Bernard Pawley

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Bernard Clinton Pawley[1] was an Anglican priest.

He was born on 24 January 1911,[2] educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford and ordained in 1936.[3] After curacies in Stoke on Trent and Leeds he was a chaplain to the British Armed Forces between 1940 and 1945. When peace returned he was Rector of Elland and then a canon residentiary at Ely Cathedral.[4] After a brief spell in a similar role at St Paul’s Cathedral he was appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury in 1972, a post he held for nine years. A noted commentator on Vatican affairs,[5] he died on 15 November 1981.[6]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  4. ^ Cathedral fact sheet Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Amongst others he wrote “Looking at the Vatican Council”, 1962; “Anglican-Roman Relations”, 1964; “The Second Vatican Council”, 1967; and “Rome and Canterbury through Four Centuries”, 1975 > British Library website accessed 19 September 2010
  6. ^ The Times, 17 November 1981; pg. 12; Issue 61084; col G The Ven Bernard Pawley

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael John Nott
Archdeacon of Canterbury
1972 –- 1981
Succeeded by
John Arthur Simpson