of this and all his other preferments, because he was
a married man. The sentence of deprivation was issued in the Chapter
House at Canterbury, by Dr. Henry Harvey, Vicar-General, and Richard
Thornden, Bishop Suffragan of Dover. The descendants of Archdeacon
Cranmer remained for some generations at Canterbury, in St. Mildred's
Parish. His son Thomas, who was Registrar of the Archdeaconry, was
buried there in 1604.
(20) ROBERT MARSH was appointed Rector of Ickham on the
12th of April 1554 by Queen Mary.
(21) HENRY LATHAM was rector in 1555.
(22) WILLIAM PYAT, "parson of Ickham," was buried
here 21st of September 1568.
(23) SAMUEL HARLESTONE was admitted to this benefice by
Archbishop Parker on the 2nd of Nov. 1568, and held it for the long
period of forty-eight years. By his will, made in 1616, he bequeathed
£20 to the poor of the parish, to be so invested as to provide for
distributing twenty shillings per annum.
(24) WILLIAM KINGSLEY, S.T.P., Fellow of All Souls, Oxford,
and rector of Great Chart, which he resigned for Ickham, succeeded
Harlestone. He was
collated to this rectory on the 25th of January
1616-7 by Archbishop Abbot, whose niece, Damaris Abbot, became his wife.
By her he had sixteen children. He was appointed Archdeacon of
Canterbury in 1619, and retained these preferments for more than a
quarter of a century. He was also Rector of Saltwood with Hythe. On the
29th of January 1647-8 he died, and was buried in the Cathedral, where
in 1614 he had succeeded Isaac Casaubon in the eighth stall, which he
held for twenty-nine years. His daughter Ann, widow of John Boys, became
the third wife of Sir Richard Head of Rochester, whose grandchildren
passed their childhood and youth in Ickham, at Lee Priory; Sir Richard's
great-grandson, Sir John Head, became Rector of Ickham and Archdeacon of
Canterbury. Archdeacon Kingsley witnessed the beginning of the troublous
times of the Rebellion. One of the numerous petitions sent up to
Parliament in May 1643 alleges that Archbishop Kingsley preached
poisonous doctrine in Ickham Church. Parliament, he was alleged to have
said, sat for nothing but to undo the kingdom; and the laity were not
all competent to search the Scriptures.