Rev Charles TRUMBULL L.L.D. 
- Born: Abt 1646
- Marriage (1): Anna RICH  about 1680
- Died: 4 Jan 1723/24, Edwardstone SFK aged about 78
- Buried: 10 Jan 1723/24, Chancel Hadleigh Church SFK
Charles Trumbull the 5th son of William of East Hampstead Park BRK and was born about 1645 no record of his baptism or place of birth has been found.
Trumbull Charles, son of William, of East Hampstead, Berkshire, gent. (arm. in 1666). Christ Church, matric, 1 April 1664, aged 18, BA 1667, BCL 1670; DCL from All Souls College, 1677; incorporated at Cambridge 1679; rector of Stisted, Essex, 1679, and of Hadleigh, Suffolk, 1679; brother of William 1655, and Ralph,. See Fosters Index Ecclesiasticus.
Oxford University Alumni.
Charles had become Domestic Chaplain to Archbishop Sancroft, and was by him presented to the living's of Stisted & Hadleigh in 1679. At the death of Archbishop Sancroft 1693, Charles had the high honour of administering the most solemn rite of their religion, to his departing patron.
About 1679 He appears to have resigned his Fellowship at All Souls and to have incurred the displeasure of the
Archbishop of Canterbury, on account of some informalities, which attended his resignation. See following letter.
Hadleigh, ye 20 Nov. 1680.
Dear Sir, I had not so soon troubled you with an answer to your letter, had it not been to clear myself of what is objected against me in it ; and it is my Ld's displeasure against me in ye management of All Souls busenesse in wch I think myself so wholly guiltlesse and innocent y I am still in ye dark and at a losse to know how in any ye least particular my carriage can be blamed : for besides I quitted ye power of resigning and suffered myself perfectly in obedience to my Ld' s Comands to be turned out of my Fellowship, and y l too against my own opinion in ye case, and against ye frequent practise of ye Colledg, I have ever since given over all thoughts of yt concern ; and never in ye least troubled myself about it, scarcely so much as to enquire how it succeeded. As to my Br ' s behaviourf I can say nothing. I do believe he would justify himself if called upon j and if not, I hope I may be innocent where he is guilty, and that his faults shall not be added to mine : y* right you say I transmitted to him was a promise of recomending a successor to ye Colledg, that he should make choice of, just after my entrance into ye Society ; and wch I had often repeated to him long before I ever had ye honor and happiness to wait upon my Ld and this I did partly out of gratitude in requitall to ye kindnesse he did me, and partly as ye most innocent way to avoid those very temptations wch I heard had prevailed over others. I must confess that I would willingly have punctually performed my promise, but my Ld made me incapable of doing it, and so I was forcd to satisfy and content myself without it. "What has been done besides I have had no hand in, and therefore I hope shall not be calld to answer ; and what I had done before could not possibly be a contempt to my Ld' s authority, or any waye give him an offence. I cannot think it proper to write to my Lord, except I first know ye particulars of my fault, and y* my Ld would require an account from me. My Br I am confident would fully acquit me, and if there has been any miscarriage he must take it upon himself. This is Saturday, and so you may presume I am not in a little hast, wch you will excuse, and if you afterwards desire satisfaction in any particulars, would be sure to direct it to you at large. Eemember my most humble duty to my Lord ; my service to all my friends. My mother and wife give you and ye rest their hearty respects. I am, your most assured and real! friend,
Hadleigh Church Plate.
Dr. Trumbull, gave an almsdish in 1686.
Charles was ejected from his living 26 Mar 1691, for refusing to swear allegiance to the Prince of Orange when he became William III. However the Rector of nearby Cockfield Mr Fiske enabled Charles to continue unofficially and generously returned the emoluments to Charles who continued to work and reside amongst his flock.
When Fiske died in 1708 Charles retired to the home of his father-in-law New House in Edwardstone. The closest intimacy appears to have been kept up between the widowed father and his daughter Laurentia, after she had married, for all her children were baptized in Hadleigh up to 1709, but he would outlive her.
Ref: Hugh Pigot on Hadleigh 1863
Suffolk Institute of Archaeologhy Vol. 3, 1857. Account of Dr. Charles Trumbull Rector of Stystead Essex and Hadley Suffolk Chaplain to Archbishop Sancroft
Alstoniana Pg 364.
St Mary, Hadleigh
Hadleigh is one of those pleasant, if rather self-important, Suffolk towns, whose remoteness from other places of any size makes it a microcosm of bigger towns - the factories, shops and housing estates all to scale. Its centrality in this part of Suffolk gave it the headquarters of Babergh District Council in 1974, despite the fact that the greatest part of the population of the district live in the Sudbury conurbation and the southern suburbs of Ipswich. The headquarters building is one of the most successful vernacular designs in England, by William Sindall Associates.
If Hadleigh is small, however, St Mary is not. This is one of the grand Suffolk churches, the only big one with a medieval spire; indeed, the only proper wood and lead spire in the county. It was built in the 14th century, and the exterior bell, a 1280 clock bell doubling as a sanctus bell, is Suffolk's oldest. The aisles, clerestory and chancel head eastwards of it, for my money equalling Lavenham in their sense of the substantial. It is one of the longest churches in Suffolk.
To the south west of the church stands the famous Hadleigh Deanery, a gorgeous red brick Tudor gateway to the now demolished medieval Deanery. It was at this Deanery in July 1833 that the meeting was held that gave birth to the Oxford Movement, which went on to change the face of Anglican churches forever. It is no exaggeration to say that the modern Church of England was born in this building.
The gateway has been filled in for accomodation most successfully, and there is a good Victorian extension northwards. The Rector here, in one of those anachronisms so beloved of the CofE, is styled 'Dean of Bocking'. Bocking is a village in Essex, and the living is in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury, so Hadleigh Rectors are installed in Canterbury Cathedral.
Back on Planet Earth, the south side of the graveyard is taken up by the former guild hall, and on the fourth side there is a scattering of excellent 18th and 19th century municipal and commercial buildings. With the possible exception of the Bury churches, it is the best setting of any urban church in Suffolk.
Hadleigh was one of the great Cloth towns, like Lavenham a centre for merchants rather than factories (most of the work was farmed out to self-employed weavers, quite literally a cottage industry). The wealth of those days built the church, particularly the fine 15th century clerestory and aisles.
This is a big church, since it needed to contain the chantry altars of at least five medieval guilds. And it has always been an urban church, as you can tell from the way buildings on the north side cut into it. The east window was clearly always intended to be seen up the gap to the busy High Street.
The magnificent south doorway retains its original 15th century doors. It is interesting to compare it with Cotton, barely 50 years older, but from a quite different generation of architecture. Gone are the delicate fleurons, the articulate details that speak of an internal sense of mystery. Here, we enter the realms of self- confident rationalism for the first time.
You step into a space that is light and airy, but this is to do with the sheer volume of the interior as much as with any effect of the light. Trees close by on the north side gently wave shadows into the nave.
I have visited this church often, most recently on Holy Saturday 2000. On that occasion, a large number of people were cleaning the church in preparation for the celebration of the Easter liturgy.
The inside is so big, it is an ambitious task; but this church has been cleaned in a wider sense over the centuries, and, like Clare, it is hard to see this building as anything other than the rather polite CofE parish church it has become.
I do prefer this church to Clare, though. This is partly because it feels more like the heart of a living faith community, but it is also because it is a bit more daring. Witness, for instance, the Maggi Hambling painting in the north aisle, and the exceptionally good modern window beside it. The Victorian glass in the south aisle is also very good; there is a lovely modern Madonna in the north chancel chapel, and the sanctuaries are well kept and cared for.
In the south chancel chapel is the famous St Edmund bench end, attached to a modern bench. It shows a wolf, with St Edmund's head in its jaws. At least, it is supposed to be a wolf, but it has cloven hooves. The other end is equally wierd. Note the squints through to the high altar from this chapel.
The lady I spoke to told me that, despite appearances to the contrary, St Mary retains its high church tradition, with the celebration of a monthly high Mass, and church groups including a Walsingham society. In the high sanctuary are not one, but two plaques to former Dean Hugh Rose, one commemorating his conference that led to the Oxford Movement, and the other the centenary of that movement, laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1935.
One of the plaques quotes Pusey's eulogy to Rose, that "when hearts were failing, he bade us stir up the gift that was in us, and betake ourselves to our true mother". Presumably both Pusey and Rose would be depressed by the efforts the CofE has gone to in recent years to distance itself from its 'true mother'.
Another religious figure associated with Hadleigh is the puritan preacher Rowland Taylor, who was burned at the stake on nearby Aldham Common in the brief but unhappy reign of Mary I. One of the windows in the south aisle remembers him.
St Mary, Hadleigh, can be found just off the High Street in this town about halfway between Ipswich and Sudbury, on the A1071. In many visits, I've never found it locked.
Charles spouse unknown Anna RICH  [MRIN: 1203], daughter of RICH  and Laurentia , about 1680. (Anna RICH  died on 13 Mar 1681/82 and was buried in Hadleigh Church SFK.)