Rev. Thomas Dockwra (1676-1719)

The signature of Rev. Dockwra taken from St Mary the Virgin registers of 1718.

Rev. Dockwra was born in 1676 at Cherry Hinton, Cambridge where he was baptised on 12th September that year. His parents were Ralph Dockwra & Anne, nee Peachy.

Thomas achieved his B.A. at Peterhouse College, Cambridge and was ordained as a deacon on 18th September 1697 at Norwich Cathedral Church. He was ordained as a priest on 25th May 1700, also at Norwich and became a Reader at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth.

He was employed as a schoolmaster at Gorleston Grammar School on 14th September 1706 and as a curate and schoolmaster at Oulton, Suffolk at the same time.

He became a curate covering both Hemsby and Martham on 5th October 1716 and continued in that role until 1718 when on 19th April that year he was appointed as the Rector at Clippesby, Norfolk.

Drawing of St Peter, Clippesby c1820

Thomas died on 27th August 1719 at Clippesby and was buried in the chancel at St Mary the Virgin, Martham.

Sources: Appointment information courtesy of the: Clergy of the Church of England Database at https://theclergydatabase.org.uk

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