Geoffrey Lunt

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The Rt Rev Geoffrey Charles Lester Lunt[1] (1885–1948) was an eminent Anglican priest in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

Born into an ecclesiastical family[3] and educated at Sherborne and Exeter College, Oxford[4] he was ordained in 1909. His first post was as Curate at Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol,[5] after which he was Secretary of the CMS for Public Schools and Young People’s Work then Vicar of St Paul’s, Bedminster. A Chaplain to the Forces in France during the Great War[6] he was awarded the Military Cross in 1917. When peace returned he became Vicar of All Saints, Northampton then Archdeacon of Egypt. From 1928 he was Vicar of St Mary’s, Portsea, Portsmouth, the largest parish of the city.[7] before his elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Ripon.[8] He was translated to Salisbury in 1946[9] and died in post two years later.[10]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ Genealogical web-site
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ London Gazette
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  8. ^ New Bishop Of Ripon Canon Lunt Appointed The Times Monday, 29 October 1934; p. 14; Issue 46897; col F
  9. ^ Ecclesiastical News Confirmation Of Bishop Of Salisbury's Election The Times Thursday, 10 October 1946; p. 7; Issue 50578; col C
  10. ^ The Times, Saturday, 18 December 1948; p. 6; Issue 51258; col G Obituary Bishop Of Salisbury
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edward Arthur Burroughs
Bishop of Ripon
1935 – 1946
Succeeded by
George Armitage Chase
Preceded by
Neville Lovett
Bishop of Salisbury
1946 – 1948
Succeeded by
William Louis Anderson