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Name: Charles Thompson

Burial Number: 0579

Gender: Male

Occupation: Clergyman

Born: 13/7/1837

Died: 07/03/1909

Buried: 10/03/1909


Charles was born in East Rudham, Norfolk, the son of Walter James and Charlotte. He was baptised at East Rudham on 6th October 1839. His father was a veterinary surgeon and by 1841, the family had moved to Kings Lynn. By 1861, Charles was studying theology in London at King’s College. On 3rd April 1872, he married Harriet Charlotte Jolliffe at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury. In 1875, Charles was appointed vicar of St John the Baptist Church, Cardiff. The couple had no children of their own but adopted a girl Elizabeth. In 1883, Charles was appointed chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff. From 1889 until 1901, he served as the Rural Dean of Cardiff. Charles retired in 1905 and he and Harriet moved to Worthing living at “St John’s” in Rugby Road. By 1909, they had moved to “Rudham” in Rowlands Road. Charles died here on 7th March 1909. Probate was granted to Harriet Charlotte Thompson widow. Effects £6279 16s 2d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charles Thompson

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 2 Plot: 4

Exact Location (what3words): awards.sober.curvy

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Charles James Thompson who died March 7 1909 aged 72 years. For 26 years vicar of Cardiff 1875-1901 "R.I.P." Also of Harriet Charlotte his much loved wife who died April 30th 1919 aged 72

Further Information


Name: Charles James Arthur Thompson

Gender: Male

Born: 13/7/1837

Town: East Rudham

County: Norfolk

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 3/4/1872

Spouse First Name: Harriet

Spouse Second Name: Charlotte

Spouse Last Name: Jolliffe

Town of Marriage: Bloomsbury

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 07/03/1909

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: "Rudham"

Address line 3: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Brighton Gazette 10th March 1909

“Distinguished Cleric’s Death”

The Late Canon Thompson

The death occurred at his residence “Rudham” Rowlands Road, Worthing at four o’clock Sunday morning of the Rev. Canon Charles James Thompson who was 72 years of age, who had been in failing health for some time past. A few weeks ago he had an apoplectic seizure and paralysis subsequently set in. His condition gradually became worse and on Friday he was unconscious and was reported by his medical attendant Dr A H Gostling to be rapidly sinking. All hope of his recovery was abandoned by his relatives, but he lingered for some hours afterwards and passed peacefully away in an unconscious state.

Canon Thompson had had an active and distinguished ecclesiastical career. he formerly held the curacies of Christ Church Rotherhithe, All Souls Gordon Square and Christ Church Lee but will be remembered chiefly for his work in South Wales. He was appointed Prebendary in Llandaff Cathedral in 1892. In 1871, he became Diocesan Inspector of Schools for the Diocese of Llandaff and held that important position for four years. In 1875, he was instituted Vicar of St John the Baptist in Cardiff and retained the living for a long period of twenty six years. From 1889 to 1901, Canon Thompson was Rural Dean of Cardiff. He was also chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff from 1886 to 1905 and preacher at Gray’s Inn for three years until 1904.

On retiring from active duties just over four years ago, he went to live at Worthing, residing first in Rugby Road and latterly nearer the seafront, alomst on the outskirts of the Borough in Rowlands Road. On account of indifferent health he took no part in local religious affairs, living in quiet retirement. He leaves a widow.


Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6279 16 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £490906.00

Census Information


Broad Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Walter aged 30, veterinary surgeon. Charlotte aged 30. Charles aged 4. Clara aged 3. Ann aged 2. Emily aged 11 months. Plus 3 servants.


23 Wood Street, St Michael, Middx.

Charles aged 14, clerk for Charles Smith, warehouseman.


120 Pockington Street, Islington.

Charles aged 24, boarder, theological student King’s College.


2 Woodland Villas, St Clement, Oxford.

Charles aged 34, boarder, temporary curate of Woodstock, associate of King’s College, London.


The Vicarage, Charles Street, Cardiff.

Charles aged 44, vicar of St John, MA Oxon, associate of King’s College, London. Harriet aged 34. Elizabeth aged 5, adopted daughter. Walter aged 8, nephew. Ernest aged 7, nephew. Charlotte Johnson aged 72, widow, mother. Archibald Russell aged 29, boarder, curate . Plus 2 servants.


Broomthorpe Road, East Rudham, Norfolk.

Charles aged 54, Dean of Cardiff. Harriet aged 44. Visiting Charles’ uncle William Ritton, retired grocer and family.


The Vicarage, Charles Street, Cardiff.

Charles aged 64, clergyman. Harriet aged 54. Plus 2 servants.

Miscellaneous Information

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