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parish of Palin, Thurrock's historian
William Palin, Stifford's rector between 1834 and
1882, he was the first local historian to write
solely about the Thurrock area. He published two
volumes -"Stifford and its Neighbourhood"
in 1871 and "More about Stifford and its
Neighbourhood" in the following year.
Panorama 32 contains a brief biography.
William Palin was born in Mortlake
on 10th November 1803, the 7th son of Richard
Palin of Mortlake, Surrey, gentleman. He went to
school at Lewes, Sussex. He matriculated St.
Alban Hall, Oxford and was admitted a grant aided
student at Trinity College Cambridge where he got
his B.A. in 1833 and his M.A. in 1839. He began
his working life as a private tutor. He was made
a deacon on 2nd June 1833 and ordained as a
priest on 25th May 1834 by the Bishop of London.
He was admitted to Oxford in 1851 where he got
He became curate of
Stifford in in 1833 and then rector the following
year until his death in 1882. His patron was
Richard B. Wingfield (of Orsett Hall).
He was the editor of the
Churchmen Magazine and author of:
Village lectures on the Litany
A History of the Church of England 1688-1717
Sermon on the Weekly Offertory
Suggestions for the foundation of a Clergy
College (privately circulated)
Various contributions to church periodicals
Emily Isabella Slaughter daughter of Stephen Long,
solicitor and they had three daughters and one
Emily Isabella Jane,
many Stifford rectors he was a magistrate and for
a time chairman of the bench at Orsett petty
The portraits on this page
were drawn by William Palin's son, William Long