Andrew Ramsey Wilmot Seton

Rev Seton

The Reverend Seton served the parish from 1883 to 1887.  He was born in Sussex and attended Pembroke College Oxford.  Upon graduating he took the post of vicar at Chumleigh Devon. It was during the Reverend Seton’s incumbency at Stowupland that the first Flower Show, then known as the cottagers show, was held in 1886, an event that was to become a high point in the social calendar of the village over the next 90 years. Seton was its first president and gave much assistance in organizing the show. While he was here the vicar was married in 1884 and the newspaper reported that “Wednesday was quite a red-letter day in the history of Stowupland, as it was the day on which the Rev. A. R. W. Seton and his bride returned to the parish after their honeymoon. In order that the return should be appropriately commemorated, a small Committee was formed. Early in the morning, two triumphal arches were erected — one at the Crown Farm, the other at the Vicarage gates. The parishioners also hung out flags and banners from their houses, so that the village had quite a festive appearance, nearly the whole village turned out to meet them, the Board school children sang ” Home, Sweet Home,” and willing hands drew the rev. gentleman and his bride to the Vicarage, where an address of welcome was read by Mr. Stearn.”

Although his time in Stowupland was short Seton seems to have been well thought of as on his departure for a living in Sussex the newspaper reported that “The inhabitants of this parish were determined that he should carry with him a lasting tribute of their esteem and affection, he having…., greatly endeared himself”. A large number of parishioners assembled on the lawn at The Vicarage and a testimonial consisted of a library clock was presented along with an inscribed silver hot-water jug.

The Reverend Seton died in 1911.

(Neil Longridge 2021)

1885/6 he served on Stowupland’s National School Board with Robert Boby (Chair), Henry Fairfax Harwood (Hon Clerk), Edwin Pyman and William Noble .