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St Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas, once called the 'Low' church, (simply because it was further down the hill from St. Mary's, the 'High' church), was one of the two ancient parish churches of Warwick, in the later middle-ages. The old church dated back to Norman times, and may have been older still. By the mid 18th. century, it was in a very poor state of repair, and the tower, which was causing great concern, was taken down, and replaced in 1748. In 1779 local architect Thomas Johnson, rebuilt the church, to his own design.

A vestry was added in 1826, and the chancel was rebuilt in 1869-70 to the designs of John Gibson.

Sextons and Parish Clerk.

On our direct line is Charles PRATT (1817-1878) [5252] Charles trained as a shoemaker or cordwainer. His children Joseph (1851) and Louisa (1854) were baptised in St Nicholas Church where on their baptism records he is given as Sexton. For the baptisms of his children George Guy (1860-1893 direct line), William (1864) and James (1867) he is given as Parish Clerk. His occupation on the 1861 census is given as Parish Clerk which implies that this was his main work however on the 1871 census he is a Post Office Messenger. He probably was doing both jobs.

His brother-in-law George Guy STANDLEY [5442] was also a Sexton here. First recorded as such in 1875 on his marriage to Ellen MASTERS in 1875. On the 1881 census he was a labourer but on the 1891 and 1901 censuses he was a sexton

This photograph was take in March 2005
 by Kevin McMullin


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The county Town of  Warwickshire has retained many of the buildings that our PRATT ancestors would have been familiar with. The PRATTs always lived in the area near the Castle and River Avon .

John PRATT [5261] had left Salford Priors and had married Elizabeth KIBLER in 1798 in Newbold Pacey. They moved to Warwick and settled in Bridge End and each of their 10 children were Christened at St Nicholas Church.

Their youngest son Charles PRATT [5252] first trained as a shoe maker. Charles married Ann STANDLEY in 1843. She was the daughter of a pump sinker who also lived in Bridge End.

After their marriage Charles and Ann lived in the road that ran along side the church called Lower St Nicholas Church Street (the name being usually shortened to Lower Church Street).

They too had their nine children baptised at St Nicholas. Charles became the sexton at the church for a while and later became parish clerk. Their seventh child was born on 27 November 1860. He was named George Guy after his uncle George Guy STANDLEY who in turn may have been named in honour of George Guy Greville who was the 4th Earl of Warwick. The Earl had entertained Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Warwick Castle in 1858.

George Guy  PRATT [1214] left Warwick sometime between 1871 and 1879 probably attracted by the availability of work in the developing industrial Birmingham.

Castle and River

2 Views of Bridge End

St Nicholas Church Street

All photographs by
Kevin McMullin
©2005

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