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Rector

The Reverend Canon Andrew Holliday

Andrew Holliday, Rector of Standish St Wilfrid’s since 2011, was made a Canon of Blackburn Cathedral in September 2012. He was formally Vicar of St Peter’s Darwen.

The Revd. Canon Andrew Holliday

Born in 1962, Andrew was selected for Ordination and went to St Stephen’s House in 1989, following a nine year career in catering. In 1992 he was ordained into the Blackburn Diocese, and served curacies in Blackpool and Poulton-le-Fylde. His first Incumbency was at St James’ Leyland from 1997 to 2004, and he was Area Dean from 2002 to 2004. In 2004 Andrew was appointed to the Team Ministry of St Peter’s Darwen with St Paul’s Hoddlesden.

In 1997 Andrew married Vanessa, who is a Civil Servant. Vanessa played cricket for Lancashire, then coached women’s cricket, and now scores locally and nationally.

Andrew’s interests are, when time allows, cooking, history – especially biographies, visiting the Lake District, and sharing in the glories of the beautiful building that Andrew along with all at St Wilfrid’s have a share in caring for.

Asst Priest

The Rev’d Cath Martlew

Hon Asst Clergy

The Rev’d Barry Whitehead

The Rev’d David Long

 Past Rectors of the Parish of Standish

The first known Rector was Alexander de Standish, 1206; though there may have been Rectors before that date. In total there have been only forty-two Rectors in almost eight hundred years (and just nine of those were in the 225 years from 1779).

Here is a list of Rectors (i = institution date, f = first mentioned (institution date not known), r = reinstated):

  • 1206 : Alexander de Stanedis f
  • 1250 : Sir Edward f
  • 1253 : Hugh de Standish f
  • 1270 : Sir Henry de Standish f
  • 1275 : Sir William de Heywood f
  • 1275 : Robert de Haydock f
  • 1301 : Henry le Waleys i
  • 1339 : William de Burleigh i
  • 1358 : Gilbert de Standish i
  • 1396 : Alexander de Standish i
  • 1422 : John Roscoe i
  • 1424 : John Spink f
  • 1424 : Roger Standish i
  • 1478 : Alexander Fairclough i
  • 1482 : Henry Pendlebury i
  • 1483 : Thomas Radcliffe i
  • 1522 : Roger Standish i
  • 1535 : Henry Standish, Bishop f
  • 1535 : Peter Bradshaw i
  • 1541 : Richard Standish i
  • 1552 : Thomas Thornton i
  • 1552 : William Cliffe f
  • 1559 : Richard Moody i
  • 1586 : William Leigh i
  • 1639 : John Chadwick i
  • 1645 : Ralph Brideoak i
  • 1649 : Paul Lathom f
  • 1660 : Ralph Brideoak, D.D. r
  • 1678 : William Haydock i
  • 1713 : William Turton i
  • 1723 : John Johnson i
  • 1724 : Thomas Pilgrim i
  • 1760 : Edward Smalley i
  • 1779 : Richard Perryn i
  • 1826 : Willian Green Orrett i
  • 1841 : William Harper Brandreth i
  • 1886 : Charles William Newton Hutton i
  • 1938 : Walter Samuel Mellor i
  • 1956 : Charles Edward Bramley i
  • 1981 : Bernard Geoffrey Moore i
  • 1988 : Paul Kenneth Warren i
  • 2002 : Michael Everitt i
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