Louis Hubert Lethbridge: 1920-1930

Louis Hubert Lethbridge, Rector 1920-1930

Brother of Ambrose. Keeble College Oxford BA 1902 MA 1907 Cuddesdon College 1902. Deacon 1902 Priest 1904 (Rochester) Curate of St Luke Kingston on Thames 1903-1907 Curate of All Saints Breckheath 1907 – 08 Curate of St Margaret Leicester 1908-11, Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Northampton 1915, Rector of Burton Latimer, Rector of Harpole 1935     

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

Louis Herbert Lethbridge was very active in the community. He served on the Urban District Council and was its chairman in 1927. He was a keen sportsman and can be seen on many photographs of cricket and football teams. He also attempted to introduce rugby football to the boys at the Church School but it was quietly dropped after two seasons.

The following is an extract from a Kettering Leader dated 8th February 1935:
The announcement that the Rev. L.H. Lethbridge, who was Rector of Burton Latimer from 1920 to 1930, is coming back to Northamptonshire has been received with considerable pleasure in the town. No man can have been more popular than was Mr. Lethbridge during his stay at Burton, and on taking over the incumbency of Harpole, no doubt he will visit his friends here. His popularity in Burton was evinced by his heading the poll at the Urban Council elections of 1930. In 1927 he was chairman, and the previous year, vice-chairman. In 1922 Mr. Lethbridge was elected to the Parish council also to the Guardians, and in 1923 elected to the first Urban Council.