In August 2013 I visited William Rose Holden at his home overlooking Hove Park. We had been in email contact for several years but I hadn’t managed to meet him on his occasional visits to Upminster. William is not only the Patron of the Upminster Rectorship but the owner of the Holden family portraits, which used to hang in the Upminster Rectory. I had seen photographs of these portraits but at last got the opportunity to see the originals.
This pleasant visit was only short but it harks back to the extraordinary era lasting 191 years when five members of the Holden family successively served as Upminster’s Rectors, starting with the appointment of Rev John Rose Holden the elder in 1780 and ending with the retirement in 1971 of Rev Hyla Rose Holden – who was William’s uncle.
Read about it here.