Charles Ridgeway was born into an ecclesiastical family: his father, Joseph Ridgeway, MA, was Vicar of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells. He was educated at St Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge. Ordained in 1866, he spent a Curacy at Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells  before becoming Vicar of North Malvern, Rector of Buckhurst Hill, Vicar of Christchurch Lancaster Gate and Rural Dean of Paddington. From 1891-1894 he was a member of the London School Board, representing the Marylebone Division.
After two years (1906–1908) as Dean of Carlisle he was raised to the Episcopate as Bishop of Chichester in 1908. After his death his wife presented his Pectoral Cross to the Cathedral Library and commissioned a memorial to him which can be seen in the nave.
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