Arthur C. J. VODDEN 

*1881 - †?


a) 1881 British Census - LDS
Dwelling: Wood House Farm House
Census Place: Great Torrington,, Devon, England
Source: FHL Film 1341543 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2257 Folio 80 Page 3
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
William VODDEN M 31 M St Giles In The Wood,, Devon, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Farmer Of 150 Acres Employing 1 Man And 2 Boys
Emily Ann VODDEN M 29 F Clifton,, Devon, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Farmers Wife
William M.S. VODDEN U 2 M Bedminster,, Somerset, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Farmers Son
Arthur C.J. VODDEN U 1 m M Gt Torrington,, Devon, England
Rel: Son
Henry COPP U 18 M Gt Torrington,, Devon, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Farm Servant
Frederick GARNISH U 17 M Barnstaple,, Devon, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Farm Servant
William TANTON U 16 M Wear Gifford,, Devon, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Farm Servant
Georgina BENNET U 17 F Gt Torrington,, Devon, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: General Servant (Domestic) at Sept 3, 2006
The Revd Arthur Charles Vodden, Vicar, 1943 - 1950
On 15 September 1943, the Revd Arthur Vodden, aged 53, was institutedand inducted as vicar by the Bishop of Winchester, Dr Mervyn George Haigh. Arthur Vodden had been ordained a priest in 1919. He had been a curate at St. Andrew?s, Plymouth, a chaplain of St. Mark?s, Nairobi, and a vicar in a number of parishes, including Newport, Devon, Bingley,Yorkshire, and Roundhay, Leeds. Again, the parish welcomed a married man as their vicar.

Parish magazines during his ministry were always headed by an ?Affirmation?, usually a literary quotation, to emphasise his message. He attempted to educate his readers and especially to reach out to those whodid not come to church. He was determined his message would reach allparishioners and in 1946, parish leaflets were delivered to 5,250 homes in the parishes of Highfield and St. Barnabas.

During his ministry, Highfield church celebrated its centenary.

Arthur Vodden proved a conscientious pastor during the difficult post-war years. In 1950, he returned to his native Devon, accepting the living of St. Paul, Preston, Paignton. He died there in 1970 in his eightieth year.