Frederic Iremonger

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The Very Rev Frederic Athelwold Iremonger, DD [1] (1878-15 September 1952), was an eminent Anglican priest in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

Dr Iremonger was born the third son of William Henry (1845-1911) and Mary Sophia Iremonger of Wherwell Priory Hampshire, who were first-cousins, and educated at Clifton and Keble College, Oxford.[3] Ordained in 1906[4] he began his career with a curacy at All Saints', Poplar[5] after which he was Priest in charge at St Nicholas, Blackwall.[6] Later he was Vicar of St James the Great, Bethnal Green[7] and then Rector of Quarley.

In 1918 he accompanied Dr Cosmo Lang then Archbishop of York as chaplain and secretary on an important mission to the USA. On his return he joined and became chairman in 1919 (president in 1922) of the Life and Liberty Movement begun by Dr William Temple and Dick Sheppard in 1917.[8]

In 1923 he came to London to take up his appointment as editor of the Guardian, a Church of England weekly newsletter. However his strengths lay in writing rather than in administration of a newspaper and after four years he resigned and returned to a country parish.[8]

He was appointed Director of Religion at the BBC in 1933 where he had "immense success" bringing about a notable rise in the standard of religious broadcasting and being appointed an Honorary Chaplain to the King in 1936.[9] He held his post at the BBC until 1939 when having exceeded the BBC's age limit (60) he again retired to a small country parish.[8]

Within a few months Dr Iremonger was elevated to the Deanery of Lichfield Cathedral.[10] "He did not settle down easily to Cathedral life and its traditions".[8] He died in that post, aged 73, on 15 September 1952. "His strong and attractive character and undemonstrative piety impressed all who knew him and gained him a host of friends".[8]

His biography of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, published in 1948 "earned much praise and deserved much gratitude".[8]

Publications (selected)[edit]

  • William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury - his life and letters. Oxford University Press. 1948. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  3. ^ Who was Who; 1897-1990. London: A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ The Clergy List 1913. London: Kelly’s, 1913
  5. ^ Parish web site
  6. ^ London’s Past Online
  7. ^ EoLHS
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary Dr. F. A. Iremonger Dean of Lichfield", The Times; Tuesday, Sep 16, 1952; pg. 8; Issue 52418; col F
  9. ^ "His Majesty's Household Appointments by the King, Full List of Officers", The Times; Tuesday, Jul 21, 1936; pg. 11; Issue 47432; col A
  10. ^ "New Dean of Lichfield Dr. F. A. Iremonger", The Times; Thursday, Jun 01, 1939; pg. 14; Issue 48320; col F
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Edwin Savage
Dean of Lichfield
1939 –1952
Succeeded by
William Stuart MacPherson