Arthur Perowne

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Arthur Perowne
Bishop of Worcester
DioceseDiocese of Worcester
In office1931–1941
PredecessorErnest Pearce
SuccessorWilliam Wilson Cash
Other post(s)Archdeacon of Plymouth (&c.; 1918–1920)
Bishop of Bradford (1920–1931)
Ordination1893 (deacon); 1894 (priest)
by his father
by Cosmo Gordon Lang
Personal details
Born(1867-06-13)13 June 1867
Died9 April 1948(1948-04-09) (aged 80)
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
ParentsJohn Perowne & Anne Woolrych
Spouse1) Helena Oldnall Russell (m. 1895; she d. 1922)
2) Mabel Bailey (m. 1926; wid. 1948)
Children3 sons, incl. Stewart
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge

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]

Birth family and education[edit]

Perowne was born into a distinguished ecclesiastical family: he was the fourth son of John Perowne, sometime Bishop of Worcester and Anna Woolrych,[1] his uncles Thomas and Edward were Archdeacon of Norwich and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge respectively and his first-cousin Thomas also Archdeacon of Norwich. He was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College and King's College, Cambridge (he was admitted 4 October 1886, matriculated that Michaelmas, and gained the degrees of Bachelor of Arts {BA, 1889}, Cambridge Master of Arts {MA(Cantab), 1893}, and Doctor of Divinity {DD, 1920}).[2][3]


Having been assistant master at Magdalen College Choir School, Oxford since 1890, Perowne was ordained a deacon on Trinity Sunday (28 May) 1893[4] and a priest on Trinity Sunday (20 May) 1894 (both times by his father, the Bishop of Worcester, in Worcester Cathedral),[5] beginning his ministry with his title post as a curate at Hartlebury, Worcestershire[6] (being also a chaplain to his father, the Bishop).[1] His first incumbency was as Vicar of St Philip & St James, Hallow, Worcestershire (1901–1904),[2] after which he became Vicar of St George's Edgbaston, Warwickshire from 1904,[7] Rural Dean of Edgbaston[8] from 1905 and an honorary canon of Birmingham Cathedral from 1912.

In 1913, he left all three posts in Warks for Devon, where he became Vicar of St Andrew's, Plymouth; he became additionally Rural Dean for the Three Towns (i.e. the wider Borough of Plymouth), 1914–1918, a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral from 1917, Archdeacon of Plymouth from 1918, and a Chaplain to the King from 1918, remaining as Vicar of Plymouth throughout, until he relinquished them all in 1920.[2]


His appointment to become Bishop of Bradford, the first bishop diocesan of the new Diocese of Bradford, was announced on 12 December 1919,[9] and he was ordained and consecrated a bishop by Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archbishop of York, at York Minster on Candlemas (2 February) 1910.[10] He was translated to become Bishop of Worcester (in which See his father had served until 1901) in 1931[11] and retired in 1941.[2]

Marriages, family and death[edit]

In 1895, he married Helena Frances Oldnall-Russell (1869–1922). They had three sons:[2] 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] he lived retirement in Gloucester (where he died)[12] with his second wife, Mabel (1886–1968), the second daughter of Thomas Henry Bailey of Wyldcroft in Wokingham, whom he had married in 1926.[2]

Family tree[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Perowne, Arthur William Thomson". Who's Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 16 April 2017. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Perowne, Arthur William Thomson (PRWN886AW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford. 4 Feb.. (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times, Monday 6 February 1893; p. 8; Issue 33867; col. D
  4. ^ "Ordinations on Trinity Sunday". Church Times (#1585). 9 June 1893. p. 619. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 April 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Ordinations on Sunday last". Church Times (#1635). 25 May 1894. p. 565. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 April 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ My ancestors
  7. ^ Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn). London: The Field Press. p. 166.
  8. ^ "St George's Church Edgbaston" 1838 – 1998 Harkness, J. C./Pinkess, J. R. H.: Birmingham, St George's Edgbaston PCC, July 1998
  9. ^ "First Bishop of Bradford: Appointment of the Archdeacon of Plymouth". Church Times (#2968). 12 December 1919. p. 567. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 April 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  10. ^ "The See of Bradford: Consecration of the First Bishop". Church Times (#2976). 6 February 1920. p. 146. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 April 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  11. ^ "New Bishop of Worcester", The Times, 9 February 1931, p. 12
  12. ^ "in memoriam: Arthur William Thomson Perowne, Bishop". Church Times (#4445). 16 April 1948. p. 220. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 April 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.

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Church of England titles
New diocese Bishop of Bradford
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Preceded by
Bishop of Worcester
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