July 17th 2019

By Andrew Gardener

Theresa May’s Father, Reverend Hubert Brasier, was born on 20th August 1917 at 61 Clonmore Street, Wandsworth, London  By 1938, at 21 years old he attended Leeds University.

During WW2, Hubert Brasier heard the call of the Anglican-Catholic Church, and he joined the priests at the Community of the Resurrection Seminary School in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

In years to come, the Community of the Resurrection would become known for the systematic sexual abuse of children at the seminary by the Verona brothers, who were rampant sex offenders in the 1960’s and 1970’s

However, the community of Mirfield and the Community of the Resurrection were a tight-knit unit in the 1940’s. In 1942 he was sent to a new church, in London, shortly after becoming ordained.

In 1952 Hubert, still a bachelor, was 35 years old. As in Mirfield before, celibacy provided more questions than it answered. It is likely the Anglican-Catholic churches history of child abuse is older than just the most recent  years, and it would often be easier for a priest to be married., even if it was for ‘convenience’.

In 1953, Hubert became the Chaplain All Saints at Eastbourne Hospital in Sussex. Over the next 6 years, he would work alongside  Dr John Bodkin Adams.

Adams was believed to be the Harold Shipman of his age. He would usually prey upon his more elderly patients, convincing them to put him in their wills, and over 130  did, conveniently passing away of ‘natural causes’ soon after.

On review, more than 165 of the deaths that Dr Adams oversaw were seen as suspicious.

The suspicion was not a well-kept secret amongst staff at Eastbourne Hospital, most of the nurses had voiced their concerns to their superiors. They were ignored, as the newly founded N.H.S was considered to be under political threat and a scandal that could see a general practitioner sentenced to death was to be avoided.

The problem was Dr Adams just couldn’t stop himself. He was being protected by Lord Gwynne who was believed to be his secret gay lover, and was an extremely well-connected politician.

Dr. Adams, had as his patients Lord Burghley, Admiral Robert Prendergast, the 10th Duke of Devonshire, and Eastbourne’s Chief Constable Richard Walker.

Eastbourne Hospital is where it is believed that Theresa May’s mother Zaidee Mary Barnes met Hubert Brasier for the first time. Hubert was 11 years her senior-and Zaidee had already been diagnosed with MS, and was a regular visitor to Eastbourne Hospital. Today it would not be considered appropriate for a celibate hospital chaplain to marry a patient, but  that is what happened in 1955

Zaidee and Hubert were married in Reading On October 1st 1956 Theresa Brasier was born in Eastbourne hospital.

The next year Dr Adams would be acquitted of murder in a trail that was clearly a cover up, however he was convicted on 8 counts of forging prescriptions. Temporarily struck of the N.H.S, he was reinstated in 1961 when the dust had settled.

Hubert’s Eastbourne Hospital was under the Chichester Diocese. From the 1960’s till the 1990’s this diocese has some of the worst examples of child sexual abuse committed by priests. The numbers and the scope of the phenomenon are truly astounding.

  • Canon Gordon Rideout who was the Vicar of All Saints in Eastbourne was jailed for ten years for 36 separate offences on 16 children between 1962 and 1973.
  • Peter Ball, former Bishop of Lewes was convicted of abuse in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
  • Former priest Keith Wilke Denford of Burgess Hill and organist Michael Mytton were convicted of historic sexual abuse.
  • Vickery House, a former Brighton priest was convicted along with the former Vicar of Brede, Roy Cotton.
  • Former Vicar of St Barnabas in Bexhill was charged and convicted of historic allegations, to name just a few examples.

In 1959, Theresa May’s father was installed as the 1st Vicar of Enstone with Heythrop, deep in the Diocese of Oxford. Quite an achievement, this was a sought after location, he would have been the envy of many of the Anglican-Catholic profession. Hubert was approaching his mid forties and it may be time to settle down .

He lives an unusually quiet life in Enstone for 11 years with only records of baptisms, funerals, and weddings to note his existence.

In 1970 Hubert is moved to be Vicar of Wheatley in Oxfordshire.

On October 12, 1981, Hubert was killed in a car accident on his way to a service at a local church nearby. His Morris Marina edged out of a central reservation and in front of an oncoming Range Rover driven by a Desmond Hampton, chartered surveyor. Hubert Brasier died of head and spinal injuries sustained in the crash and  soon after, Zaidee would pass away. The Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Gardiner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The story doesn’t end there.

Just after Theresa May took over at No.10 her campaign team started to request the deletion of web addresses linked to her father Hubert Brasier!

Any researcher has ‘Wayback Machine’ to help them nowadays. You can go to the archive and find pages that have been deleted, ( if you can work out the original web address).  Copy and paste the Wikipedia page address and add Hubert_Brasier to the end. You will then see Hubert’s Wiki page taken from a screenshot, archived on 17th July 2016. For some reason the people in government, or May herself, do not want you looking into the history of Hubert Brasier. Looking at his Wiki entry there is nothing damning. It’s not a large entry so why was it removed?

We explore more in Part 2!