Alwyn Williams (bishop)

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Alwyn Williams
Bishop of Winchester
Diocese Diocese of Winchester
In office 1952–1961
Predecessor Mervyn Haigh
Successor Falkner Allison
Other posts Headmaster of Winchester College (1924–1934)
Dean of Christ Church (1934–1939)
Bishop of Durham (1939–1952)
Ordination 1913 (deacon); 1914 (priest)
by Charles Gore
Consecration 1969
by William Temple
Personal details
Born (1888-07-20)20 July 1888
Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died 18 February 1968(1968-02-18) (aged 79)
Charmouth, Dorset, UK
Buried Winchester Cathedral
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents John Williams & Adeline née Peter
Spouse Margaret née Stewart (m. 1914; she d. 1958)
Profession headteacher
Alma mater Jesus College, Oxford

Alwyn Terrell Petre Williams (20 July 1888 – 18 February 1968)[1] was Bishop of Durham (1939–1952)[2] and then Bishop of Winchester (1952–1961).[3]

Family and education[edit]

Born the eldest son of John (a physician) and Adeline (née Peter) Williams, at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire,[4] he was educated at Rossall School and then went up to Jesus College, Oxford, where he had a remarkable career. He was a Scholar of his college and took a Triple First in Classical Moderations (1908), Greats (1910), and Modern History (1911), having won the Gladstone Historical Essay in 1909. He was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford for the period 1911–1918. Williams married Margaret, née Stewart, of Perthshire,[1] on 23 August 1914; they had no children, and she died in 1958.[4]


He was ordained deacon on St Thomas' day (21 December) 1913[5] and priest on 20 December 1914[6] — both times by Charles Gore, Bishop of Oxford, at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford[5][6] — and soon moved to Winchester College, where he was Assistant Master (1915–1916), Second Master (1916–1924), and Headmaster (1924–1934), having meanwhile been appointed an Honorary Canon of Winchester Cathedral in 1928 and Chaplain to George V in 1931, both of which he gave up in 1934, when he was then appointed Dean of Christ Church.[1]

He remained there until 1939, when he was appointed to the episcopate, first as Bishop of Durham (1939–1952) and then as Bishop of Winchester and Prelate to the Order of the Garter (1952–1961).[1] He was ordained (consecrated) a bishop on Lady Day (25 March) 1939, by William Temple, Archbishop of York, in York Minster;[7] his nomination to Winchester was announced on 14 March 1952.[8] He was also the Chairman of the committee that eventually produced the New English Bible (1950–1961).[1] An unobtrusive but much respected cleric,[9] he retired to Charmouth, Dorset, and died at home there seven years later,[10] his funeral service being at Winchester Cathedral.[11] He had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD) several times over — from Oxford in 1925, Durham and St Andrews in 1939, and Glasgow in 1951 — and a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Southampton in 1962.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Williams, Alwyn Terrell Petre. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, 6 February 1939; p. 15; Issue 48222; col G Ecclesiastical News The New Bishop of Durham
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday, 28 January 1961; p. 6; Issue 54991; col E Bishop To Resign Dr. Williams Leaving Winchester
  4. ^ a b "Williams, Alwyn Terrell Petre". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36914.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ a b "The Advent Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#2657). 24 December 1913. p. 896. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b "Advent Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#2709). 24 December 1914. p. 668. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "The Bishop of Durham's consecration. (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3975). 31 March 1939. p. 338. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Bishopric of Winchester — Dr. Williams nominated (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4649). 14 March 1952. p. 181. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 13 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ A. T. P. Williams Former Bishop of Winchester (Obituaries) The Times Tuesday, 20 February 1968; p. 10; Issue 57180; col E
  10. ^ "in memoriam — Bishop Alwyn Williams: Durham & Winchester (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5480). 23 February 1968. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 13 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ The Times, Friday, 23 February 1968; p. 10; Issue 57183; col D
Academic offices
Preceded by
Montague Rendall
Headmaster of Winchester College
Succeeded by
Spencer Leeson
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hensley Henson
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Michael Ramsey
Preceded by
Mervyn Haigh
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Falkner Allison