Arthur Preston (bishop)

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Arthur Llewellyn Preston (1883 – 1936) was the third Bishop of Woolwich.[1] Born in 1883 into a distinguished family[2] and educated at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, he was ordained in 1905. His first post was at St Mark’s, Plumstead [3] after which he was Vicar at St James the Great, Bethnal Green .[4] A much respected Rural Dean of Lewisham and later Archdeacon of Lewisham[5] he was appointed a Cathedral Canon by the Bishop of Southwark in 1930 and Suffragan Bishop two years later. In 1936 he died whilst aboard his brother’s yacht.[6] At his memorial service he was described by his fellow Bishop Edgar Priestley Swain[7] as

“ A man of great gifts, one of the most thoroughly human persons I have ever known”[8]



  1. ^ Bishopric Of Woolwich The Vicar Of Lewisham Appointed (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Thursday, Nov 03, 1932; pg. 12; Issue 46281; col D
  2. ^ His brother Sir Walter was the Member of Parliament for Mile End then Cheltenham between the wars -Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Details of parish Archived August 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ History of church
  5. ^ Who’s Who (ibid)
  6. ^ The Bishop Of Woolwich Death In A Yacht (Obituaries) The Times Tuesday, Jul 21, 1936; pg. 18; Issue 47432; col D
  7. ^ Suffragan Bishop of Burnley
  8. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Jul 29, 1936; pg. 14; Issue 47439; col E The Bishop Of Woolwich Tribute by the Bishop of Burnley
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Woodcock Hough
Bishop of Woolwich
1932 – 1936
Succeeded by
Leslie Hamilton Lang