Michael Stancliffe

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The Very Reverend
Michael Stancliffe
MA
Dean of Winchester
In office
1969–1986
Personal details
Born 8 April 1916
Died 26 March 1987
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Barbara Elizabeth née Tatlow
Alma mater Haileybury; Trinity College, Oxford
Religion Church of England

Michael Staffurth Stancliffe[1] (8 April 1916 – 26 March 1987) was a Church of England priest who served as the Dean of Winchester from 1969 to 1986.

Career[edit]

Stancliffe was ordained in 1941 and was a curate at St James', Southbroom, Devizes 1940–43 [2] before becoming the priest in charge at Ramsbury 1943–44 and then curate of Cirencester and priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity, Watermoor, 1944–49.[3]

He was then a Master and Chaplain at Westminster School 1949–57 and also Preacher to Lincoln’s Inn, 1954–57.[4] Following this he was Rector of St Margaret's, Westminster, a Canon of Westminster Abbey 1957–69, and Speaker’s Chaplain 1961–69[5] before his elevation to the Deanery of Winchester.

He was a member of General Synod 1970–80 and Chairman of the Council for Places of Worship, 1972–75; Fellow of Winchester College 1973.[6] He was also considered for the post of Bishop of Carlisle.[7]

Personal life[edit]

His son, David Stancliffe, was the Bishop of Salisbury.[8] His daughter, Claire Stancliffe, is the author of research on the cult of St Martin and early Irish Christianity.

Notes[edit]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Oswin Harvard Gibbs-Smith
Dean of Winchester
1969 – 1986
Succeeded by
Trevor Randall Beeson