Rev Ernest Julius PARKER 
- Born: 20 Oct 1872, Rowledge Farnham
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth May FORD  in 1908
- Died: 31 Jan 1942, Northampton NTH aged 69
Julius Jottings No 2 April 1900
Ernest Julius, born at Rowledge, October 20, 1872; educated at Rev. J Baker's, Winchester, 1883-85; Foundation Scholar of Marlborough College, 1886-91; Head of the House (Mitre), 1889-91; of "Penny Readings" Committee, 1890-91; Scholar of Brasenose College, Oxford, 1891-95; Member of Committee of the University Musical Union, 1893-95; represented it at Cambridge, 1892, 1894 and 1895; 2nd Class Classical Mods., 1893; 3rd Class Greats; and Graduated 1895; Oxford House, Autumn of 1895; Ordained (1895) at Chichester to Curacy of Westbourne Sussex; Curate of St John's Stamford Hill, North, October 1898.
Address: 39, Daleview Road, Stamford Hill.
Julius Jottings No 2 April 1900.
Ernest submitted a long article headed "Parish Work in North London.
". . . . . Sixty years ago the lonely fields of Stamford Hill were unsafe for travellers by night. 30 years ago wealthy city merchants resided on their estates in Clacton and Hornsey and Tottenham was a country town. Now everything is broken up and perpetual streets sprawl. . . . . it is the contribution of the G.E.R. to the solution of the terrible overcrowding problem; it brings out the labourers at the lowest rates where rents are less ruinous than in London. That is why hundreds of new houses rise every year. . . . .
And what about St John's, (Stamford Hill) Parish where I have worked for some 18 months . . . . . our little flock of labourers, odd job men, clerks, mixed up with a good sprinkling of middle-class, amounting roughly to about 10,000 souls. . . . . The Vicar classes his parishioners in to sets - the poor, and the very poor . . . . . Upper class, we have none. . . . . St John's Church holds 700 people. . . . . also a Mission building. . . . . Each have three services every Sunday and we have a staff of three clergy and now also a lay reader. We don't of course fill them fall though we do fairly well. . . . . Weddings . . . . . on occasions there are usually from 6 to 10 couples in rows and all married at once. The ceremony takes place at 9:15 a.m. If you have is any later, some of the guests mightn't be in the right frame of mind . . . . . the congregation is considerable, we have a great reputation for strictness Clergy Churchwardens and Verger dragoon them. . . . . arrange them. . . . . drive them into corners . . . . . take their hats off. One of our factory girls has passed into a proverb. She was going to take her bloke like anyone else for better for worse; but when she came to specifying the time, she and amended the marriage service, from this day forward, to, for this day fortnight, but it couldn't be allowed to pass."
He outlines his week taking choir practice, the Lads Brigade, Sunday school, teachers classes, a Debating Society Choral Society practice, as well as Services. There are three Clergy. He describes the ladies at Miss Wallers Factory Girls Club as "extremely lively and full of original sin". The Sunday school has 60 teachers.
Ernest continues: "perhaps I have drawn the bright side of the picture. There is a dark side as well, especially in dealing with individuals; we often seem to make little way; we fail oftener than we succeed. And our own people are apt to fall out with each other in the most idiotic way. . . . . I believe that in many parishes in North London the Church of England is doing a great and effectual work, and I can wish the gentle readers of this magazine no better fate than to find occupation as interesting, and possibly is similar to, my own
Ernest Julius Parker
39 Daleview Rd
Stamford Hill N.
Julius Jottings No 2 April 1900.
St John's, Stamford Hill. Rummage sale early in May, to wipe off debt on the Church of L50. Wanted - all remnants of housecleaning is, all old clothes, boots, etc., thankfully received by the Rev E. J. Parker also, if any kind friends have in-patient letters for any of the London hospitals or for Convalescent Homes, we have many applications for them. Address, Rev E. J. Parker, 39 Daleview Road, Stamford hill, N.
Julius Jottings. No 7 April 1902.
The Rev E. J. Parker, Curate at St . . . . . Church, Stamford Hill, is about to resign his curacy, as he starts in May for the Cape en route for Bulawayo, where he will work under Bishop Gaul of Mashonaland. In the meanwhile he is getting up a little knowledge of medicine and surgery at the hospital. His London parish deeply regret losing him.
Ernest returned to England in 1932, and was given the living of Winwick Rugby.
Parker the Rev Ernest Julius of the Rectory Winwick near Rugby clerk died 31 January 1942 at St Andrews Hospital Northampton Probate Llandudno 10 April to Alfred Julius Stevens solicitor. Effects L1914 1s 6d
Ref: National Probate Calendar
Image Courtesy McKillop Family Tree Ancestry.
Ernest suffered from senility at his end, a family trai
t - Roy Waight
1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Rowledge Vicarage Farnham HAM. Ernest is recorded as a son aged 8 a scholar born Rowledge.
2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Rowledge Vicarage Binsted E Hants. Ernest is described as a son aged 18 single a scholar born Binsted
Ernest married Elizabeth May FORD  [MRIN: 335] in 1908. (Elizabeth May FORD  was born on 11 Nov 1887 in Hoxton MDX.)