Godfrey Ashby

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Godfrey Ashby
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Diocese Diocese of Leicester
In office 1988–1995
Successor Bill Down
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Portsmouth (2008–present)
Bishop of St John's (1980–1984)
Ordination 1955 (deacon); 1956 (priest)
Consecration 1980
Personal details
Born (1930-11-06) 6 November 1930 (age 84)
Denomination Anglican
Parents William & Vera Hickey
Spouse Sally Hawtree (m. 1957)
Children 4 sons; 2 daughters
Profession Writer (theologian)
Alma mater King's College London

Godfrey William Ernest Candler Ashby (born 6 November 1930) was the eighth Bishop of St John's[1] in what is now known as Diocese of Mthatha.

Ashby was educated at The King's School, Chester and King's College London.[2] Ordained deacon in 1955 and priest a year later, his first post was as a Curate at St Peter, St Helier, Morden.[3] After a spell as Priest in charge of St Mark Mission[4] he emigrated to South Africa. Here he rose steadily in the church hierarchy, being successively: Subwarden of St Paul's College, Grahamstown; Rector of Alice, Eastern Cape; a senior lecturer in Hebrew at Rhodes University; Dean of Grahamstown and Archdeacon in the Diocese of Grahamstown;[5][6] a Diocesan Bishop; and, finally, Professor of Divinity at the University of the Witwatersrand. Assistant bishop (full-time) Diocese of Leicester 1988-95. In retirement he served the church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of George in South Africa, and continues to serve as Honorary Assistant bishop, Diocese of Portsmouth since 2008.

Bishop Ashby is married to Sally Ashby (née Hawtree), and has six children: Garmon Ashby, John-Mark Ashby, Mary Jackson, Philip Ashby, Ruth Ashby, and Charles Theodoret Ashby.



  1. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jun 25, 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62173; col D Resignation of the Bishop of St John's
  2. ^ various; A & C Black Publishers Ltd (2011). Who's Who 2012. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-4081-4229-5. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Parish details
  4. ^ Church details
  5. ^ Oxford University Press (1976). Crockford's Clerical Directory: A Reference Book of the Clergy of the Provinces of Canterbury and York and of Other Anglican Provinces and Dioceses. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-200008-8. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ashby G.W.E.C.". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 21 Sept 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help) (Subscription required)
  7. ^ Frank Northen Magill; Alison Aves (1998). Dictionary of World Biography. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1140–. ISBN 978-1-57958-040-7. 
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Michael Nuttall
Dean of Grahamstown
Succeeded by
Roy Barker (priest)
Preceded by
James Schuster
Bishop of St John's
Succeeded by
Jacob Dlamini