|Dedication on St.Katharine Window|
|St. Katharine. North aisle|
Katharine Talfourd was born in 1833 in Bloomsbury, London. She never married and lived most of her life either with her parents or her younger brother William. In 1861 she was living in Margate, Kent with her mother, Rachel at "Retreat" St.Peter's Road. After her mother's death in 1875 she went to live with her brother, William Wordsworth Talfourd at the Rectory in Winceby, Lincolnshire where William was the Rector.
|The Rectory at Thundersley where Katharine lived with her brother.|
|The young Sir Thomas|
At the general election in 1835 he was elected MP for the Parliamentary Borough of Reading, a result repeated in the general election of 1837. He chose not to run in the general election of 1841, but ran again in the general election of 1847 and was elected again. In the House of Commons he introduced a Copyright Bill in 1837; his speech on this subject was considered the most telling made in the House during that session. However, the dissolution of Parliament in 1837 following the death of William IV meant that the Bill had to be reintroduced in the new Parliament in 1838. By that time, the bill met with strong opposition and did not pass that year. Talfourd re-introduced the Bill again in 1839, 1840 and 1841, the Bill failing to pass in each of those years. It finally became law in 1842, albeit in a greatly modified form, and at a time when Talfourd was not in Parliament. Charles Dickens dedicated The Pickwick Papers to Talfourd. Sir Thomas was also a respected literary figure and the author of both plays and literary criticism. He was an early champion of the works of the poet William Wordsworth and named his own son after him. Another of his sons was Francis (Frank) Talfourd (1828-1862) a successful dramatist famous for his burlesques of Shakespeare and classical subjects.
|Sir Thomas Noon Talford|
|South Aisle window dedicated to William Wordsworth Talfourd|