Arthur Parham

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The Rt. Rev.Arthur Grom Parham MC[1] (25 June 1883[2] –10 January 1961[3]) was the Anglican Bishop of Reading[4] from 1942 until 1954. He was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford then Exeter College in the same city and ordained in 1910.

Beginning his ministry with a curacy at Bromley he was then appointed Chaplain of Magdalen College, Oxford. A period interrupted with World War I service as a Chaplain to the Forces during which he was twice Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the MC.

When peace returned he became Rector of Easthampstead, then Rural Dean of Reading[5] and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate) Archdeacon of Berkshire.[6] In retirement he continued to serve the Church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Oxford.


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ Who was Who1897-2007: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Obituary- Rt Rev AG Parham The Times Tuesday, 10 Jan 1961; pg. 10; Issue 54975; col F
  4. ^ The Times, Monday, 1 Jun 1942; pg. 6; Issue 49250; col C Ecclesiastical News: Consecration of the Bishop of Reading
  5. ^ Berkshire Rural Deaneries at the National Archive
  6. ^ Archdeacons of Berkshire
Church of England titles
Preceded by
In abeyance
Bishop of Reading
1942 –1954
Succeeded by
Eric Knell