John Amps (c 1826–1908), alumnus of Emmanuel College


John Amps, son of a carpenter, was admitted to Emmanuel College on 11 June 1847 and graduated BA (1852) and MA (1857). He was ordained deacon (1852) and priest (1854) in the diocese of Ely, becoming curate of St Peter’s, Drypool, Yorkshire (1853) and holding other curacies (1854–64). He was vicar of Ickleton, Cambridgeshire for 44 years (1864–1908), and died on 16 October 1908, aged 83. His estate at his death was worth £5497 3s 9d, bequeathed to ‘William Amps, Organist’.

While at Ickleton, it is reported, he ‘raised the number of communion services from four to twelve a year; during his incumbency the chancel was entirely rebuilt’.

John Amps was married to Mary Patman of Panton Street, Cambridge, daughter of William Patman ‘gentleman’, on 31 August 1859 in St Paul’s Church. He was 32 years old, she 34. (The Patman family grave is also located in the St Paul’s area of the cemetery.)

Amps grave
Amps grave




Parish : St Paul

See family grave page for more information






Venn, Alumni Cantabrigiensis
college records
‘Parishes: Ickleton’, A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely, vol. 6 (1978), pp. 230-246
register of births, deaths and marriages; probate calendar of wills

By Amanda Goode, Archivist, Emmanuel College (with Ian Bent)

John Amps