Peter Hinchliff

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Peter Bingham Hinchliff (25 February 1929 - 17 October 1995) was a South African Anglican priest and academic. He was the Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford from 1992 to 1995.

Early life[edit]

Hinchliff was born in South Africa on 25 February 1929 to an Anglican priest who had moved to the country in 1914.[1] He studied at Rhodes University, before moving to England.[2] There he matriculated into Trinity College, Oxford, where he studied theology under Austin Farrer.[1] Returning to South Africa, he attended St Paul’s Theological College, Grahamstown before his ordination.[2]


Religious life[edit]

Hinchliff was ordained deacon 1952 and priest in 1953. His first posting was as a curate in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape Province.[2] From 1955 to 1959, he was sub-warden of his alma mater, St Paul's College, Grahamstown. In 1964, he was appointed a Canon and Chancellor of Grahamstown Cathedral.[1]

In 1974, it was suggested that he was a candidate for the position of Archbishop of Cape Town, however Bill Burnett was eventually appointed.[3] In January 1992, he was appointed a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral.[4]

Academic career[edit]

From 1957 to 1959, Hinchliff was a Lecturer in Comparative Religion at Rhodes University. In 1960, he was appointed Professor of Ecclesiastical History.[2] He resigned the position in 1969 in protest against apartheid that had worsened with the passing of the Separate Representation of Voters Amendment Act, 1968.[5]

In January 1992, Hinchliff was appointed Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Fellow of Christ Church College, Oxford.[4]



  1. ^ a b c "The Rev Professor Peter Hinchliff; Obituary". The Times. 24 October 1995. p. 21. 
  2. ^ a b c d Morgan, Robert (21 October 1995). "Obituary: The Rev Professor Peter Hinchliff". The Independent. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Times Diary: Contender". The Times (59077). 30 April 1974. p. 16. 
  4. ^ a b "University news". The Times. 8 January 1992. p. 14. 
  5. ^ "Stand against tyranny: Obituary of Peter Hinchliff". The Guardian. 17 November 1995. p. 19.