Arthur Perowne

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Arthur William Thomson Perowne (13 June 1867 – 9 April 1948) was an Anglican bishop in Britain. He was the first Bishop of Bradford and, from 1931, was the Bishop of Worcester.[1]


Arthur Perowne was born into a distinguished ecclesiastical family: his father was John James Stewart Perowne, sometime Bishop of Worcester. He was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College and King's College, Cambridge.[2][3]

Ordained in 1894, he began his ministry as a curate at Hartlebury[4] after which he was Vicar of St Philip and St James Hallow, Rural Dean of Edgbaston,[5] Prebendary of Exeter and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) Archdeacon of Plymouth.

Initially the first Bishop of Bradford (1920-1931), he was translated to Worcester in 1931.[6]

In 1895 he married Helena Frances Oldnall-Russell (1869-1922). They had three sons: Francis Edward Perowne (1898-1988), Stewart Perowne, a diplomat, archaeologist and historian, and Leslie Arthur Perowne (1906-1997), sometime Head of Music at the BBC who was responsible for bringing Albert Ketèlbey out of retirement to conduct a huge BBC Ketèlbey Concert at the Royal Albert Hall prior to World War II.

A keen fisherman,[1] in retirement Arthur Perowne lived in Gloucester with his second wife, Mabel (1886-1968), the second daughter of Thomas Henry Bailey of Wyldcroft in Wokingham, whom he had married in 1926.


  1. ^ a b “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Perowne, Arthur William Thomson (PRWN886AW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford. Feb. 4. (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Monday, Feb 06, 1893; pg. 8; Issue 33867; col D
  4. ^ My ancestors
  5. ^ "St George's Church Edgbaston" 1838 - 1998 Harkness,J.C/Pinkess,J.R.H: Birmingham St George's Edgbaston PCC, July 1998
  6. ^ "New Bishop Of Worcester", The Times, 9 February 1931, p. 12.

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Church of England titles
New diocese Bishop of Bradford
Succeeded by
Alfred Blunt
Preceded by
Ernest Harold Pearce
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
William Wilson Cash