Reverend Edward Stevens (1832 – 1898)
The Reverend Edward Thomas Stevens was Vicar of Sibford Gower and Sibford Ferris from 1874 until his death on 15 October 1898. He was born on 21 October 1832 in Ipswich, Suffolk, where he received his early education. He obtained his BA in 1871 and MA in 1875 at Worcester College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1871 and was Curate in Sandford-on-Thames, 1871 – 1874, and Chaplain at New College, Oxford, 1873 – 1874. On 22 December 1853 he married Isabella Hannah Cooper (“Bell”) in Halifax, Yorkshire, stating his occupation as “Schoolmaster”. They had four children:
- Isabella Rosa, baptised on 23 January 1855;
- Harry, born 12 September 1859 who, after what appears to have been a difficult childhood eventually became a vicar and presided at Stevens’s funeral in Sibford;
- William, born three months prematurely in 1871, who survived just one day;
- Frank, born on 30 July 1875, was theatrical in childhood and eventually changed his name to Frank Lascelles and became a well known Pageant Master. When not travelling around the world staging pageants, Frank lived in some style in Sibford Gower where he converted a few dwellings and a barn into what he named The Manor House.
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