Biography of Henry Powell Ffoulkes 1815-1886

On 02 Jan 1815 Henry Powell Ffoulkes was born.

In 1839 Henry Powell Ffoulkes (age 23) was ordained deacon and priest by Bishop William Carey (age 69).

In 1861 Henry Powell Ffoulkes (age 45) was appointed Archdeacon of Montgomery and Residentiary Canon of St Asaph.

In 1879 Henry Powell Ffoulkes (age 63) was appointed Rector of St John the Baptist Church, Whittington [Map].

On 26 Jan 1886 Henry Powell Ffoulkes (age 71) died. He was buried at St Asaph Cathedral [Map] where he has a memorial.

Rhyl Advertiser 30 Jan 1886. DEATH OF ARCHDEACON FFOULKES.

It is our painful duty to record the death of the Ven. Archdeacon Ffoulkes, which took place at the Canonry, St. Asaph, on Tuesday last. The sad event has cast a gloom over the city and neighbourhood of St Asaph, where the Archdeacon had so many friends and acquaintances. The reverend gentleman was actively engaged up to Saturday last in the discharge of his duties in connection with the Cathedral. On that day he attended the funeral of the Rev W. Hicks-Owen, the senior vicar of St Asaph. The old church at Tremeirchion was noticed by many present to be both damp and cold,and there can be no doubt that it was there he caught the chill which brought on peritonitis, which caused his death. He had been selected to preach two sermons in the Cathedral on the following day on behalf of the society whose object is to christian- ize the Jews. But, alas! he was unable to leave his bed, and the progress of the disease was so rapid that death speedily ensued.

The reverend gentleman was a native of Denbighshire, and was educated at Shrewsbury School, from whence he proceeded to Balliol College, Oxford. He graduated B.A. in 1837, taking an Honorary Fourth Class in Literis Humanioribus. In 1839 he was ordained.deacon and priest by the Bishop of St. Asaph, an was appointed curate of Halkyn. In 1840 he was appointed stipendiary curate of St. Matthews, Buckley, Hawarden, which office he held till 1857, when ho was appointed by the Bishop of Llandaff to the Rectory of Llandyssil, Montgomeryshire. In 1861 the Bishop of St Asaph made him Archdeacon of Montgomery and Canon Residentiary of St. Asaph. In 1879 he succeeded Dr Walsham How, the present bishop of Bedford, as rector of Whittington, which office in connection with the archdeaconry and the canonry he held till the the day of his death. The late archdeacon was always an active and energetic worker, and at one period of his life he ably discharged the duties of organising secretary for the National Society. Many of our readers will remember that in con- junction with the Duke of Westminster and others, he took an active part in the founding and tne establishing of the Children's Convalescent Home in Rhyl. We may mention that on the death of his only child a few years ago, he added a wing to this institution, which is known by the name of the Gertrude Foulkes wing. As a preacher the late archdeacon was distinguished for the earnestness and outspoken language of his sermons. As a Churchman he held the views of the High Church Party, though he was never obstrusive in bis manner of manifesting them. As a man be was liberal and generous and always strove to comfort the distressed, and to help the poor and needy. His parishioners at Whittington and many of the poor at St Asaph will regret his untimely death, and will not fail to cherish the memory of Archdeacon Ffoulkes.

On Thursday evening the body was removed to the Cathedral, where it remained till Friday, when the funeral took place. The service was choral throughout, and there was a large attendance of clergy. The coffin was followed by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, and was lovingly laid by the side of his daughter whom in life he had loved so well. The body was met at the North Gate by the Choir and the Clergy surpliced. Canon Howell Evans officiated at the house, and the opening sentences of the burial service were read by the Rev Mr. Moody, the late Archdeacon's Senior Curate at Whittington. The 39th Psalm was then chanted by the Choir, and the Rev Canon Howell Evans then read some Collects, and appropriate prayers, after which a hymn was sung, and the service was concluded by the blessing. There was a large concourse of people in the Cathedral, and the service was most impressing, the last part of the service was read at 12 o'clock today. The coffin was litearlly covered with beautiful wreaths of flowers. The coffin was of plain oak with heavy brass furniture and was made by Mr. Walter Williams, builder, the undertaker was Mr. W. H. Robinson, High Street, St. Asaph.