Rev James (Sevencroft) Blomfield

Not personally connected with Bow, James Blomfield's uncle was Rev George John Blomfield's grandfather.

Seven years older than his cousin Charles James Blomfield (a future Bishop of London), James was born in the village of Woodbridge in Suffolk in 1793. His parents were John, a cabinetmaker, and Sarah (previously Sarah Mann, a widow). He had at least one sister, Mary Anne, two years younger.


He was probably educated at his relatives’ school in Bury St Edmonds. He adopted the middle name of Sevecroft in later years. In 1837, when a teacher at that school, he married Mary Anne Friend, the daughter of a Bury confectioner. Between 1818 and 1821 they had three children, all baptised in Bury, whose baptism records show his occupation as a schoolmaster.

In 1820 he appears to have enrolled at Christ’s College, Cambridge, although was never resident, and he was ordained in Norwich the following year.

In around 1825 he was appointed stipendiary curate in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.