Rev W H Draper (1855-1933)

William Henry Draper was Vicar of Weare for 3 years from 1930 - 1933.  He was formerly Master of Temple Church, London for 10 years.  He composed about 60 hymns; most famous of these is his translation of "All Creatures of our God and King". 

Thanks to documents kept by Jeffery Burnett Ham, and his son, we have a copy of the text of an illuminated address to Rev W H Draper, MA, on his retirement from Weare Church. The Address was headed up with an illustration of Weare Church Tower.

Dated : Easter 1933

The subscribed parishioners of Weare wish to express their deep regret at your departure from their midst and their sincere appreciation of your kind and benevolent services during your term of office as their Vicar and faithful friend.

They esteem your ever-ready, willing and generous help - so pleasantly rendered - in necessitous cases, and your stay among them - though but three years - will ever be green in their memories.

In asking your kind acceptance of this address - as a small token of their love and respect for you - they very earnestly wish that God may graciously spare you for some time to enjoy your well-earned rest.

Yours, very sincerely,

Names follow     (unfortunately names were not attached to this document)

We also have the  press notice of Rev Draper's appointment as Vicar of Weare, and his obituary in The Times.  Click here to see the Notice and Obituary.   The obituary states somewhat ambiguously "Though it cannot be said that in London he added to his reputation as a preacher, he was personally beloved for his singled minded goodness and sympathetic character."

Note: Rev Wm H. Draper had lost a daughter, Angela Lucy in  February 1903, his second wife, Emilie Augusta on 12 August 1913 and all three of his sons in the war. He and two daughters, Mary Christabel Draper (bur Adel Churchyard) & Hester M (1901 census) the wife of Sir Thomas Armstrong, were all that remained. It is known that for a short time during the war Rev. Draper moved out of the Rectory which he let to a young army officer a brother to Alan Don, at one time Dean of Westminster, to live in the coachman's room above the entrance hall to the Old Stables. For the last two years of the war he is joined by a John Godfrey Draper, believed to be a younger brother. In 1920 the Rev Draper left Adel to take up a position as Master of Temple Church, London (12th Century church of the Knights Templar as featured in the Da Vinci Code, book and film). This was near to where his daughter lived. He met and then married one of her friends and had a further son. A grandson, Lord Armstrong, was Chancellor of Hull University.

[an addition to the above states that there was a fourth son, who was gassed in the war but survived; he died in 1972]

 

 

 

 

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