Portrait of John Parr

Name: John Parr

Burial Number: 0685

Gender: Male

Occupation: Curate; Rector; Chaplain to Worthing Hospital

Born: 24/08/1825

Died: 22/10/1912

Buried: 25/10/1912


John Owen Parr was Chaplain of Worthing Hospital for 26 years.
The photo shows him outside the Hospital in May 1908. He is the bearded gentleman sitting on the right of the Matron, Miss Burford.

He was born in Remenham, Berks. – across the Thames from Henley – the third of the nine children of John Owen Parr and Maria Elizabeth Wright, and grandson of John Owen Parr, who was born in 1757 in Sussex.
A branch of the Parrs held freehold property at Rainford, Lancashire in the time of Henry VIII, and in 1686 “Edward Parr, of Haysom, within Rainford, Gent, was father of John Parr, an eminent merchant of Liverpool,” whose representative is, we understand, the present Rev. John Owen Parr, Vicar of Preston” (and father of ‘our’ John Owen Parr.)
The Rev. John Owen Parr was in Rainford in 1841 with 15 year-old son John and six younger children. Maria died in that year.
A Graduate of Exeter College, Oxford, by 1851 John Parr junior was Curate of Clatworthy, Somerset. With him were his 20 year-old sister Katherine and 13 year-old brother William.
Between 1861 and 1871 he was Curate, later Rector, at Hinstock, Shropshire, married (in 1858) to Mary Emily (Pott) who was born in London. They had no children.
By 1881 the couple had moved to 42 Marine Parade, Worthing, where they lived out the rest of their lives. When Rev Parr moved to Worthing he was a Clergyman ‘without care of souls’. At the celebrations for the granting of Borough status to Worthing in 1890, he was present, and is to be seen in a photograph taken then, standing behind the first Mayor, Alfred Cortis.
By 1891 the Parr household included John Parr’s brother, William C Parr and his wife Frances, with their son (born in India) and daughter. William was from the General Bombay Staff Corps. – almost certainly on furlough. There were also 3 Servants.
By 1901 their household included a Waiting Maid from Guildford and a Cook from Yapton, plus a Housemaid from Kirdford, all single women.

By 1911 William had a single niece, Katherine, born Preston, for company, plus 3 Servants. The house was recorded as having 13 rooms.
Rev Parr died in 1912. Probate was granted to the Rev Willoughby Chase Parr and a Solicitor. His effects were worth over £14,000.

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for John Parr

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 11

Exact Location (what3words): gains.clip.period

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Mary Emily Parr born February 23rd 1826 entered into rest March 16th 1908 Job XlX 25.27 Also of the Rev John Owen Parr born August 24th 1825 entered into rest October 22nd 1912

Further Information


Name: John Owen Parr

Gender: Male

Born: 24/08/1825

Town: Remenham

County: Berkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1858

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Emily

Spouse Last Name: Pott

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Shropshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/10/1912

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 42

Address line 3: Marine Parade

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 30th October 1912

Held in High Regard. Late Rev. J.O Parr. Large and Representative Gathering at The Funeral.

The great respect is which the late Rev. John Owen Parr was held was abundantly testified to on Friday, when the remains of the deceased gentleman were interred at Heene Cemetery. The cortege left the residence of the deceased in Cambridge Terrace, Marine Parade, just before half-past two o’clock, and a large number of people assembled in the neighbourhood to witness the departure. The procession went by way of The Parade, West Buildings, and Crescent Road to Holy Trinity Church, where again there was a large concourse of people awaiting its arrival; whilst inside the building most of the seating accommodation was taken up by members of all classes.

The Service – The body of the deceased was met at the door by the Vicar of the parish (the Rev. C.J. Hollis), the Rector of Broadwater (the Rev E.J. Elliott), and the Curates of Holy Trinity (the Revs. G.W. Boothroyd, and W. Fenn).

The hymn, “On the Resurrection Morning,” was sung after the body had been borne to the chancel,, ad this was followed by the singing of the nineteenth Psalm by the Choir, after which the lesson, from the fifteenth chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, commencing “Now is Christ risen from the dead,” was read by the Rev. W.R. Mills (of Liphook).

The other part of the service was conducted by the Vicar, and after the hymns, “Now the Labourer’s Task is O’er” had been sung, the Organist (Mr C. Spratley) played “O Rest in the Lord” as the body was being taken out of the Church to be committed to its last resting place.

Preceding it down the aisle were Bishop Royston, the Rector of Broadwater (the Rev. E.J. Elliott), the Rev. G.W. Boothroyd, the Rev. W. Fenn, the Vicar of Holy Trinity (the Rev. C.J. Hollis), and the Rev. W.R. Mills.

A Representative Assembly – After the coffin came the immediate relatives, these including Major Parr (nephew), Dr. Clarke (brother-in-law), Dr. Murray (cousin), Mr Stanley Pott (nephew), and the Misses Beatrice, Lilian, Catherine, Emily and Eleanor Parr (nieces of the deceased), and the servants at 42 Marine Parade.

Immediately behind were His Worship the Mayor (Alderman E.C. Patching, J.P.), the Mayor-Designate (Alderman Robert Piper), the Town Clerk (Mr. W. Verrall), Alderman G. Ewen Smith (Chairman of the Education Committee), Alderman F.C. Linfield. J.P., Alderman W. Walter, Councillors G. Baker, L.W. Burnand, C.C. Cook, Ellen Chapman, R. Chignell, H.T. Duffield, J. Grevatt, T. Gray, C. Lacey, G.C. Parsons, W. Sams, J.P., W.G. Tree, C. Taylor, and J.F. Whyte; Mr F.H. Norman, Mrs Writght, and Mr E.A. Sparkes (Assistant Clerk to the Education Committee).

The Hospital Management Committee was represented by Dr. F. Hinds, Dr. H. Leeds Harrison, Mr Robert W. Charles, Mr F. Martin, Mr J.E. Saunders, Mr W.S. Simpson, Mr F. Stevens, I.S.O., Mr F. Wallace Wink, and Mr H.R.P. Wyatt, J.P., Dr H.F. Hyde (a member of the Honorary Medical Staff of the Hospital) and the Matron (Miss Burford) were also present. Mr A. Buckland Dixon represented the Provident and Relief Society, with which the deceased was prominently identified, and the general congregation included Admiral Keppel, Messrs. E.G. Amphlett, J.P., C.I. Bentall, J. Barns, R.R. Wentworth Hyde, R.J. Larcombe, R. Parkinsonson, W.A. Taylor, F.B. Tilt, and A. Woolgar, and the Revs. W.B. Ferris (who attended in a bath chair), G.H. Mallett (Broadwater), and H.C. Burrowes, Canon Harvey, J.P. Boswell, and E.J. Cunningham.

At the Graveside – The interment took place at Heene Cemetery, and on arrival there the Rev. J.P. Fallowes (the Rector) headed the procession, and conducted the last rites.

The scholars of Davison School, with which the deceased had been closely identified for so many years, were lined up on either side of the path leading to the graveside, in charge of the Teachers.

There was a very large number of people within the Cemetery, and after Bishop Royston had pronounced the final prayer, and the relatives had taken a last farewell, they filed past the graveside to pay a last tribute of respect. The inscription they saw on the coffin which was of polished oak, was as follows: John Owen Parr, M.A., Oxon., Died 22nd October 1912. Aged 87 years.

A Notable Floral Tribute – There was a large number of floral tributes sent, and amongst them some striking specimens. The most noticeable was, perhaps, one which took the form of a crown, and which was composed of white chrysanthemums, and was sent by the Teachers and Scholars of Davison School, with the inscription, “In loving memory of his School”

Other tributes, which bore suitable inscriptions, were from the following: Mrs Arthur Parr; Misses Parr (Tischfield); Misses Parr (Bickley); Admiral and Mrs Chase Parr (Folkestone); Major Parr; Mr C.W.C. Parr; Anthony and Dagmar; Miss Burford (Worthing Hospital); Colonel and Mrs Beale; Mrs Boswell; Committee of the Worthing Hospital; Mrs Duke; Davison School; Mr. and Mrs. Farley; “Flowers from the garden he loved”; Maggie and Violet Geale; Mr. T. Spence-Hawkes and the Misses Hawkes; His late colleagues on the ?? Committee; Dr. Lockwood; Mrs Livesay; The Mayor of Worthing; Miss Gladys Pott; Mr and Mrs R.C. Patching; Mary C Roberts; Servants at 42 Marine Parade; Staff and Girls of the Church High School; Hannah M Vibart; A.H. Jones Williams; Worthing Teachers; Mr and Mrs G.H. Warne.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Patching and Co., under the personal supervision of Mr W. George Patching.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £14000 s d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

No census information is available for this burial record.

Miscellaneous Information

John Owen Parr was Chaplain of Worthing Hospital for 26 years. The photo shows him outside the Hospital in May 1908. He is the bearded gentleman sitting on the right of the Matron, Miss Burford.