Charles Carr (bishop)

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Carr in 1922

Charles Lisle Carr (26 September 1871 – 20 May 1942) was an Anglican clergyman who served as the second bishop of the restored see of Coventry in the modern era and the 107th Bishop of Hereford in a long line stretching back to the 7th century.

Early life[edit]

Carr was born in Alnwick, Northumberland, the younger son of Robert Carr.[1] He was educated at Liverpool College, and St Catharine's, Cambridge,[1] to which college he was elected a Fellow in 1934.[2][3] After university he took Holy Orders at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and embarked on a varied clerical career that took him to many urban locations.[4]

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

Carr was curate of Aston-juxta-Birmingham, 1894–97; Redditch, 1897; Tutor of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, 1897–1902; Vicar of St Sepulchre, Cambridge, 1901–02; Vicar of Blundellsands, Liverpool, 1902–06;[5] Rector of Woolton, Liverpool, 1906–12; Vicar of Yarmouth 1912–20; Archdeacon of Norfolk, 1916–18; Archdeacon of Norwich, 1918–20; Vicar of Sheffield, 1920–22; Honorary Canon of Sheffield Cathedral, 1920; Archdeacon of Sheffield, 1920–22; Bishop of Coventry, 1922–31; Bishop of Hereford, 1931–41.[1]


In 1902, Carr married Isabel Wortley, daughter of Thomas Drury, the principal of Ridley Hall. They had one son.[1] Carr retired in 1941, dying the following February. His wife survived him by 22 years.[6]

Carr was an active Freemason in the City of Coventry [7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Carr, Rt Rev. Charles Lisle", Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2007, accessed 23 June 2012 (subscription required)
  2. ^ "University News: College Elections At Cambridge", The Times, 21 June 1934, p. 16
  3. ^ "Carr, Charles Lisle (CR889CL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Obituary, The Times, 4 February 1942, p. 7
  5. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 3 April 1902. (36732), p. 5.
  6. ^ "Death of Mrs Isabel Carr", The Times, 5 November 1964, p. 14
  7. ^ " Famous Coventry Freemasons"
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Herbert Gresford Jones
Archdeacon of Sheffield
Succeeded by
John Russell Darbyshire
Preceded by
Huyshe Wolcott Yeatman-Biggs
Bishop of Coventry
Succeeded by
Mervyn George Haigh
Preceded by
Martin Linton Smith
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Richard Godfrey Parsons