Wentworth Leigh

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James Wentworth Leigh (22 January 1838-5 January 1923) was an Anglican priest in the last decade of the 19th century and the first two of the 20th.[1]

Born into a noble family (his father was Lord Leigh from 1839), he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2][3] He was ordained in 1862 [4] and became Curate of St John the Baptist, Bromsgrove. Two years later he was appointed Vicar of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Later he held incumbencies at All Saints Leamington and St Mary's, Bryanston Square.[5] In 1894[6] he was appointed to the Deanery of Hereford Cathedral and retired in 1919.


  1. ^ Dr. J. W. Leigh. An Unconventional Dean The Times Saturday, Jan 06, 1923; pg. 11; Issue 43232; col B
  2. ^ "Leigh, James Wentworth (LH857JW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "Who was Who"1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ thePeerage.com
  6. ^ New Dean of Hereford The Rev. the Hon. James Wentworth Leigh The Times Wednesday, Apr 04, 1894; pg. 10; Issue 34229; col C

Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Herbert
Dean of Hereford
Succeeded by
Reginald Waterfield

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