George Becke:

Probably of Emmanuel College Cambridge. adm. pens. 6 April 1653. Of Lincs. Matriculated 1653 BA 1656/7 MA 1660. Perhaps son of George of St Benedict’s, Lincoln, clerk. Deacon 27 April 1661. Priest 2 May 1661 (Linc.) Rector of Burton Latimer 5 May 1662 as MA. Buried there 28 April 1676.

Married 16 Feb 1661/2 at Burton Latimer Elizabeth, sister of Edmond Bacon of Burton Latimer, esq. She was buried at Burton Latimer 14 May 1697.


1.  A child who died in infancy and was buried in the chancel of Burton Latimer

2.  Anne, Christened 2 April 1663 at Burton Latimer. Married there 28 May 1700 Brian Hull of Rushton, gent. She was buried 28 May 1727 at Rushton. He was buried there 7 Feb 1736/7. Their son Brian was born there 10 Aug 1705, and buried 1 Aug 1724.

Will dated 17 Oct 1673 proved 8 May 1676 by Elizabeth his widow. He desired burial in the chancel of Burton Latimer “as near as may be to my poor infant there interred.” He gave to his dear and honoured Brother Edmond Bacon, of Burton Latimer, esq. 10s to buy him a ring; sister Mary Bacon wife of Edmond Bacon 10s; brother Henry Bacon 10s; sister Anne Bacon 10s; brother Mr. George Skelton of Lincoln, woollendraper, 10s and his wife “my dear sister” £5; poor of Burton Latimer 40s; wife Elizabeth and daughter Anne Becke, exors. Witness; Henry Bacon, Wm Neale, John Colson.

Edmond Bacon of Burton Latimer, esq. gave to his sister Elizabeth Becke, and his niece Ann Beck 20s each for rings 13 March 1683/4.

(Reference “Northamptonshire and Rutland Clergy from 1500” (1938-43) by Henry Isham Longden)

George Becke took the office of Rector of Burton Latimer as soon as Dr. Robert Sybthorpe died. The year before, he had married Elizabeth, the sister of Edmond Bacon, who was Lord of the Manor and lived at The Hall. The hearth tax of 1673 shows that George Becke held two properties; it is believed one would have been the ancient Rectory and the other was probably the Manor House, which was for some years used as the curate’s residence. He signed the registers regularly which indicates that he was living in the parish and references to the schoolmaster in the register means that education of some of the children in the village was in progress. At this time national news reached the parish in various ways eventually and made an impression. So much so that in the burial register of 1666 George Becke wrote:-

“Memorandum: That upon the second of September 1666 being Sunday, the fire began in London at one Farryners house, a baker in Pudding Lane between the houres of one and two in ye morning and continued burning till the sixth of the same month, consuming (as by the survey appearing in print) three hundred seventy three acres within the walls of the City and sixty three acres three roods within the walls. There remains seventy five acres, three roodes yet standing within ye walls, unburnt. Eighty nine parish churches, besides chapels burnt. Eleven parishes within ye walls yet standing. Houses burnt thirteen thousand and two hundred.”

George Becke died in 1676 and was buried in the church at Burton Latimer.