Winfrid Burrows

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The Rt. Rev. Winfrid Oldfield Burrows, DD[1] (9 November 1858 – 13 February 1929 was the Bishop of Truro[2] and later Chichester[3] in the first third of the 20th century.

Born into an ecclesiastical family,[4] he was educated at Eton and Corpus Christi College, Oxford and ordained in 1888.[5] Appointed a Tutor at Christ Church, Oxford in 1883[6] he was later Principal of the Leeds Clergy School[7] and after that Vicar of Holy Trinity in the same city. He was vicar of St Augustine's Church, Edgbaston from 1903 to 1912 and was promoted to be Archdeacon of Birmingham in 1904 four years later he turned down the post of Archbishop of Cape Town[8] before accepting the Truro See in 1912. In a strange twist of fate William Champion Streatfeild,[9] his Suffragan at the time of his death, died three days after him.[10]

The bishop was a High Churchman and while Bishop of Truro emphasised the importance of the services of the Book of Common Prayer; a book of services for special occasions which he compiled and authorised was entirely based on the contents of the prayer book and on Scripture.[11]


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  2. ^ Papers from this time within The National Archives
  3. ^ Diocese web site
  4. ^ His father was The Rev. Canon H W Burrows, Residentiary at Rochester > Who was Who 1897–1990. London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory. London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  6. ^ The Times; Wednesday, 19 Dec 1883; pg. 10; Issue 31007; col B "University Intelligence"
  7. ^ The Times; Thursday, 24 Sep 1891; pg. 7; Issue 33438; col E "Ecclesiastical Intelligence"
  8. ^ The Times; Wednesday, 25 Nov 1908; pg. 6; Issue 38813; col D "The Archbishopric Of Cape Town"
  9. ^ Father of the novelist Noel Streatfeild
  10. ^ "The Bishop of Lewes. Long Service in Sussex Parishes". The Times; Saturday, 16 Feb 1929; pg. 7; Issue 45129; col A
  11. ^ Brown, H. M. (1976) A Century for Cornwall. Truro: Oscar Blackford; p. 70

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles William Stubbs
Bishop of Truro
Succeeded by
Frederic Sumpter Guy Warman
Preceded by
Charles John Ridgeway
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
George Kennedy Allen Bell