THRING, Godfrey. b. Alford, Somerset, 25 March 1823; d. Shamley Green, near Guildford, Surrey, 13 September 1903. He was the third son of the rector and squire (sometimes called the ‘squarson’) of the village. His elder brother Edward was an outstanding headmaster of Uppingham, a leading independent school, and joint compiler of the Hymn Book for the use of Uppingham and Sherborne Schools (1874). Godfrey was educated at Shrewsbury School and in 1841 entered Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 1845. He was ordained (deacon 1846, priest 1847) and held a number of curacies (Stratfield-Turgis, 1845-50, Stratfield-Saye, 1850-53, Euston, Norfolk, 1856-57, Arborfield, Berkshire, 1857-8), before...
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