Yeovil people

Reverend Edmund wyndham

Vicar of Yeovil, 1873-1884


Edmund Wyndham was born on 20 September 1835 at Bramshaw, Hampshire, and baptised at St Peter's church, Bramshaw, on 20 September 1835.

Edmund was the second of the eight children of local magistrate William Wyndham (1769-1862) and Ellen née Heathcote (1803-1883). William and Ellen's children were; Ellen (1832-1889), William (1834-1914), Edmund, Arthur (1837-1921), Wadham (1838-1847), Hugh (1839-1898), Letitia (1841-1913) and Thomas Heathcote (1845-1912).

When he was aged two, Edmund moved to live at Dinton House (now called Philips House - see Gallery), Dinton, Wiltshire - the country seat of William Wyndham the elder (Edmund's grandfather) and William Wyndham the younger (Edmund's father). There were three other Wyndhams in residence, but the house was mostly occupied by the family's sixteen servants - all recorded in the 1841 census.

The 1851 census recorded that 15-year-old Edmund, together with his brothers - 14-year-old Arthur and 11-year-old Hugh were pupil boarders at Grove College, Walcot, Somerset. Edmund went on to study at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he achieved his B.A.

By the time of the 1861 census, Edmund was back at home at Dinton House. He gave his occupation as "B.A.". On Sunday 18 December 1864, at an ordination held by the Bishop of Bath and Wells in the Cathedral Church of Wells, Edmund was admitted into holy orders as a deacon. The following year, on 17 December 1865, again at Wells, Edmund was admitted into holy orders as a priest. He held his first curacy at Bishop's Lydeard, near Taunton, until instituted to the rectory of West Chelborough, Dorset, in December 1872.

In July 1865, at Tiverton, Devon, Edmund married Augusta Margaret Harrison (1834-1932) of Clayhanger, Devon. They did not have children. The 1871 census recorded them, together with a servant, at the Rectory, Monkokehampton, Devon. Edmund was listed as the curate.

On Wednesday 1 October 1873, Edmund was inducted as the Vicar of Yeovil. He and Augusta moved into Yeovil Vicarage at 63 Hendford (today's 70 Hendford) and were recorded there in the 1881 census, together with a cook and a housemaid.

Edmund left Yeovil on 9 November 1884, to be replaced by HT Beale. In the 1891 census, 55-year-old Edmund and 56-year-old Augusta were listed in Weston Super Mare with two servants. Edmund gave his profession as a Clerk in Holy Orders.

Edmund died on 14 December 1899 at Exmouth, Devon. He was aged 64. Augusta continued to live in Exmouth and died there, aged 98, on 15 September 1932.


From my collection

Edmund Wyndham, Vicar of Yeovil, 1873-1884, photographed by John Chaffin & Sons in 1874.


Dinton House (now called Philips House), Dinton, Wiltshire - the country seat of William Wyndham the elder (Edmund's grandfather) and William Wyndham the younger (Edmund's father). Edmund lived here with his family from the age of two.


The report of Edmund's induction into the Vicarage of Yeovil on Wednesday 1 October 1873 as reported in the 4 October 1873 edition of the Langport Herald.


A Victorian sketch of St John's church, around the time Edmund was Vicar of Yeovil


The former Hendford Vicarage and home to Edmund and Augusta during their stay in Yeovil. Photographed in 2013.


On his leaving Yeovil, Edmund was presented with a silver salver, as described in this report from the 21 November 1884 edition of the Western Gazette.