Harry Carpenter (bishop)

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This article is about the Anglican Bishop. For the sports commentator, see Harry Carpenter.

Harry James Carpenter (b. Liss 20 October 1901 – d. Oxford 24 May 1993) was an English bishop and theologian. He was Warden of Keble College, Oxford (1939–1955) and then 37th Bishop of Oxford[1] (1955[2]–1970.[3]).

Harry Carpenter was educated at Churcher's College and Queens' College, Cambridge;[4] and ordained after a period of study at Cuddesdon College in 1928.[5] His first post was a curacy in Leatherhead.[6]

Carpenter married Urith Monica Trevelyan, a teacher. Their son was the eminent biographer, writer, and radio broadcaster, Humphrey Carpenter.

From 1962 to 1970, Carpenter he lived in the village of Cuddesdon, where there had historically been a bishop's palace, but his successors found this impractical and in 1978 the bishops reverted to living within the city.[7] He initiated the ecumenical discussions which eventually resulted in the building of the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in Milton Keynes.

There is a parish school named after Carpenter in the Oxfordshire village of North Newington.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Diocesan web site
  2. ^ Bishop Of Oxford Nominated. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 08, 1954; pg. 8; Issue 53109
  3. ^ News in Brief. The Times (London, England), Saturday, Sep 12, 1970; pg. 14; Issue 57969
  4. ^ Who was Who 1897-2007 London: A & C Black (1991) ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth: Church House (1976) ISBN (invalid) 0108153674, alternate version: ISBN 0-19-200008-X, OCLC 25885092, OCLC 59162245
  6. ^ The Independent obituary
  7. ^ New home is 'no palace' | the Door

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Warden of Keble College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Kenneth E. Kirk
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Kenneth John Woollcombe