Canon John Sharp
Rev Canon John Sharp was the eldest of two sons born to Rev Samuel Sharp and his wife Margaret (nee Alderson). Born on 26th October 1810, John was baptised at All Saints, Wakefield (Wakefield Cathedral) on 7th November. His father Samuel was the vicar of Wakefield from 1810 until his death in 1855, having been curate from 1804. John was appointed a deacon in 1833 by Archbishop Vernon Harcourt and made vicar of Horbury by his father the following year. He took up his post at St Peter’s Church on 16th November 1834, coming to Horbury at the very rise of the Oxford Movement, himself one of its strongest supporters; he would stay for nearly 65 years.