Spencer Carpenter

Spencer Cecil Carpenter (3 November 1877 - 19 August 1959) was an Anglican priest and author.[1] He was the Dean of Exeter in the Church of England from 1950 to 1960.[2]

Carpenter was educated at University College School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[3] He was ordained in 1903[4] and began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St Paul’s, Walworth. He was successively Vice-Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge; Warden of the Gonville and Caius College Mission in Battersea then Fellow and Tutor of Selwyn College, Cambridge. From 1922 to 1930 he was Vicar and Rural Dean of Bolton. An Honorary Chaplain to the King, he was Professor of Theology at Queen’s College, Harley Street until his appointment to the Deanery.


  • A Parson’s Defence, 1912
  • Christianity according to St Luke, 1919
  • A Large Room, 1923
  • The Anglican Tradition, 1928
  • The Church and Politics, 1934
  • The Bible View of Life, 1937
  • Faith in Time of War, 1940
  • Exeter Cathedral, 1942
  • Life of Bishop Winnington-Ingram, 1949
  • The Church in England, 597–1688, 1954
  • Eighteenth Century Church and People, 1959
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Walter Robert Matthews
Dean of Exeter
1935– 1950
Succeeded by
Alexander Ross Wallace

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