Cannon Gummer

The Last Cannon of Holy Trinity Church



In December 2012 former Cabinet Minister, Lord Deben went back to his roots to share his childhood memories with the Brompton History Research Group.

Lord Deben, better known as John Gummer,  spent his childhood in Brompton Village where his father, Cannon Gummer, was the last vicar of Brompton's Holy Trinity Church.

Growing up in the vicarage, John recalled it was always cold, with windows frozen on the inside. In those days, he said, there was a high degree of illness and poor housing. He went on to describe Brompton’s shops (in those days Brompton High Street was main centre of economic activity). The grocer’s had a long counter with tall chairs where customers would sit while their sugar, cheese and butter was measured out. On rare occasions when the grocer roasted coffee, people came in to enjoy the smell.

Click on the audio link to hear the whole of Lord Deben's story and his memories of his father.


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A close friend of my father HERBERT RAWLINSON I believe was church warden at the church, later to become a bit of a Medway celebrity- I have som e archives of him. I believe Selwyn retired to Cobham Street Gravesend (would like confirmation of this). From here I presume the farthert/son book When the coloured people come emerged.. Regards MB(ThePeoplesHistory group Gravesend) P.S enjoyed your Brompton Heritage Trail booklet.

michael barton - 20/04/2015 07:45

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