RECTORS OF ICKHAM.*
(1) WALTER DE CHELECUMB is the first whose name we have
been able to learn. In October 1283 he was appointed joint auditor of
the accounts of Roger Burt, Treasurer of the Chamber (Archbp.
Peckham's Register, 153b). He died in December 1284.
(2) MARTIN DE HAMPTON, who succeeded Chelecumb, was
instituted on 8 kal. Feb. 1284-5, and was inducted by Master Richard,
the Rector of Adisham. Hampton, who was a Canon of Wingham, died in
1306, and was buried in the chancel of Ickham Church. The matrix of his
monumental brass remains.
(3) WILLIAM DE BRITALL may or may not have been Hampton's
immediate successor. We only know that in 1322 he was
"deprived" of his benefice by "definitive sentence."
(4) ROBERT DE NORTON, a great ecclesiastical lawyer, held
the benefice for a few months, from November 1322 to July 1323, when he
was Rector of Ivychurch. In vacating this living, and that of Merstham,
in Surrey, he made a written protest that if the rectory of Ivychurch
involved him in litigation he would return to his former
benefices. He had been Rector of Woodchurch from 1314
to 1315; and was collated to Merstham in January 132 1/2 by Archbishop
Reynolds, "intuitu caritatis;" he acted as Proctor at the
Court of Rome, for that Archbishop in 1322.
(5) THOMAS DE HOWE received the benefice "in commendam"
in July 1323.
(6) ROBERT DE SOLBURY, who obtained this preferment in
April 1324, retained it during twenty-seven years. A special commission
of jurisdiction here was granted to him in July 1326. He became Provost
of Wingham College in July 1351; and he seems then to have exchanged
this benefice for the rectory of Eynsford. He lived until 1358.
* The income of the Rector of Ickham was
valued, in A.D. 1292, at 45 marks per annum. In 1535, it was said to be
£29 13s. 4d., mainly from tithes, but was bound to provide a priest to
serve Well Chapel, at a stipend of £3 6s. 8d. per annum; and to pay
15s. at every visitation, for "proxies and synodes," the net
value of the benefice was said to be £25 11s. 8d. in 1535. Fifty-three
years later its annual value was £150; in 1640, it was £250; in 1800
it had increased to £450; and its tithes at the Commutation were
converted into a rent charge of £997 per annum.