Thomas Sanctuary

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Thomas Sanctuary (1814-1889) was Archdeacon of Dorset [1] from 1862 [2] until his death on 27 May 1889. [3]

The Archdeacon of Dorset is a senior ecclesiastical officer within the Diocese of Salisbury, England. He or she is responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy within the four area deaneries: Purbeck, Poole, Wimborne, and Milton & Blandford.

He was educated at Exeter College, Oxford [4] and ordained in 1845. [5] He was Rector of Powerstock [6] for over 40 years and a Canon Residentiary at Salisbury Cathedral from 1875. [7]

Exeter College, Oxford constituent college of the University of Oxford

Exeter College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England and the fourth oldest college of the University.

A rector is, in an ecclesiastical sense, a cleric who functions as an administrative leader in some Christian denominations. In contrast, a vicar is also a cleric but functions as an assistant and representative of an administrative leader.

Powerstock village in the United Kingdom

Powerstock is a village and civil parish in south west Dorset, England, situated in a steep valley on the edge of the Dorset Downs, 5 miles (8.0 km) north-east of the market town of Bridport. The civil parish includes the village of West Milton to the west and the summit and northern slopes of Eggardon Hill to the south-east. Powerstock village contains many cottages and 2 inns: The Three Horseshoes near the church and The Marquis of Lorne Inn on the other side of the valley in a small hamlet called Nettlecombe. The small Mangerton River runs through the valley. In 2013 the parish had an estimated population of 290. In the 2011 census figures have been published for Powerstock parish combined with the small parish of North Poorton to the north; the population in this area was 358.


  1. National Archives
  2. Ecclesiastical Intelligence The Times (London, England), Friday, Oct 10, 1862; pg. 8; Issue 24373
  3. The Ven T.Sanctuary The Times (London, England), Tuesday, May 28, 1889; pg. 8; Issue 32710
  4. University Intelligence The Times (London, England), Friday, Nov 15, 1844; pg. 7; Issue 18769
  5. Ordinations The Times (London, England), Friday, Dec 26, 1845; pg. 6; Issue
  6. Dorset Historic Churches Trust
  7. News in Brief The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jan 28, 1875; pg. 8; Issue 28224

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