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A Day in Our Life - April

1 April 1809

On this day, Frodsham Hodson was appointed Rector of Bow Church. He only stayed for one year before being appointed as principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1818, he became Vice Chancellor of Oxford. He was known for the dignity of his personal appearance and his address.


2 April 1699

Samuel Pepys took a Hackney coach to Bow with his friend Captain Deane on this day in 1699. His diary records that he spent an evening of "extraordinary good discourse to my great content." They were discussing naval matters.


10 April 1580

Stepney Vestry agrees to pay a pension to Thomas Parris, late minister of Bow, "now fallen blind and being also aged and poor". Parris had probably served in Bow since 1570.


17 April 1989

Michael Peet inducted as the Rector of the parish of Holy Trininty and All Hallows, Bow. In the subsequent 20 years, he was to be inducted twice more as the boundaries of the parishes in the Bow Group changed. The final change resulted in the merger of the parishes of Holy Trinity with St Mary's making him the Rector of Bow Church.


23 April 1847

Bow Fair is revived for one day only. Events included an equestrian circus.