Extract from Bournemouth, St Peters By Ian Mcqueen
During most of the eighteen-fifties Morden Bennett ran the growing parish with the help of only one assistant curate. John Maguire held this position from 1855 to 1856 and Alfred Brook from 1857 to 1859. With the establishment of new Churches at Moordown and Pokesdown and the opening of a mission beyond the river Stour at East Parley the incumbent's resources were taxed to the utmost and in 1860 he appointed two assistants who remained on the permanent staff for many years, Samuel Robinson Waddelow and Edward Wanklyn.
In 1863 they were joined upon his ordination as priest by the vicar's son, Alexander Sykes Bennett. Around these three men Morden Bennett built up a large clerical staff of excellent quality.
Waddelow, who served as senior priest at St. Peter's until his death in 1875, probably exerted a greater influence in the town than any curate before or since. His work for Bournemouth's sick people, especially in connection with the National Sanatorium and later with the establishment of The Firs Home, made him greatly beloved and respected throughout the locality. He was honoured with appointment as a colonial bishop in 1866 but, having accepted the office and whilst awaiting the day of his consecration, he was forced to withdraw on medical advice. His early death in 1875 brought profound sorrow to his large circle of friends.
In 1861 there arrived in Bournemouth Sir Henry Taylor, the famous colonial administrator and man of letters. He said some very nice things about the town (for example, "The place is beautiful beyond any seaside place I have ever seen except the Riviera"), built a house known as The Roost (now called Rawden) in Hinton Road and settled down with his family. He became associated with Morden Bennett in many public works, particularly the National Sanatorium of which he was a generous benefactor.
Taylor, who is noted for having been recommended for a life peerage in the bill which Lord Russell unsuccessfully presented to Parliament in 1869 and for his "clear, just and tolerant" mind, was not always kind when speaking of his adopted home. He wrote that on his arrival in Bournemouth the residents comprised "two clergymen, two doctors, three widows and six old maids. Of these, the doctors and two of the widows have families. The clergymen and the old maids have none."
The clergymen are presumably meant to be the widower Morden Bennett and the bachelor Waddelow. Taylor does not record what view the vicar's sons took of the aspersions cast upon their origin, but he goes on to describe the curate as "handsome, dutiful and soft." Was this Waddelow or Wanklyn?
Extract From Life’s Precious Memories
Florence Georgina Wadlow
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