890 Wilfred married Gertrude Lloyd at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge. She was the daughter of the late Edmund Lloyd of Coedmore, Cardigan and Mrs Lloyd of Noyadd House, Grove Park, Chiswick.

The 1911 census records Wilfred and Gertrude Thomas as living at Backwoods, Lindfield, Sussex with their son, Wilfred Lloyd Thomas, aged 14 years.

Correspondence to the Registrar of the Diocese of Oxford from W Ivinghoe Thomas showed him as being a solicitor in practice at 33 Chancery Lane, London WC.