Vicars and Priests-in-Charge of Littlemore

Vicars and Priests-in-Charge of Littlemore

list based on information provided by Jean Arnatt of Littlemore Local History Society

1836-1845 John Henry Newmanfounder of the church. His mother Jemima laid the foundation stone Newman’s Littlemore legacy“The Parting of Friends” – Newman’s last sermon at Littlemore
1836 Isaac Williams (Curate)friend of John Keble, hymn writer (author of “Be thou my guardian and my guide”)
1837-1840 John Rouse Bloxham (Curate)Fellow of Magdalen College.
1847-1848 C. L. Cornish
 1848-1851 C. Walters
 1851-1870 George W. Huntingford (Perpetual Curate until 1864, then Incumbent)
 1872-1896 Vernon T. Green died at home on 27th November 1896. The east window was given in his memory.
1897-1908 H. Irvine MA of Christ Church, Oxford, and an honorary canon of St. Albans.
1908-1930 George Champion
1931-1951 ? Buckwell
1951-1964 Martin Young
married to the daughter of Bishop Kirk, Bishop of Oxford.
1964-1971 Valentine Fletcher
in 1964 plans had been made to demolish the vicarage and build another house. Fr Fletcher approved the plan and agreed the proposed site for the new vicarage, but until the new building was ready 15 Vicarage Close was used as a temporary vicarage. He was an expert on chimneys; his guide Chimney Pots and Stacks ran to rwo editions.
1972-1978 Raymond Crouch (Priest-in-Charge)
lived in the new Vicarage. He persuaded members of the congregation to call each other by their Christian names and not the more formal Mr or Mrs. He removed the varnish from the reredos and with the help of two parishioners restored the original colours.
1978-1996 David Nicholls (Priest-in-Charge, then Vicar from 23rd Jan 1986)David Nichollsformerly Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. Renowned theologian, political scientist, and prolific writer, he was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Oxford in 1991. Married to consultant paediatrician Dr Gillian Sleigh, a specialist in child development. He died suddenly on 13th June 1996. Gillian died on 31st October 2010.

1997-2006 Bernhard Schünemann (Priest-in-Charge) Bernhard and Elofrom St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Born in Göttingen in Germany, studied music and theology in London and Oxford. He first worked as a ‘cello teacher, parliamentary research assistant and as a nurse in a South London. hospice. Married to the Estonian artist Elo Allik. Appointed Vicar of South Dulwich 2006.
2006- Margreet Armitstead (Priest-in-Charge)Margreet was born near Amsterdam and studied at the Amsterdam Teacher Training College before taking a degree in English Language and Literature at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She lived with her husband Julian in Hong Kong for five years where children Gillian and Tom were born. On return to England Margreet taught in local primary schools and worked with brain-injured adults. From 2003 – 2006 she was curate of Littlemore and from 2006 she has been Priest-in-Charge.


St Mary and St Nicholas Church, 150th anniversary mass, 28th September 1986.

Front row: Revd Reginald Bowler, Revd Martin Young (Vicar 1953-61), Revd Valentine Fletcher (Vicar 1962-71), Revd Raymond Crouch (Vicar 1972-78).
Back row: Revd Prof. Rowan Williams (preacher, later Archbishop of Canterbury), Revd Dr David Nicholls (Vicar 1978-96), and the Revd Neville Kyrke-Smith (Curate).