Thomas Batten, Parish Clerk at St James Church Bream for 53 years
Thomas Batten 1824-1900 pictured outside Bream Vicarage.
At the time of his death in 1900, the office of parish clerk of Bream had been in the hands of the Battens since 1791.
Thomas Batten's grandfather who died in 1833 at the age of 79 years held the office for 42 years and at his demise George Batten his son who died in 1847 was appointed, and he held the post for 14 years.
Thomas Batten held the office for 53 years, so that the family of Batten had been doing duty for St James's parish for 109 years.
More information on the Batten family can be found at http://www.sheppardfamily.net/fh/batten
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