Samuel Hole, 1895
Memorial to Hole, Rochester Cathedral
Tomb of Hole, Rochester Cathedral

Samuel Reynolds Hole (5 December 1819[1] – 27 August 1904[2]) was an English Anglican priest,[3] author[4] and horticulturalist[5] in the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th.[6][7]


Hole was born at Ardwick near Manchester the only son of Samuel Hole of Caunton Manor and his wife, Mary Cooke of Macclesfield.[8]

He was raised in Newark and educated at Mrs Gilbey's Preparatory School and Newark Grammar School there. After a period of foreign travel he studied theology at Brasenose College, Oxford.[9] He was ordained in 1844[10] and spent 43 years at his father's parish of St. Andrew's Church, Caunton,[11][12] firstly as curate and from 1850 as its vicar.[13] A prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral and an honorary chaplain to Edward Benson, the then Archbishop of Canterbury,[14] he became Dean of Rochester in 1887.[15] Noted for his expertise with roses[16][17] and an inaugural recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour.

There are two memorials to Hole at Rochester Cathedral.[18][19] The most impressive is a recumbent marble life-size figure by F. W. Pomeroy.

Hole is further remembered on the number 3 bell at Rochester: "In remembrance of S. Reynolds Hole, Dean. Died 27th August - 1904".[20]


In 1861 he married Caroline Francklin, daughter of John Francklin of Gonalston and Great Barford.

They had one son, Samuel Hugh Francklin Hole (b.1862) who became a barrister.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Who was Who" 1897-2000 London, A & C Black, 2000 ISBN 0-7136-6125-9
  2. ^ "Death of Dean Hole", The Times, 29 August 1904; p. 8; Issue 37485; col A
  3. ^ "The Deans", Beeson,T.R: London, SCM, 2004 ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  4. ^ Amongst others he wrote Hints to Freshmen (1847); A Little Tour in Ireland (1858); A Book about Roses (1869); A Book about the Garden and the Gardener (1899); and Then and Now (1901): British Library website accessed 8 June 2008
  5. ^ The Rose King, Elias, G.A: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire County Council Leisure Services, 1994, ISBN 0-900943-56-4
  6. ^ "New Dean of Rochester", The Times, 13 December 1887; p. 9; Issue 32254; col E
  7. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  8. ^ ODNB: Samuel Hole
  9. ^ "University Intelligence", The Times, 27 May 1844; p7; Issue 18620; col F
  10. ^ The Times, 25 September 1844; p. 7; Issue 18725; col A, "Ordinations, Lincoln"
  11. ^ Genuki
  12. ^ Southwell Churches
  13. ^ Ecclesiastical Intelligence, The Morning Post (London, England), 17 June 1850; p. 2; Issue 23874. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  14. ^ Religious Intelligence, The Royal Cornwall Gazette Falmouth Packet, Cornish Weekly News & General Advertiser
  15. ^ Church Intelligence, The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Standard (Bury Saint Edmunds, England), 20 December 1887; p. 3; Issue 5491, 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  16. ^ A Book About Roes, The Morning Post, (London, England), 19 October 1869; p. 3; Issue 29910, 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  17. ^ RIRS
  18. ^ Monument details
  19. ^ Rochester Cathedral website
  20. ^ Love, Dickon, "Rochester, Cathedral Church of Christ and The Blessed Virgin Mary", Church Bells of Kent, retrieved 16 March 2018