Rev John Edwards



Rev John Edwards MA was the son of Thomas Edwards.

He was educated at Lincoln College Oxford.

He was curate at Rochdale parish church before becoming Curate at Todmorden [1846-1864].

In September 1846, he married Louisa, daughter of Rev Dr Molesworth, at Rochdale Parish Church. They had several sons: (1) Walter Molesworth, Lionel, and Guilford Lindsey.

In 1853, the Bishop claimed to have discovered errors in the documents relating to the consecration of Christ Church. This meant that Edwards was not legally incumbent of the chapelry but only of Christ Church. Consequently, all weddings performed in the new church were not valid and would require an Act of Parliament to legalise them. Dr Molesworth, Edward's father-in-law, published a pamphlet suggesting that the Bishop had a personal grudge against him and his family in refusing to resolve this what seemed to be an obvious lapse in good intentions. The matter was resolved in 1866 with the passing of the Rochdale Vicarage Act.

He had a speech impediment, which may have resulted in the congregation falling. He appointed several curates to perform some of his duties.

Because of ailing health, he retired in 1864 and died later that year [16th May 1864] at Ashburnham House, Bedford



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Revised 13:03 / 24th May 2021 / 3260

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