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NEWELL , EBENEZER JOSIAH ( 1853 - 1916 ), cleric, schoolmaster, and historian ;

b. in South-wark in 1853 , second son of C. W. Newell , he went, in 1872 , to Worcester College , Oxford , and graduated in 1876 . After a period as assistant in a school at Cardiff , he was ordained in 1890 and took a curacy at Neath , where he also kept a school . In 1891 he opened a school at Porthcawl , acting also as curate of Newton Nottage , and further holding evening classes . Browsing in the library at Nottage Court (see the article Knight of Tythegston ), he became interested in the history of the Welsh Church , and did good work in that field — becoming also a prominent member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association . Besides a volume of verse ( The Sorrow of Simona , 1882 ), he published A Popular History of the Ancient British Church , 1887 , A History of the Welsh Church to the Dissolution of the Monasteries , 1895 (a national eisteddfod prize essay), The Diocese of Llandaff , 1902 , and S. Patrick, his Life and Teaching , 1890 . At the end of 1900 , he was preferred to the vicarage of Neen Sollers , Cleobury Mortimer ( Salop ) and d. there at the beginning of June (buried 6 June) 1916 .

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Crockford's Clerical Directory ;
  • Shropshire Parish Register Society. Publications ;
  • information from his son, Rev. L. B. C. Newell .

Author:

Archdeacon Lawrence Thomas, D.D., (1889-1960), Aberafan

Published date: 1959