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