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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.


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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