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A Vicar from Barbados: Edward Cragg Haynes

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Edward Cragg Haynes was christened on 3rd June 1821 at St Michael's, Barbados, West Indies, the eldest son of William Cragg Haynes and his wife Sarah Catharine (née Blackman), who had been married in the same church on 14th May 1818.

He was sent to England to further his studies and the Admissions to Trinity College, Cambridge list Edward Cragg Haynes as having been educated at King's College, London. He became a pensioner of Trinity College, receiving a regular payment to enable him to carry on his studies, under the tutorship of Mr Sharp, and graduated B.A. in 1849. He then studied for the priesthood and in 1851 was ordained by the Bishop of Oxford.

As the Rev. Edward Cragg Haynes he came to the Marshland district about 1853 and opened his school at Swinefleet. A typical advertisement in the Goole and Marshland Gazette of the period reads:-

The Rev. Edward C. Haynes has accomodation for two more boarders.
Terms - Thirty Guineas per Annum. Terms for day pupils - One Guinea per Quarter.


His move to Goole was advertised in the Goole and Marshland Gazette, 1st December 1865:-

The Rev. E. C. Haynes, B.A., Trin. Coll., Cambridge, is about to remove from Swinefleet to the above New Residence, and will be glad to receive Day-Pupils after the Christmas Vacation, terminating Mon. 29th Jan. 1866.
N.B. Accomodation for six more boarders. Terms on application.


One of the pupils at Reverend Haynes' school was Joseph Rank, from Hull, who went on to become one of the country's most successful flour millers.


empson villa, goole, now old goole working men's club

Empson Villa, which became known at a later date as The Gables, and is now Old Goole Working Men's Club

The 1871 Census, taken Sunday, 2nd April, lists Empson Villa as a Private School with Edward Cragg Haynes, age 49, a clergyman (B.A. Cambridge) without cure of souls, born West Indies, Barbados. His wife is Henrietta, age 48, born Gainsborough and their son is Edmund Fowler, age 7, born Swinefleet. There is also the list of 10 boarders (scholars).



The burials register for Swinefleet shows that Edmund Fowler died at the age of 13 on the 18th January 1877, followed by his father Edward Cragg (vicar) on the 24th September 1883.



From the Goole Weekly Times, 28th September 1883:



We were able in the latter portion of our edition last week to announce the sudden death of the Rev. E. C. Haynes, vicar of Swinefleet, which occurred on the afternoon of the 20th inst. The rev. gentleman, a native of Barbados, graduated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1848 [sic], and was in 1851 ordained by the Bishop of Oxford, being first licensed to the curacy of Drayton-Beauchamp in Buckinghamshire.

At a later date he came to Marshland, having a school for some time at the house now occupied by Mr Scott in Old Goole, but on the death [1871] of the late Rev. J. Heaney was appointed to the vicarage of Swinefleet. He on several occasions officiated at Goole parish church. For several years the rev. gentleman has been anxious to have the church at Swinefleet rebuilt or restored; for some time it has been in a ruinous, not to say a dilapidated, condition. The result of his efforts has been improvements of no slight character, the whole of which will be very shortly finished. The rev. gentleman, whose powers as a reader were acknowledged throughout the district, was interred on Monday in the churchyard at Swinefleet, a large number of the parishioners and personal friends being present.

The Rev. W. Williams (in whose gift the living is) preached on Sunday at Swinefleet and Whitgift, and made suitable allusion to the sudden manner in which the vicar's death had occurred.




From Rivers, Rectors and Abbots by David Lunn, Bishop of Sheffield:

When the Rev. E. C. Haynes was appointed Vicar in 1872 [sic] he was determined that there should be a new church and a new vicarage. He immediately sent out an appeal to all his friends seeking £2000. "The church," he said, "with little or no accommodation for the poor is an old brick building formerly used as a Chapel of Ease to Whitgift. So unsafe are the timbers that Divine Service must shortly be held in the School Room." The vicarage was "a mere dilapidated cottage." History does not record how successful the Vicar's appeal was. The new church does not seem to have been completed till 1882 [sic]. But the new vicarage was built and Mr West tells us [Methodism in Marshland - 1884] that by 1884 the "stocks" had been moved and were now "placed at the end of the lock-up opposite the present vicarage near the Horse Pond."




Rev. E. C. Haynes' wife remarried and it was 21 years later that the Goole Times reported her death.


From the Goole Times, Friday, 12th August 1904:



On Saturday, after a long illness, Mrs Dunn, a well known and much respected resident, passed away at the age of 82. Previous to 1883 she was the wife of the Rev. Edward Cragg Haynes, a former vicar of Swinefleet, after whose death she married Mr Dunn, who died in 1897. The funeral was held on Monday. The Revs Joseph Herring, vicar of Whitgift, and William James, vicar of Swinefleet, conducted the burial service, which was held in the unfinished church. Messrs Laverack and Driffill (churchwardens of Swinefleet), with Messrs Cooper and Wright (sidesmen, Old Goole church), bore the corpse to the graveside.

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