Gas Lamp for St Mary's Parish Church
A Memorandum made by the Churchwardens in 1890 referring to the light in East Street at the entrance to the Churchyard.
Added by Pat Marsden
Wivenhoe Parish Church
Memorandum made this twenty first day of January One thousand Eight hundred and ninety [Essex Record Office D/P 277/6/3]
The Gas Lamp in bracket which lights the Entrance to Church from East Street, was given to the Church, and fixed in place at the sole expense of Mr William Goodwin of Wivenhoe a Shipowner about twenty years ago. And an understanding came to be that time with the Wivenhoe Gas Company (but never put into writing) that they should supply gas free of charge for the lighting of said lamp, during the hours of evening services, at all times when considered necessary by the Churchwardens, the Churchwardens to be at the expense of lighting and extinguishing.
From the date on installation of said lamp, until the date hereof, the Gas Company have never failed to observe their undertaking, and this record is now made for the information and guidance of Churchwardens succeeding.
H. J. Gurdon Rebow
J. Edward Wilkins
[Transcribed by Pat Marsden April 2019]