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Richard Parsons (bishop)

For other people named Richard Parsons, see Richard Parsons (disambiguation).

Richard Godfrey Parsons was an Anglican bishop who served in three dioceses during the first half of the 20th century and a renowned liberal scholar.[1]

Parsonshe was born into a Lancashire family [2] on 12 November 1882 and educated at Durham School and Magdalen College, Oxford.[3] Ordained priest in 1907 he was a curate at Hampstead before four years as Chaplain at University College, Oxford.[4] Principal of Wells Theological College from 1911-16 he was then appointed a chaplain to the forces before two Lancashire incumbencies. Ideally suited to pastoral work he became Bishop of Middleton, a Suffragan appointment in 1927. During this period he was one of several clerics who made a major contribution to the revision of the Book of Common Prayer. A man with much sympathy to the poor[5] he enjoyed his time at the See of Southwark (1932–41) before translation to Hereford.[6] A devoted family man, he married Dorothy Streeter in 1912. His son died in the Siege of Tobruk and he died himself on 26 December 1948.


  1. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Dec 28, 1948; pg. 7; Issue 51264; col E Bishop Of Hereford A Liberal Scholar
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Rawlinson, A. E. J.; rev. Marc Brodie. "Parsons, Richard Godfrey (1882–1948)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). Retrieved 6 November 2009. ...born at Pendleton, Lancashire, on 12 November 1882, the only son of William Parsons, merchant, of Calcutta, who became secretary of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce, and his wife, Bertha Best, of Thetford, Norfolk. Educated at Durham School (1895–1901), he became in 1901 a demy of Magdalen College, Oxford, obtaining in 1903 a second class in honour moderations and in 1905 and 1906 first-class honours in literae humaniores and theology, and being elected to a Liddon studentship. Postgraduate work in Germany was followed by residence at the deanery, Westminster, as the pupil of the dean, J. Armitage Robinson, and at Cuddesdon College. 
  4. ^ Many years later he was appointed a Fellow of the College
  5. ^ Times Obit-Tuesday, Dec 28, 1948 (Ibid)
  6. ^ The Times, Friday, Sep 05, 1941; p. 7, Four Episcopal Appointments New Bishop of Hereford
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Middleton
1927 – 1932
Succeeded by
Cecil Wilfred Wilson
Preceded by
Cyril Forster Garbett
Bishop of Southwark
1932 – 1941
Succeeded by
Bertram Fitzgerald Simpson
Preceded by
Charles Lisle Carr
Bishop of Hereford
1942 – 1948
Succeeded by
Tom Longworth

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