Born: Ja­nu­ary 18, 1793, High Wy­combe, Buck­ing­ham­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 19, 1870, Leam­ing­ton, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: Pri­ory Church of St. Pe­ter, Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.


William was the fa­ther of hymn­ist Fran­ces Hav­er­gal. He mar­ried twice, to Jane Head (1816) and Ca­ro­line Ann Cooke (1851).

He was edu­cat­ed at Mer­chant Tay­lors School, North­wood, Hert­ford­shire, and St. Ed­mund Hall, Ox­ford (BA 1815, MA 1819).

He was or­dained an Ang­li­can dea­con in 1816, and priest in 1817. He served as rec­tor at Ast­ley, Wor­ces­ter­shire (1829); St. Ni­cho­las, Wor­ces­ter (1842); and Shares­hill, near Wol­ver­hamp­ton (1860).

The ep­i­taph on Ha­ver­gal’s white mar­ble tomb:

The Rev. William Henry Havergal, M.S.,
Vicar of Shareshill and Hon. Canon of Worcester Ca­thed­ral.
Died at Leamington, 19th April 1870, aged 77.
Curate 7, and Rector 13 years, of this parish, 1822 to 1843.
A faithful minister in the Lord (Eph. Vi. 21).

Memorial tab­lets to him were placed in Wor­ces­ter Ca­thed­ral, St. Ni­cho­las and Shares­hill churches.