Edward Hardcastle (priest)

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Edward Hoare Hardcastle (6 March 1862 – 20 May 1945[1][2]) was an Anglican clergyman in the first half of the 20th century.[3]

Son of Conservative politician Edward Hardcastle, Harcastle was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge[4] and ordained in 1887.[5] After a curacy at St George’s Ramsgate[6] he was Vicar of Weston, Bath. From 1901 to 1904 he was Rector[7] of St Martin's Church, Canterbury. During this time he married the Hon Alice Goschen, second daughter of the 1st Viscount Goschen.[8] He was subsequently Vicar of Maidstone.[9] In 1924 he was appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury, a post he held until 1939. He was a keen sportsman.[10]

His daughter, Monica Alice Hardcastle, was assistant advisor in religious education for the Diocese of Chichester from 1931 to 1948 and then Principal of St Christopher’s College, Blackheath until her retirement in 1963.[1]


  1. ^ a b “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Obituary The Times Tuesday, May 22, 1945; pg. 7; Issue 50148; col C
  3. ^ thePeerage.com
  4. ^ "Hardcastle, Edward Hoare (HRDL880EH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  6. ^ Church website
  7. ^ Historic Canterbury
  8. ^ Court Circular The Times Wednesday, Jun 13, 1900; pg. 9; Issue 36167; col F
  9. ^ "Short Guide to the Ancient Collegiate and Parish Church of All Saints, Maidstone" Hardcastle,E.H: Walter Ruck, Maidstone, 1922
  10. ^ Played twice for Kent
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Leonard Jauncey White-Thomson
Archdeacon of Canterbury
1924 –- 1939
Succeeded by
Thomas Karl Sopwith