The Reverend’s Rebuke
Correspondence Arising Out Of The Circumstance Of The Rev. Thos. Wilkinson’s Sudden Removal From The Curacy Of Attenborough Cum Bramcote After A Servitude Of Nearly Half A Century
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Everything was going well for the Reverend Thomas Wilkinson, hardworking curate of Attenborough-with-Bramcote, until a letter landed on his doorstep on May 26th 1835.
Where do you go for redress when your good name has been trampled through the mud and you think you know the real reason why you have been so ill-served? Mr Wilkinson believed he knew it. But would any of his persecutors admit the truth?
The delicious correspondence Thomas Wilkinson preserved stands testimony to the parlous state of the Church at a time when absentee vicars lived very well, curates were at the bottom of the pile, and voices in Parliament were pressing for reform.
He is buried in the churchyard of Bramcote’s Old Church Tower and remembered too at the parish church of All Saints, Kirk Hallam, where he held the living from 1801-1841.