Descendant of Uckfield’s first rector hopes to visit ancestor’s memorial

A descendant of Uckfield’s first rector, the Rev Edward Cardale, is hoping to come to town to see a memorial to his ancestor.

The descendant, who is ordained himself and shares the rector’s name, read about his ancestor’s Uckfield history on the Uckfield News website.


Uckfield’s first rector the Rev Edward Thomas Cardale, 1810-1893. A recently-restored monument built in his memory can be seen at the Victoria Pleasure Ground.

The present day Edward Cardale, who lives in Hertfordshire, didn’t know anything about the Uckfield Edward Cardale – who was born in 1810 and died in 1893 – at the time of his own ordination in 1974.

He said he was very interested to read about the monument on Uckfield News and about his ancestor’s controversial history and planned to do a little more research himself.

The Cardale monument was recently restored and moved to a new site at the Victoria Pleasure Ground.


The Cardale monument at Victoria Pleasure Ground which was built as a memorial to the Rev Edward Thomas Cardale, Uckfield’s first rector. This picture was taken by Derek Tourle Memorial Masons who restored the monument.

The inscription on it reads:

Erected by inhabitants of Uckfield in memory of Rev E.T. Cardale
Late Rector of the Parish
April 1894.

Photograph of the opening of the Cardale Monument, via Mick Harker

Photograph of the opening of the Cardale Monument, via Mick Harker.

The current Mr Cardale has a photograph of his ancestor and shares it above. He also has a teapot given to the rector by a previous parish with an inscription which reads:

Presented to the Revd Edward Thomas Cardale
Vicar of Podington Bedfordshire
as a small Testimony of affection and Gratitude
by Mr and Mrs W.A. Orlebar
of Hinwick Hall
April 1854


The present day Edward Cardale with teapot presented to his ancestor.

The Hertfordshire Mr Cardale says his Cardale relations more recently have been in the navy and his Cardale grandparents lived in North Cornwall for many years.

They carefully kept the teapot which was bequeathed to his grandfather.


A close-up of the inscription on the teapot.

Today’s Mr Cardale says there is much more written about the Uckfield rector’s brother, John Bate Cardale, who became a leader of “a strange religious movement” outside the Church of England, the Catholic Apostolics, and who was the father of seven sons and seven daughters.

Mick Harker, chairman of Uckfield Preservation Society, which researched the Cardale memorial at the time it was to be restored has since discovered more about Uckfield’s first rector.

He says the Holy Cross Church was rebuilt in 1839 but the curate in charge (a relation of Richard Streatfeild) remained in post until 1863 when Edward Cardale appeared. (Source: Around Uckfield p61 a UDPS publication)

Mick also did a Google search and found the following on the UCL website:

“Edward Thomas Cardale baptised at St Andrew Holborn 26/04/1810, son of William and Mary Ann Cardale [nee Bennet[t], grand-daughter and co-heir of Francis Say].

“Admitted to Gray’s Inn, 24/04/1833.

“Married Sarah Russell 02/04/1834 at York. In 1841 the couple were living at Podington Bedfordshire, where he was Rector; in 1881 and 1891 Edward Thomas Cardale widower was at Uckfield.

“Will of Reverend Edward Thomas Cardale of Belmont Uckfield Sussex who died 12/02/1893 proved 20/04/1893, effects £96650 6s 1d, resworn December 1894 £97023 4s 2d. (just over £12m in today’s money)

“Author of religious pamphlets, and editor of the New Testament for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in 1884.

“Children.  At least two daughters and one son.”

Mick also said: “It is interesting to read Grays Inn references as (again from Google) his name crops up several times carrying out weddings at Grays Inn for several notable people of the time.”

Edward died in Uckfield February 16,1893, aged 82  and his wife Sarah  on June 11, 1877, according to the burial records.

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