Alfred Berkeley (bishop)

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Alfred Pakenham Berkeley[1] (9 March 1862 – 15 May 1938) was an English divine: Bishop of Barbados and the Windward Islands from 1917 to[2] 1927; and Bishop of the Windward Islands from 1927 to 1930.[3]

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

Alfred Berkeley was the son of R. Fitzharding Berkeley, rector of Saint Philip, Barbados and canon.[4] Educated at Harrison College and Codrington College, he was ordained deacon 1885 and priest in 1886. He became curate of Saint George, Antigua and Barbuda.[4] In 1887 he became vicar of All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda, and in 1888 curate of Saint Philip, Barbados.[4] From 1891 to 1901 he was vicar of Holy Innocents, Barbados.[4] Rector of Saint Philip from 1901 to 1907 and dean and rector of Saint Michael, Barbados from 1907 to 1917,[4] Berkeley was elected to be bishop and was consecrated in St. Michael’s Cathedral, Barbados on 12 August 1917.[5]

On his retirement as Bishop of Barbados and the Windward Islands in 1927 he was elected as the first bishop of the Diocese of the Windward Islands, which since its formation in 1877 had been administered by the Bishop of Barbados. He was also appointed Rector of St George's Cathedral in Kingstown, St Vincent.[6]

He is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.


  1. ^ "Alfred Pakenham Berkeley, by Unknown photographer - NPG x9038". National Portrait Gallery website
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1929/30 p1432: Oxford, OUP, 1929
  3. ^ BERKELEY, Rt Rev. Alfred Pakenham’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 24 Sept 2014
  4. ^ a b c d e Obituary, The Times, 16 May 1927
  5. ^ Bishops of Barbados: Alfred Berkeley
  6. ^ "A Short History of the Diocese of the Windward Islands". St George's Cathedral, Kingstown. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Proctor Swaby
Bishop of Barbados and the Windward Islands
Succeeded by
David Bentley
New title Bishop of the Windward Islands
Succeeded by
Vibert Jackson