Jacob Clements

Jacob Clements was born on July 29th 1820, the eldest son of the Revd J C Clements, of Lower Clapton, Middlesex. He was educated privately until he went up to Oriel College, Oxford in 1838. He took his B.A. Degree (an honorary 4th Class in Classics) in 1842, was ordained Deacon in 1843 and Priest in 1844, as curate of Upton St Leonard's, in the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. He became incumbent of the same parish in 1846.

In 1859 Bishop Jackson of Lincoln presented him to the Vicarage of Gainsbrough, to which is attached the Prebendal Stall of Corringham in Lincoln Cathedral. In 1873 he was chosen Proctor in Convocation for the chapter of Lincoln. In 1874 Bishop Wordsworth of Lincoln transferred Jacob Clements from Gainsborough to Grantham, making him in the same year Rural Dean of N Grantham, Prebendary of Liddington, and eventually one of the Bishop's Chaplains.

Whilst in Grantham, Canon Clements won the respect of all classes due to his unfailing courtesy and assiduous attention to all the details of the church's work and the organisations connected with it. He was a conscientious visitor, and his preaching was of a high order. He restored the office of daily prayers, increased the celebrations of Holy Communion and the observance of the Church's festivals. The appointment of sidesmen dates from the time of Canon Clements.  He had exceptional business qualities, and took an active interest in all that concerned the welfare of the town.

In 1878 he was collated to the Sub-Deanery, and he preached his farewell sermon at St Wulfram's on February 9th 1879. During his residence at Lincoln, as master of the fabric, he made great efforts to improve the Cathedral and its environs. The restoration of the Chapter House, which involved Canon Clements raising around £13,000, is evidence of the energy he put into his work. He also had a zeal for elementary education, and was a key person in the formation of the Lincoln Church Elementary Schools Association.

Canon Clements died peacefully on Sunday June 20th, 1898 after a period of failing health. He left a widow, two sons, and four daughters. A bell was tolled at St Wulfram's on the Monday, and again on the Thursday during the time of the funeral at Lincoln Cathedral. The flag on Grantham Guildhall was flown at half-mast. Jacob Clements was interred in the Cloister Garth of Lincoln Cathedral.

(Taken from Death of the Rev. Jacob Clements, Sub-Dean of Lincoln, Grantham Journal June 25th 1898)