Pedder, James — 1731-1772

The Pedders of Preston
Over the course of two hundred years the Pedder family rose to prominence in the town, founding its first bank and entering the ranks of the gentry. The main branch of the family faced ruin when the bank collapsed in 1861, but fortunes were salvaged and the family entered the 20th century with their privileges intact.
The Pedders of Preston

James Pedder was baptised on 25 July 1731 at Preston parish church, the son of Richard and Jennet Pedder. 1

He was admitted to Queen’s College, Oxford, 29 January 1749/50 at the age of 18 and was awarded his BA in 1753. In 1758 he was admitted a pensioner at Sidney College, Cambridge, where he was awarded his MA degree. Students admitted to Cambridge colleges as ‘pensioner’ were gentlemen who paid for their education (see Preston’s Cambridge men … and (a few) women for the different types of students at this period).

On graduating from Oxford he was ordained deacon, two years later in 1755 he was ordained priest and presented to the vicarage of Garstang. 2 He was presented by his father, who had bought the advowson five years earlier.

He married Jane Bowes, the daughter of the late John Bowes esq of Lancaster on 13 June 1757 at St Mary’s Lancaster. The couple had three children: Margaret, James and John. He was buried at Garstang 3 May 1772. 3 His son John later became vicar of Garstang. The church, St Helen’s, came to be known as the ‘Cathedral of the Fylde’; it is now a Grade 1 listed building. Pedders were vicars of Garstang for the next two centuries.

St Helen’s Church. © Copyright Galatas

1 ‘St John, Preston, Baptisms 1725-1752, Page 69, Entry 9. Source: LDS Film 1278740’, n.d.,

2 ‘CCEd Person ID: 19188’, Clergy of the Church of England Database, accessed 22 July 2022,

3 ‘St Mary, Lancaster, Marriages 1754 – 1760, Entry 205. Source: LDS Film 1526200’, n.d.,; ‘St Helen, Garstang, Lancashire, Burials 1760 – 1774, Page 89, Entry 10. Source: LDS Film 1278942’, n.d.,

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