Robert Hugh Mansfield-Williams vicar ??/??/1954 -??/??/1960

Hilary Roadley

Rev Mansfield-Williams
Wendy Farrington's wedding 1962
Rev Mansfield-Williams grave, Harston churchyard

There seem to be a number of village memories of Rev Mansfield Williams stay in Harston. Brian Willers remembers him with affection as he often took him to the Queen’s Head for an underage drink after he had been helping around the church or after a funeral. One day the Rev sat on a bier outside the Coach and Horses asking for money and said ’if the parishioners won’t come to me, I’ll go to them’!

David Starr went to a youth club in the village hall started by the Rev Mansfield Williams.

A newspaper cutting in 1958 tells of the Coach & Horses Chapman Cup darts final which won by the Rev Mansfield Williams & his lay-reader Mr Armstrong. The Rev threw the final double 5 to win.

On Friday, May 15, 1959 the Independent Press & Chronicle shows a picture (right) of Rev Mansfield-Williams leading female candidates to Harston Church when Bishop Walsh visited Harston.

Wendy Farrington’s wedding was on 21st July 1962 and although Rev. Williams was no longer the vicar of Harston he came back to officiate for he. The wedding photo was taken in the vicarage garden.

While living in Canterbury in 1972 he was invited back to Harston to open the village fete.

The Reverend liked Harston so much he asked to be buried here even though he no longer lived here. He died 24 March 1986, aged 68, and is buried in churchyard. His funeral service took place on Friday 11 April at 2.30pm. Earlier in the day, at his request, a requiem was held for him at 10.00am.

This page was added on 10/04/2019.

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  • The Rev Mansfield Williams married me and my wife on 9th January 1966 at St Gregory’s Church Canterbury, he was a remarkable man who I shall never forget.RIP.

    By malcolm gummer (01/04/2022)

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