Thomas Reeve (divine)

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Thomas Reeve, D.D. (1594 – 21 February 1672), was an English royalist and Anglican divine.



Reeve was born at Langley with Hardley, Norfolk, England, in 1594. He was the son of Thomas Reeve, a husbandman, and received his education in a school kept by Mr. Matchet at Moulton, Norfolk. On 30 June 1610 he was admitted a sizar of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1613, M.A. in 1617, B.D. in 1624, and D.D. in 1660. [1] After taking orders he was presented to the incumbency of Waltham Abbey, Essex, succeeding Thomas Fuller (1608–61), and he died there on 21 February 1671–2. [2]

Langley with Hardley

Langley with Hardley is a parish in the county of Norfolk, England, about a mile east of Loddon. It covers an area of 15.09 km2 (5.83 sq mi) and had a population of 489 in 161 households at the 2001 census, reducing marginally to 488 at the 2011 Census.

Norfolk County of England

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During his incumbency at Waltham Abbey, the Royal Arms of Charles II were put up in the church. They were commissioned in 1662 at a cost of £24, [3] and are still on display. The date may reflect the passing of the Act of Uniformity 1662.

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Reeve, who was greatly admired as a preacher, published a number of sermons and devotional works.


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  1. "Reeve, Thomas (RV610T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. Smyth, Obituary, p. 94
  3. Essex Record Office D/P 75/5/1 (Churchwardens’ Account Book 1624-1670)
  4. "England's beauty in seeing King Charles the Second restored to majesty : Reeve, Thomas, 1594-1672 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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