Harold Smith (50) Harold Smith was born at Fernside in the village of Havering-atte-Bower, then an adjunct to Romford in Essex, on 17th January,1867.




He was listed at the same address in the census of 1871 and 1881.


He was educated at Irpen Hill, near Havering-atte-Bower, where the Rev. J Gooday was headmaster, and at King’s College, London.


He went to St John’s College, Cambridge on 1st May, 1886 as the Naden Divinity Student and Scholar.


He graduated with First Class Honours in 1889 in a Classic Tripos. He continued to study and in 1890 he was awarded a Carus Greek Testament Prize and a First Class in the Theological Tripos (Pt. II). In 1891 he was awarded the Jeremie Septuagint Prize. He was a Crosse scholar in 1892 and was awarded his MA in 1893.


He had become a Deacon in Ely in1891. He was ordained a Priest in 1892.


He was appointed Curate of St Matthews, Cambridge between 1891 and 1894.


He was Chaplain and censor at Kings College, London between 1894 and 1897.


In 1897 he was made Curate of Grimley in Worcestershire, a post he held until 1906.


In 1906 Harold transferred to St James, Curtain Road, Shoreditch in East London where he was Curate. He also became a lecturer at the London College of Divinity. He remained Curate until 1911. He was promoted to Tutor between 1919 and 1930


In 1918 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of London.


In 1930 Harold was admitted as a Fellow to King’s College, University of London and he was living at St John’s Hall, Highbury, N5 in 1925.




He died in his bed in Fernside, Havering-atte-Bower on 1st April, 1936.

He was found by his sister who had brought him a cup of morning tea.





         Chelmsford Chronicle 3rd April, 1936


         Chelmsford Chronicle 10th April 1936


In addition to writing a 292 page “History of the Parish of Havering-atte-Bower, Essex” published in 1925 (I have located a copy!) he also published “Ante Nicene Exegesis Of The Gospels” in six volumes in 1925 and an “Ecclesiastical History of Essex Under the Long Parliament and Commonwealth” in 1932.




He assisted at the wedding of Jessie Margaret Smith (19)


Harold never married.





                   The Mill at Aythorpe Roding