1910 in the days before the Upper Wensum Diary


The Ryburgh Parish Magazine,  


dating from 1910 has been preserved among the Parish records held in

the Norfolk Record Office and seems to have been the Rector's own bound

copies. The first issue  was published before the Revd. Hugh Tatham arrived

in the village. It is not clear if there had been such a publication immediately

prior to his incumbency, though his father, George Tatham had perhaps regularly

produced a Ryburgh Almanack printed on one side of a sheet as seen below 

in a remaining fragment from 1884:





This first Ryburgh Parish Magazine was similarly a single sheet though printed on

both sides. It soon increased to two and then more to include advertisements to

help fund it:



This first edition as can be seen above is badly foxed and so the reverse has been

transcribed below:


My dear friends and future Parishioners,

                  I feel I need not apologise for calling you friends for 

some of you, at any rate have known me in days gone by and

I  trust when I do come to reside among you we may shortly

all become friends and that the happy relations between parish

priest and people may be the same as they were when my dear 

father was Rector of Ryburgh.


           I do however owe you an apology for the delay in this 

month’s issue  of the Parish Magazine, which delay is due to

many things over which I have no control.   I hope in future

the issue of the Magazine may be nearer the beginning of each

month and that you will all like the Magazine I have chosen 

for the parish.


   The picture on the outside is copied from a drawing made

probably over 40 years ago by the Rev. Moxon once Vicar of 



I am sorry to say I shall not be able to come into residence

at the Rectory till after Easter. The delay is due to the state

of the Rectory, for as some of you well know a tremendous

amount of repairs have had to be done.  These could not be 

finished and the house be in a proper condition for me to

bring my family to till well into February, so that long ere we

were settled, Lent ( being early this year) would be more than 

half over and no Parochial or Lenten work would be done.

At the same time I should be leaving this parish and so upsett-

ing the work here, so that after mature deliberation and after

consultation with the Bishop of Lincoln and with other able

and kind friends it has been thought best for both parishes

that I should remain here and finish my work here at Easter

and then make my new start at Ryburgh immediately after.


Wishing all readers of the Magazine a very happy New

Year and looking forward to many happy years in your midst,


           I am,


                   Your future Rector and friend,



                     FREDERICK HUGH TATHAM.



In spite of the assertion that the illustration is taken from a drawing of a former

Hempton Rector, he in turn must have copied it from J.B. Ladbrooke's engraving

of c 1832 where the North Transept is shown still complete with its east facing

Norman windows!








February 1910 was produced in the same format and though not yet resident,

FHT was starting to set out his stall:





March 1910 was a very lean issue:




April 1910 was of a similar brevity:





May 1910 saw the cover printed indicating the month and rather more

in the way of content, as he was by then at the helm and had held his first

Vestry meeting. A condensed version of the minutes of that meeting and

publication of the previous year's accounts was also included.

The entry in the Vestry Book is added below: 



This Vestry Minute Book was started in 1890 with the beginning of new Rector,

Revd.Henry Fowler Baker's Tenure. All the Vestry records up to this time

have been lost and it is tempting to speculate that this had some thing to 

do with the unfortunate incumbency of the Revd.Morris Fuller immediatey

prior to this: 


After the entry for August 1894 the Vestry minute book becomes far

less useful for Parish History as two new separate Parish Councils for

Great and Little  Ryburgh came into being that year. It is a source of

similar regret that none of their records seem to have survived from

that time with the exception of the Members Declarations on Acceptance

of Office books which I was was able to photograph before they too

managed to go missing:





June 1910 and the thought  that things in the parish had rather "slipped"

of late is increasingly noticeable as F.H.T. continues to take charge of

his new parish in his old home:





July 1910  and after only a few months in post the format is becoming

increasingly "chatty" !





August 1910  Perhaps F.H.T. thought he had conveyed the wrong impression

in being chatty as it didn't mean he wasn't going to run things his way.

We now have the follow up declaration of intent to restore the church with

the help of John Ninian Comper and he drops the "faithful and friend to the

village" elements for a few issues:





No copy of the September 1910 issue is bound up in this volume and 

thus the next issue is:


October 1910 and we find a Rector determined to take control of his flock.

One wonders what was expected of the parish in the missing issue.

How times have changed!






November 1910 and the magazine has gained another page to cope with the 

obituary following the death of George Cheape Stark:







December 1910 and a "typo" that must have caused a degree of upset to 

F.H.T. We have become two pages and are looking for more adverts to help

finance the first issue of 1911:





This concludes the first year of the Ryburgh Parish Magazine and the beginning of the influence

of the Reverend Frederick Hugh Tatham on the village .





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