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The Venerable Hopkins Badnall D.D.

 The Venerable Hopkins Hopkins Badnall  D.D., Archdeacon of Capetown.



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At Leek, Staffordshire 12th September 1821
Hopkins  Badnall
Richard Badnall
Spout Street, Leek in 1821. Ashenhurst,  Leek Staffordshire (1824 to 1826) 

Silk ribbon & button manufacturer ( Badnall, Spilsbury & Cruso) Leek, Staffordshire.
Sarah Hand daughter of Enoch Hand of Uttoxeter
27 February 1854 Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Bishop Merriman)

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Sarah Elizabeth Owen-Smith daughter of
Herbert Owen; Reginald Beaumont; Lancelot  Wykeham; Gertrude; Florence May; Ethel Mary; Evelyn Elizabeth; Blanche Elizabeth; Alice;
See Charts.                

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27th September 1892
71 years
19 Randolf Road, Maida Vale, London.

Family vault St. Edwards Parish Church, Leek, Staffs


Details of  Career
Privately and by his uncle the Rev. William Badnall M.A. Vicar of Wavertree. Durham University, B.A., M.A. 1851; D.D. 1870.
A brief biography of Hopkins Badnall is given by M. Boucher. see also Badnall Collection, William Cullen Library. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, S.A. C24 Curriclum vitae of Hopkins Badnall submitted to Dean and Chapter of Durham 25 May 1886.
June 1844 B.A. degree University of Durham. 2nd in Classics -Awarded Van Mildert scholarship.
June 1845 M.A. 1st Classics following term elected Licentiate in Theology. Ordained Deacon at Christmas Ordination at Auckland, County Durham on title of Vicar of Stockton the Rev. Robert Gray later Bishop of Capetown;
Ordained Priest at Christmas Ordination 1846 on the title of the Vicar of Stockton, the Reverend Robert Gray;
1847 To Cape of Good Hope as Chaplain to Bishop of Capetown .
1854 returned to England & took Curacy of Whickham under the Rector - Rev. Henry Carr. 6 months later vacated Whicham on presentation by Earl of Harewood to Rectory of Goldsborough, Dio. of Ripon under Bishop later Archbishop Longley.
1857 vacated Goldsboro' for sole charge of Parish of Cawthorne near Barnsley under Bishop Bickerstaff. 1862 returned to the Cape as Archdeacon of Eastern portion of Diocese of Capetown known as George, Canon of Cathedral Church of Capetown, Rector of St. Marks, Georgetown. D.D. awarded by University of Durham "Honoris Causa. 
1869 preferred to Western portion of Diocese Archdeaconry of the Cape and to Rector of St. Pauls, Rondebosch. 1872 on Bishop Gray's death- Vicar General for 2 years and periodically during the absence of new Bishop. September 1885 Returned to England on health grounds. Living (1886) 38 Grange Park, Ealing, London.
Author of a number of works including:


Archdeacon Hopkins Badnall with his  family -date unknown The Venerable Hopkins Badnall D.D Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Badnall wife of the Revd. Hopkins Badnall . Monument to the Ven. Hopkins Badnall DD erected by former parishoners at George, South Africa.. The Badnall Family Vault, Leek, Staffordshire showing the inscription for The Ven. Hopkins Badnall D.D. and his wife.  


Family Connections.
His father, Richard Badnall of Ashenhurst, Leek, Staffordshire, was the son of Richard of Highfield and his first wife, Harriet Hopkins. and a great great grandson of Christopher Badnall, a sharman of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire and his wife Sarah Wheilden.  Christopher Badnall was himself the youngest son, of William Badnall of Hanbury and Uttoxeter and (probably) a grandson of Thomas Badnall and Clare Broughton of Walford, Standon in Staffordshire.  Thus Richard Badnall of Ashenhurst, Leek is probably descended from Robert de Badenhall of Baden Hall, Eccleshall, Staffordshire (1228) and connected therefore not only to the Badnalls of Canada, Australia and South Africa but also, through Christopher Badnall's brother William, to the Bednalls of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire and Yorkshire and elsewhere.

                                AWBednall Macclesfield 1986-2007