Frederick Corfield 1 2
- Born: 10 Jul 1821, Penryn, Cornwall, England. 2
- Christened: 12 Aug 1821, St. Gluvias, Cornwall, England. 2
- Marriage: Sarah Weller Channer on 9 Jan 1845 in Old Church, St. Pancras, London
- Died: 12 Apr 1883, Shirley, Derbyshire, England. aged 61 2
- Buried: St. Michael's Churchyard, Shirley, Derbyshire 2
Frederick Corfield was educated at Christ's Hospital, London. He was ordained Deacon by the Bishop of London in 1844 and Priest in 1845 by Bishop Sumner of Winchester.
Prevented from going abroad by illness he became curate at Broughton, Hants. He later moved to Brightwell, Berkshire and also became Patron of the Living of Yeaveley, Derbyshire.
Later in 1849 he moved to Templecrone, Donegal in Ireland where he became JP and was rector there for the next 17 years.
Whilst in Ireland, Frederick gained a degree from Trinity College, Dublin in 1855. He was also appointed Domestic Chaplain to Lord Clermont.
In 1866 he and his wife returned to England having been offered the living of Heanor, Derbyshire, by Francis Wright of Osmaston. They were to remain there for 13 years. In 1879 Frederick became vicar of Shirley, where he lived in the rectory, and his son Conyngham became Rector of Heanor in his stead.
Rector of Templecrone County Donegal 1849-1866. J.P. for that county. Domestic Chaplain to Lord Clermont.
Vicar of Shirley (1881 census)
Rector of Heanor, County of Derby.
DEATH OF THE REV F. CORFIELD
The Rev. Frederick Corfield vicar of Shirley, who died on April 12th, was buried on Monday week in the churchyard of the parish where he had laboured for the last three years and a half. By his death the diocese loses one of the most beloved and respected of its clergy and this neighbourhood will be deprived of a noble minded Christian gentleman. Mr. Corfield was indeed one "in whose spirit there was no guile" and whose very countenance seemed to speak of goodwill towards men. Even chance aquaintance could not fail to feel the influence of the simple beauty of his character, while his own parishioners loved him with a loyalty which was wonderfully touching in its simplicity.
The deceased gentleman was for 14 years the rector of the Parish of Heanor, in this diocese, and during his occupancy of that living he was instrumental in building a new church at Langley Mill and restoring the old one at Heanor, together with building or rebuilding three schools with accommodation for over 1200. But far more enduring than the material work of this kind will be the result of that earnest labour which succeeded in gathering together two large congregations with several hundreds of communicants from such very small beginnings. It was while working at Heanor that Mr. Corfield so overtaxed his strength that he had to retire to in 1879 to the little village of Shirley, where he has so recently received his summons to come to be with that God whom he loved so well, and to work for Him in a higher and nobler sphere of labour.
The funeral was marked by a simplicity which well suited the wonderful humility of him who was then carried to his long home in that quiet and quaint churchyard. Five of his sons carried the flower-covered coffin from the Vicarage and gave it into the charge of ten of the principal parishioners, who then carried it to the church on a simple open bier. The population of the little village followed in quiet procession and it was easy to see that the grief they showed was real and deep. There were many there whose hearts he had cheered, whose griefs he had brightened and to whom he had shown by the example which speaks louder than precept that happiness which lies in a self-denying and selfless life.
The mourners were the widow, the two daughters and five of the deceased's sons - F.C. Corfield Esq. of Butterley Park; Rev. C.W.G. Corfield, rector of Heanor; Rev. C.E.L. Corfield, curate of Rotherham; Ashley T. Corfield and E. Corfield of St. Katherine's College, Cambridge. The service was read by the Rev. L. Nicholson, vicar of Osmaston, and all the neighbouring clergy were present , including the Revs. T.A. Anson, F. Jourdain, T. Auden, L. Barnet, J.G. Croker, W. Sandford, W. Parker and A. Slight.
Events in his life were:
• Census: Head. Aged 59. Vicar of Shirley, 3 Apr 1881, Shirley Vicarage, Shirley, Derbyshire, England. 3 4
Frederick married Sarah Weller Channer, daughter of George Channer and Mary Weller, on 9 Jan 1845 in Old Church, St. Pancras, London. (Sarah Weller Channer was born on 14 Nov 1821 in Heston, Middlesex, England.,2 died on 8 May 1906 in Heanor Rectory, Heanor, Derbyshire, England 2 5 and was buried in St Michael's churchyard, Shirley, Derbyshire 2.)