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Previous lists of ministers have been published in Manning and Bray (1804-14), Thompson (1910), and Worley (1905): for these and other publications, see the Reading List on this website. The notes below derive from lists and transcriptions prepared for this website, as well as from standard sources including Venn, Foster, and the 'new' ODNB.  Most if not all of these sources are available on the web, though ODNB and may require a license, or may charge for access.

In addition to this alphabetical list, there is a sequential table of ministers. 

Sources cited:
Token Books
Vestry 1, Vestry 2
Gov (Free Grammar School Governors' Book)
External sources:
The Parish Registers (baptisms, marriages, burials) are accessible through
Ath: Anthony a Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, 3rd ed. Philip Bliss, 4 vols (1813)
ODNB: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols. (2004)
Venn: Alumni Cantabrigienses (1922-6)
Foster: Alumni Oxonienses (1891-2)
Additional Resources:
Clergy of the Church of England Database


St Saviour Parish had authorization for two ministers at any given time, neither considered superior to the other. In contemporary documents of the parish, 'minister' is used more or less interchangeably with 'chaplain', 'clerk', 'curate', 'lecturer', 'parson', and 'preacher'. The parish clerk, especially when carrying the additional title of 'deacon', might carry out minor ministerial duties. Some schoolmasters wished to perform ministerial duties, perhaps in hopes of using their post as a stepping-stone toward ordination, but were generally discouraged or forbidden from doing so.


James Archer, 1614 to 1641:
Vestry 2: chosen 21 March 1613/14.  in place of Tickner.  Thereafter frequently in the minutes, often because of his 'sickness and present weakness', which lasted many years. 
Mentioned in the wills of William Hovell (1615), John Goffe (1616), Philip Henslowe (1616), William Benfield (1619), Ann Russell (1619), Joan Hovell (1620), Jane Mayhew (1623), Grace Bromfield (1624), William Ward (1624), Edward Smith (1626), Samuel Bridges (1630), Marcus Stone (1632), Thomas Foster (1633), John Hall (1633), Thomas Ackland (1634), Paul Micklethwaite (1635), Samuel Simons (1635), Katherine Yearwood (1635), Nicholas Newton (1636), Jeremy Crew (1637), John Sedgwick (1638), John Watts (1638), Elizabeth Grubb (1638), and Richard Dowdswell (1639). 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1618-40 ('minister'). 
Wardens: from 4 September 1614 to 1627. 
Gov: 1624, 1626 (signature), 1629, 1631, 1635. 
Buried 11 May 1641 (parish register). 
Venn (James I or James II): both were students at Christ's College, Cambridge, one receiving his M.A. in 1605, the other in 1608.   

Samuel Bolton, 1641 to 1646:
Mentioned in the wills of William Sledd (1645) and William George (1646). 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1641 ('minister'). 
Gov: 1643 (signature). 
Married to Mary Cotton 20 June 1646 (parish register). 
His Will: proved 2 February 1668/9. 
Venn: admitted Christ's College, Cambridge, 1625. 
ODNB: categorized as 'Church of England clergyman and college head'. Master of Christ's College, Cambridge, 1645-54; still called 'minister of St. Saviour's' in 1646.  

Thomas Butler, 1643 to 1649:
Mentioned in the wills of Richard Dowdswell (1639), Francis Grove (1643), James Cuthbert (1644), William Sledd (1645), William George (1646), and Richard Bennett (1648). 
Subsidy Roll 1642 'minister'. 
Gov: 1643 (signature). 
Venn: admitted Christ's College, Cambridge, 1632.   

William Butterton, 1598/9 to July 1605:
Vestry 2: appointed minister 21 February 1598/9; his departure mentioned 2 March 1605; his return mentioned 12 March 1605; his final departure on 3 July 1605
Several of his children baptized 1600-5 ('minister and preacher') and buried 1601-3 (parish register). 
Mentioned in the wills of John Claybrook (1599), Thomas Brampton (1600), William Phillips (1600), Thomas Iremonger (1601), and Jeffrey Polson (1605). 
Venn: matriculated St John's College, Cambridge, 1581.   

Mr Church, 1604/5 to 1605:
Vestry 2: preferred over 'Mr Erburry' 2 March 1604/5
Note: no further information has been found on either Church or Erburry (Earbury?). Could Erburry be an error for Marberrye (see preceding entry)?  

John Crodacott/Cradacott, 1651(?) to 1662:
Baptism of a child 1651 (Cradacott, 'one of our ministers'). 
Venn (Crodacot): matriculated Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1641; ejected from St Saviour 1662. 
The following was published in 1655 (Wing C6964): The vanity and mischief of making earthly, together with the necessity and benefit of making heavenly treasures our chiefe treasure opened in a sermon at Mary Spittle, before the Right Honorable the Lord Major and court of aldermen, of the city of London, and divers worthy citizens at their solemn anniversarie meeting, on Tuesday in Easter Week, being the 17 of Aprill 1655. / By John Crodacott, preacher of Gods word at Saviours Southwark, and Sepulchres London  

Melchizedec Frauncis, 1605 to 1610:
Vestry 2: appointed 29 May 1605 ('in Mr. Butterton's place'); in 17 September 1606 his house is 'visited'; mentioned 9 November 1607 as 'minister'; mentioned 25 January 1609/10; mention on 13 November 1610 of the house 'wherein Mr. Frauncis late dwelt'. 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1606-10, 1612. 
Wardens: 1607-8 7 June 1607. 
Mentioned in the wills of John Payne (3) (1608), Anthony Smith (1609), and William Cownden (1610). 
Venn: admitted Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; 1593; P.C. of All Hallows Staining, London, 1598-1607.   

John Hanson, 1585 to 1587/8:
Vestry 2: mentioned 21 May 1585; 25 September 1587 ('whether he shall be admitted'); 18 November 1587
Mentioned in the will of William Cox (1586). 
Buried 29 January 1587/8 (parish register).   

Richard Harman/Harmon, 1565 to 1585:
Vestry 1: Mr 'Harmon' chosen to be our 'minister' on 22 July 1565; asked to bring in 'a curate' on 4 September 1568; called 'our curate' on 16 November 1579
Vestry 2: mentioned 18 June 1583 as Harman/Harmon. 
Mentioned in the wills of Humphrey Collett (1567), John Mainford (1567), Ann Freeman (1568), Robert Dorrell (1569), Edward Osborn (1572), Robert Fielding (1573), William Emerson (1575), Nicholas Martin (1576), Andrew Bowyer (1577), Thomas Atkinson (1) (1578), Agnes Addinson (1579), William Smith (1580), and John Dunstall (1582). 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1578-84 (as Mr 'Harman'); his widow Margery, 1585-1605. 
Buried 11 August 1585 (parish register).   

Robert Harris, 1623 to 1624/5:
Vestry 2: chosen on 22 September 1623 and 22 October 1623 to replace Sutton, being a bachelor of divinity of Magdalen College, Oxford.  On 29 September 1623 a consideration of 'whether he would stay with us'.  On 5 January 1625 he found himself unable to take up the post for lack of a dispensation from the bishop. 
Foster: matriculated Magdalen Hall, Oxford, 1597. 
ODNB: categorized as 'college head'. Harris's brief residence at St Saviour is not noted. He served as President of Trinity College, Oxford, 1648-58.   

James Hollyland, 1564/5 to 1565:
Vestry 1: appointed 'minister' on 7 January 1564/5 to replace Walter Kelley.  Recognized as 'our minister' on 26 March 1565 on condition of bishop's approval and sufficiency of voice.  Salary paid to Mrs Hollyland on 22 July 1565, possibly because he had died in the interim.  

Walter Kelly, 1561 to January 1564/5:
Vestry 1: on 2 January 1564/5 cited for refusing to wear surplice while administering communion; given notice.  On 7 January 1564/5 replaced by Hollyland. 
Mentioned in the wills of John Garland (1561), and John Blackett, parish clerk (1563).   

Francis Marberrye, 1601/2 to 1603:
Vestry 2: chosen over Mr Smythe 16 February 1601/2; by 9 May 1603 he had not yet taken up residence (replacement would be Snape); 15 December 1603 called 'late lecturer here'. 
Forename supplied by Seaver.
Venn: Francis Marbury or Merbury, matriculated Christ's College, Cambridge, 1571.  Extremely varied career.   

Paul Micklethwaite, 1625 to 1627:
Vestry 2: considered for an appointment on 21 January 1624/5; appointed on 4 February 1624/5; last mentioned on 31 December 1627. 
Wardens: 13 Jan 1625/6 and subsequently in 1626. 
Will: proved 22 April 1640. 
Gov: 1626 (signature). 
Venn: admitted Caius College, Cambridge, 1606. 
ODNB: categorized as 'Church of England clergyman'. His brief residence at St Saviour is not noted. He became 'master [i.e. chief clergyman] of the Temple' [i.e. of Inner and Middle Temple].  'Micklethwaite is best remembered for his bequest to Sidney Sussex College [Cambridge] of his collection of Hebrew books, amounting to seventy-three volumes, virtually all of which survive.'  

Nicholas Morton, 1627 to 1640:
Vestry 2: mentioned 31 December 1627
Wardens: 1627. 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1626-39. 
Gov: 1630, 1635. 
Mentioned in the wills of Christopher Blundell (1628), Samuel Bridges (1630), Ann Camden (1630), Marcus Stone (1632), Thomas Foster (1633), John Hall (1633), Katherine Yearwood (1635), Nicholas Newton (1636), Jeremy Crew (1637), John Sedgwick (1638), Elizabeth Grubb (1638), and Richard Dowdswell (1639). 
Burials: Nicholas son of Nicholas Morton 'our Lecturer' buried 22 April 1634; wife buried 17 October 1635; more children buried 1639-40 ('Lecturer'); Nicholas Morton 'our lecturer' buried 14 August 1640 (parish register). 
His Will: proved 18 August 1640. 
Venn: admitted Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1612.   

Edward Phillips, 1588 to 1601/2:
Vestry 2: 22 June 1588, 7 August 1588 (as 'Edward'), 26 June 1589, 22 December 1589 (discussion of lectures), 10 April 1590, 20 April 1598 (Thursday lectures); 2 February 1602 (deceased). 
Married to Christian Bromfield 27 February 1589/90 (parish register). 
Mentioned in the wills of Robert Pinder (1589), Richard Dodson (1591), William Johnson (1594), Thomas Ratcliff (1598), and Thomas Brampton (1600). 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1597-1601. 
Buried (as 'preacher') 11 January 1601/2 (parish register). 
Foster: B.A. from Broadgates Hall, Oxford, 1597; see also Ath. i.739. 
Henry Yelverton, a puritan lawyer, published Phillips's sermons under the title Certaine godly and learned sermons: preached by that worthy seruant of Christ M. Ed. Philips, as they were deliuered by him in Saint Sauiors in Southwarke. And were taken by the pen of H. Yeluerton of Grayes Inne Gentleman, London: Printed by Richard Field for Cuthbert Burbie, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules church-yard at the signe of the Swanne, 1605. A second edition was published in 1607. See ODNB under Sir Henry Yelverton.  

Thomas Ratcliff, 1585 to 1598/9:
Vestry 2: mentioned 22 December 1589, 29 October 1598, 2 November 1598 and 11 December 1598; and 21 February 1598/9 as deceased. 
Mentioned in the wills of Mary Bird (1587), Richard Dodson (1591), Francis Bentham (1591), Arthur Bulman (1593), William Johnson (1594), Richard Bowmer (1594), and William Hinton (1596). 
His Will: proved 12 February 1598/9. 
Buried 6 Feb 1598/9 (parish register). 
Venn (under Radcliffe): admitted Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1572/3; chaplain at St Saviour 1585-99. 
ODNB: categorized as 'Church of England Clergyman'. Ratcliffe's A Short Summe of the Whole Catechisme ... for the greater ease of the common people and Children of Saint Saveries in South-warke. First gathered by Mr. Thomas Ratliffe Minister of Gods word in Saint Saveries in South-warke was published in 1619 with a dedication signed 'in South-warke the 22. of October Anno 1592'.  

Jerome Shepherd, 1583 to 1585:
Vestry 2: appointed 18 June 1583; mentioned 18 December 1583
Foster: (as Sheparde) matriculated Magdalen Hall, Oxford, 1571; to Wandsworth, Surrey, 1585.   

William Simonds/Symonds, 1605 to 1615/16:
Vestry 2: chosen 22 November 1605 as lecturer, replacing Snape.  In 12 December 1615 mentioned as 'departing from us'. 
Mentioned in the wills of Thomas Bentley (1605), George Bachelor (1608), John Payne (3) (1608), Anthony Smith (1609), William Cownden (1610), Richard Padge (1611), Elizabeth Flooks (1611), and Thomas Towne (1612). 
Children baptized/buried 1611-1613 (parish register). 
Mentioned in Token Books (see Mr Simonds) 1607 (& wife) and 1609. 
Wardens: 1607-15 'Preacher'; 'Mr Doctor'. 
Gov: 1612 (Simmons). 
Foster (Symons): matriculated Magdalen Hall, Oxford, 1571; preacher at St Saviour. See Ath. ii.142. 
ODNB: categorized as 'Church of England clergy-man and headmaster'. 
William Symonds, identified as 'our preacher' and Doctor of Divinity, was the father of two daughters: Elizabeth, baptized 7 November 1611, and Jane, baptized 25 November 1613. [He is to be distinguished from William Symonds, a 'man', buried 29 March 1613, whose widow Margaret is found in Token Books from 1613.] Symonds published, among other works, a sermon, and a description (complete with a map) promoting the settlement of Virginia, though he probably never went there himself.
Virginia. A sermon preached at White-Chappel, in the presence of many, honourable and worshipfull, the aduenturers and planters for Virginia. 25. April. 1609 Published for the benefit and vse of the colony, planted, and to bee planted there, and for the aduancement of their Christian purpose. By William Symonds, preacher at Saint Sauiors in Southwarke (1609).
A map of Virginia VVith a description of the countrey, the commodities, people, government and religion. VVritten by Captaine Smith, sometimes governour of the countrey. Whereunto is annexed the proceedings of those colonies, since their first departure from England, with the discourses, orations, and relations of the salvages, and the accidents that befell them in all their iournies and discoveries. Taken faithfully as they were written out of the writings of Doctor Russell. Tho. Studley. Anas Todkill. Ieffra Abot. Richard Wiefin. Will. Phettiplace. Nathaniel Povvell. Richard Pots. And the relations of divers other diligent observers there present then, and now many of them in England. By VV.S., At Oxford: Printed by Joseph Barnes (1612).
Hugh Smythe, 1582 to 1587?
Vestry 2: 'Mr Smythe the preacher' on 18 December 1583
Gov: 1582 (minister). 
Married to Julian Cawleye 10 December 1587 (parish register). 
Venn: matriculated St John's College, Cambridge, 1564/5 (identitification uncertain).   

Edmund Snape, 1603 to 1607/8:
Vestry 2: appointed 15 December 1603 to replace Edward Marberrye; named several times between then and 12 March 1605, when his departure is indicated. 
Mentioned in the wills of Charles Kellaway (1605) and Hugh Browker (1607). 
His Will: proved 9 July 1608. 
Mentioned in Token Books: 1605 (once only). 
Buried 21 March 1607/8 (parish register). 
Note: Probably same as 'Knapp'. 
Foster: B.A. St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 1581-2. 
Venn: incorporated M.A. from Oxford 1586 (Venn gives more information than Foster). 
ODNB: categorized as 'Church of England clergy-man and evangelical preacher'.   

James Style, 1578 to 1582:
Vestry 1: 'Mr Style the preacher' on 9 June 1578
Vestry 2: his recent departure implied ('in Mr Style's room') on 3 August 1582
Forename supplied by Seaver.
Resigned to become chaplain to Sir Philip Sidney.     

Thomas Sutton, 1614/15 to 1623:
Vestry 2: chosen 22 February 1614/15
Wardens: 1615-22. 
Mentioned in the wills of William Hovell (1615), John Treherne (1618), William Benfield (1619), Ann Russell (1619), Joan Hovell (1620), and Jane Mayhew (1623). 
Mentioned in Token Books: Mr/Dr/Mr Dr Thomas 1616-23; widow 1624-27. 
Married to Ellen Greene 7 February 1618/19 (parish register). 
Gov: mentioned as Mr. Sutton 23 February 1617/18. 
Foster: matriculated Queen's College, Oxford, 1602. 
ODNB (2nd of two namesakes): categorized as 'Church of England clergy-man'. Sutton's attack on plays in Englands Summons (1613) was answered by Nathan Field in an originally unpublished text which survives among the State Papers now at Kew. Sutton famously died by drowning 24 August 1623.   

William Tickner, 1610 to 1613/14:
Vestry 2: mentioned 6 August 1610, and thereafter until 21 February 1613/14, when he is said to be 'deceased'. 
Wardens: 1611-13. 
Mentioned in Token Books: complicated to 1616; widow 1617-20. 
Gov: 1612. 
Buried 20 Feb 1613/14 (parish register).   

Stephen Watkin/s, 1647(?) to 1662:
Baptism of a child 7 October 1647 ('one of our ministers'). 
Venn: matriculated Trinity College, Cambridge, 1632; ejected from St Saviour 1662.