Frederick Vander Meulen

The following information has been extracted from a number of sources including Alumni Cantabrigienses.

Frederick Vander Meulen was born on 5 April 1812. He was the eldest son of Frederick Vander Meulen of Bishop's Stortford and his wife Rachel, the daughter of William Thompson of Bath.

Frederick was educated at Felsted school, and entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1830. He was awarded the degree of B.A. in 1835 and that of M.A. in 1838.

Frederick was ordained Deacon in 1836 and Priest in 1837, and served as a Curate of St Mary's, Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire until 1841. In 1838 he married Georgiana Martha, the elder daughter of Samuel Baldwin Harrison.

Frederick was installed as Rector of St Bartholomew's, Bow cum Broad Nymet in Devon in 1841, a benefice of which he was subsequently to purchase the patronage. The Church of St Bartholomew, previously dedicated to St Martin, is believed to have been built in the fourteenth Century by the decedents of William de Tracey to show remorse for his actions as one of the four knights that murdered Archbishop Thomas Beket in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170.

Frederick resigned from the Rectory of Bow cum Broad Nymet and was collated to that of Thorley on 13 January 1853. He remained at Thorley until his death on 28 September 1882, aged 70. Georgiana died on 2 February 1897, aged 80.

Frederick and Georgiana are buried in the Churchyard of St James the Great, Thorley.

Philip Hargrave
January 2012


Return to St James' Rectors