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Joseph Ball Anstice was Vicar of Hungerford from 1866 until 1894. It was during this period that very extensive rebuilding of St Lawrence's Church took place (mostly in 1880). Many stained glass windows were installed, some in memory of Rev Anstice.

Rosalind Boon kindly contacted the Virtual Museum (Jan 2018) with the following interesting snippet - part of a letter written on 16th June 1885 by Rev Anstice's mother to her friend, Rosalind's 3x great-grandmother. Joseph Ball Anstice’s parents were Richard Anstice and Marcia (Boys). Marcia mentions two of her children in this snippet, Ball (Joseph Ball Anstice) and Julia:

"I went to Burnham the end of May, partly to avoid being at Chedzoy at the reopening of their Church which has been restored and a most magnificent Chancel erected as I expected an immense concourse of people assembled - rather too much excitement for me. Stayed there a fortnight. Ball or Julia being with me.

Then on to Hungerford with the former. I think of staying here till the end of next month, then back to Chedzoy, which I do not expect ever again to leave.

I know you will like to hear there is a stained glass window in the new Chancel of Chedzoy Church in memory of my husband. The figures are beautifully executed - the middle light representing the Virgin & Child; the two side lights the Adoration & the Presentation.

There is in the Parish Church here (at Hungerford) a large window of stained glass erected by 12 of Ball's Curates in his honor as a record of their esteem and regard for him. All this is pleasing to me and I think you will feel an interest in it".
[This is Window VIII (4S) in St Lawrence Church - "The Sermon on the Mount". See Church Windows].

On leaving Hungerford in 1894, Rev. Anstice went to the village of Hartley Wespall where he became Rector from 1894 until resigning in 1900, succeeding Rev J.C. Keate (Rector 1848 - 1894). Although there was reference to Rev Anstice's failing eyesight the extracts from local papers below show that he was active and hospitable when he went to Hartley Wespall.