Cecil E Fisher

Cecil Edward Fisher was born in 1838 and brought up in Close of Salisbury Cathedral, the youngest son of the Rev. William Fisher, Residentiary Canon of Salisbury. Cecil went to Westminster School, and then went up to Christ Church College, Oxford. After gaining his degree he was ordained in 1862.  The same year he married Agnes Mirehouse, daughter of John Mirehouse, Common Serjeant of London. They had two sons and six daughters who lived to adulthood; a further child died young. Mrs Fisher was the author of several religious booklets which aimed to simplify Christianity for young people. Some of the titles of her books were, "Simple Help for Children on the Church's Ritual," "Angels" and "Short and Simple Life of Saint Paul."

Cecil Fisher's first post was as Curate at Bremhill, Wiltshire, before becoming Rector of Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire in 1865.

In 1877 Bishop Christopher Wordsworth appointed him Canon of Lafford, or New Sleaford, in Lincoln Cathedral. At the time of his death Cecil Fisher was the most senior member of the Cathedral body in date of appointment.

In 1879 Canon Fisher became Vicar of Grantham, where he stayed until he was appointed to the parish of Hagworthingham near Spilsby in 1883. In 1890 he accepted a post from a private patron as Vicar of St Peter's, Bournemouth. He retired in 1904 due to ill health and moved to Southampton. The 1911 Census shows that Canon Fisher was living in a 12 roomed house in Shirley Warren with his wife, three unmarried daughters and three servants.

Cecil Fisher and his wife Agnes celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in November 1922. Canon Fisher died at Ankerwyke, Shirley Warren, Southampton in January 1925, aged 86 years.

Based on an article in the Grantham Journal, 17th January 1925. Census information from www.findmypast.com