|The Most Revd and Rt Hon
|Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Church||Church of England|
|Province||Province of Canterbury|
|Diocese||Diocese of Canterbury|
|Elected||21 February 1805 (election confirmed), St Mary-le-Bow|
|Term ended||21 July 1828 (death)|
|Other posts||Dean of Peterborough
Bishop of Norwich
Dean of Windsor
in commendam, 1794–1805
|Birth name||Charles Manners|
|Born||17 February 1755|
|Died||21 July 1828
Lambeth Palace, London
|Buried||29 July 1828, St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church, Addington, London|
|Parents||Lord George Manners-Sutton & Diana Chaplin|
|Spouse||Mary Thoroton (m. 1778)|
|Children||2 sons, 10 daughters; incl. Charles, 1st Viscount Canterbury|
|Alma mater||Emmanuel College, Cambridge|
|Ordination history of Charles Manners-Sutton|
|Principal consecrator||John Moore (Canterbury)|
|Co-consecrators||John Hinchliffe (Peterbro'), Jas. Cornwallis (Lich & C.), Richard Beadon (Glo'ster)|
|Date of consecration||8 April 1792|
Manners-Sutton was the fourth son of Lord George Manners-Sutton, third son of John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland. His younger brother was Thomas Manners-Sutton, 1st Baron Manners, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. His father, Lord George, had assumed the additional surname of Sutton in 1762 on inheriting – from his elder brother Lord Robert – the estates of their maternal grandfather Robert Sutton, 2nd Baron Lexinton.
Manners-Sutton was educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge. He married at age 23, and probably eloped with, his cousin Mary Thoroton, daughter of Col. Thomas Thoroton and his wife Mary (Levett) Thoroton of Screveton Hall, Nottinghamshire, in 1778. (Col. Thomas Blackborne Thoroton later moved to Flintham Hall, Flintham, near Screveton, Nottinghamshire. He was later known as Thomas Thoroton Hildyard. Both Thoroton and his stepbrother Levett Blackborne, Esq., a Lincoln's Inn barrister, had long acted as advisers to John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland, and Col. Thoroton was often resided at Belvoir Castle, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Rutland.)
In 1785, Manners-Sutton was appointed to the family living at Averham with Kelham, in Nottinghamshire, and in 1791, became Dean of Peterborough. He was consecrated Bishop of Norwich in 1792, and two years later received the appointment of Dean of Windsor in commendam.
Archbishop of Canterbury
In 1805 he was chosen to succeed John Moore as Archbishop of Canterbury. During his primacy the old archiepiscopal palace at Croydon was sold and the country palace of Addington bought with the proceeds. He presided over the first meeting which issued in the foundation of the National Society, and subsequently lent the scheme his strong support. He also exerted himself to promote the establishment of the Indian episcopate. As archbishop of Canterbury, Manners-Sutton appointed his cousin Evelyn Levett Sutton, a chaplain to Lord Manners, as one of six preachers of Canterbury Cathedral in 1811.
His only published works are two sermons, one preached before the Lords (London, 1794), the other before the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (London, 1797). His son Charles Manners-Sutton served as Speaker of the House of Commons and was created Viscount Canterbury in 1835. His grandson Henry Manners Chichester by his daughter Isabella was a prolific contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography.
- Lambeth Palace Library Research Guide – Places of Confirmation of Election of Archbishops of Canterbury (Accessed 29 July 2013)
- Perceval, A.P. An Apology for the Doctrine of Apostolical Succession: with an Appendix on the English Orders p. 241 (Google Books)
- Mary (Levett) Blackborne Sutton was the widow of London merchant Abraham Blackborne and the daughter of Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London.
- The Primates of the Four Georges, Aldred William Rowden, E.P. Dutton & Co., London, 1916
- Some Account of the Military, Social and Political Life of Right Hon. John Manners, Walter Evelyn Manners, Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1899
- Archaeologia Cantiana, Kent Archaeological Society, Vol. XXI, London, 1895
|Church of England titles|
|Bishop of Norwich
|Archbishop of Canterbury