Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Reverend John Alton Hatchard 23/7/1817 -
Harriet Sophia Hatchard – aged 82 buried 27/04/1896
Hatchard’s carvings at Whatlington Church
John attended Corpus Christi College Cambridge and ordained in 1841. He was vicar of Haydon in Dorset 1843-
Both before and after his withdrawal from the ordained ministry, he designed some remarkable woodwork, though it is not known how he learned his skills. The fittings at Whatlington are certainly by him and the pulpit at Slinfold (1861), attributed to the ‘Rev T A Hatchard’, who is said to be curate of St Leonards, is clearly also his work. Records show that he was the owner of several properties in the town.
Hatchard was the author of Romanism Overthrown by Wellington, a sermon preached on the death of the Duke of Wellington in 1852, claiming that the Duke by defeating Napoleon had saved England from Romanism as ‘a state dependent on France.
His letters in the National Archives show him as an anxious individual, prolix, quite unversed in the ways of business and very conscious of his reputation. They also cover his involvement in the restoration of Whatlington Church in 1862, his disinclination to buy pier shares (I believe it will vulgarize St Leonards as the Hastings Pier has vulgarized Hastings') and a dispute over drainage with the St Leonards Commissioners (on which general topic see Margaret Whittick, 'The Sanitary Battle of Hastings' (SAC 125 175-
John Alton Hatchard was born in 1815 at Lewton in Shropshire, the son of the Rev John Hatchard (1793-
Harriet Sophia Stevenson (1814-
There were two children of her marriage to John, -