He was ordained a priest in 1825 and in 1832 appointed vicar of Ravensthorpe, Northamptonshire, resigning in 1835. He was also made a domestic chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford in 1832. He was awarded DD (Doctor of Divinity) in 1842
He served as Headmaster of Charterhouse School from 1832 to 1853 and was then Dean of Peterborough from 1853 until his death. In 1872 he declined the Deanery of Winchester.
He married Emma Frances Walford in 1838 and had 10 children.
- Persons: Saunders, Augustus Page (1825–1835) in "CCEd, the Clergy of the Church of England database" (Accessed online, 5 February 2014)
- "Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough dioceses". British History Online. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Library Archive". Royal Society. Retrieved 9 May 2013.