Revd. Whittington Landon D.D. (1758-1838)

Possibly the most illustrious clergyman of Bow was Whittington Landon who was Rector between 1833 and 1838. The son of John Landon from Tedstone, Herefordshire, he matriculated at the University of Oxford as a member of Worcester College in 1775, aged 17. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1779 and was elected to a college fellowship in 1782, the same year in which he took his Master of Arts. He obtained two further degrees: Bachelor of Divinity in 1790 and Doctor of Divinity in 1795. He was elected Provost of Worcester College in 1795, and held this position until his death. He was appointed Keeper of the Archives of the University in 1796, and held this post until 1815. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1802 to 1806.

He married Maria Augustina Ready in 1800; they had 3 sons. He died on 29 December 1838

Rev Whittington Landon: Dean of Exeter Cathedral and Rector of Bow


Landon was also an ordained priest in the Church of England. He was rector of the Herefordshire parish of Croft with Yarpole from 1796 until his death. He added the positions of prebendary of Norwich (1811 to 1813) and of Salisbury (1821 until his death), Dean of Exeter (1813 until his death), rector of Bishopstone, Salisbury (1822 to 1826), vicar of Branscombe, Devon (1827 to 1830), Bishop's Tawton (1826-1827) and rector of Bow from 1833 until his death. He probably infrequently visited Bow; he had a resident Curate, Rev William Brock Hellins (1798-1858) who undertook his parish duties.


In 1829 the Western Times asked how he could perform all the roles to which he was appointed. Pluralism, or holding several benefices, was common at that time. Well-connected clergy would reside outside their parish and appoint a curate to do their work. As the Western Times pointed out: