Godwin Birchenough

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The Very Reverend Godwin Birchenough (Born 27 October 1880 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England) was the only son of Walter Edwin Birchenough and was the grandson of John Birchenough, a prominent Macclesfield silk manufacturer. Godwin Birchenough, who was also a nephew of Sir Henry Birchenough, the President of the British South Africa Company, was educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford.[1] Birchenough was ordained in 1905 and was Vicar of Moor Allerton between 1913 and 1921. He became an honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral in 1933 and in 1941 became Dean of Ripon Cathedral, becoming Dean Emeritus in 1951. An eminent author,[2] he was also vice chairman of the Additional Curates Society between 1934 and 1944. Godwin Birchenough married Edith, daughter of Ernest Keay in 1912, he died on 3 March 1953.[3]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ Human Relationships: a book of sermons - Publisher, A.H Stockwell, 1929
  3. ^ Obituary- The Very Rev. Godwin BirchenoughThe Times Thursday, 5 March 1953; p. 10; Issue 52562; col D
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Mansfield Owen
Dean of Ripon
1941 – 1951
Succeeded by
Frederick Llewelyn Hughes