Campbell Hone

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Campbell Hone
Bishop of Wakefield
Diocese Diocese of Wakefield
In office 1938–1945
Predecessor James Seaton
Successor Henry McGowan
Other posts Archdeacon of Pontefract, Canon of Wakefield and Bishop of Pontefract (1931–1938)
Ordination 1898
Consecration c. 1931
Personal details
Born (1873-09-13)13 September 1873
Died 16 May 1967(1967-05-16) (aged 93)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Evelyn (a priest)
Spouse Emily née Weaver
Children one son, two daughters
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford

Campbell Richard Hone[1] (13 September 1873 – 16 May 1967)[2] was an eminent Anglican bishop in the second quarter of the 20th century.

Early life[edit]

He was born into an ecclesiastical family – his father was Evelyn J. Hone,[3] sometime Vicar of Esher – educated at Blackheath Proprietary School[4] and Wadham College, Oxford (where he was a Exhibitioner, and proceeded Oxford Master of Arts {MA(Oxon)}) and ordained in 1898.[3]

Priestly career[edit]

After a period as Curate at Holy Trinity, Habergham Eaves (1898–1902), he was appointed Domestic Chaplain to Rodney Eden, Bishop of Wakefield (1902–1905).[3][5] From 1905 to 1909 he was Vice Principal of Leeds Clergy School, becoming additionally an Examining Chaplain to Eden as Bishop of Wakefield (1907–1928); after Leeds, he was Vicar of Pellon (1909–1915) and then of Brighouse (1916–1920), during which time he became also an honorary canon of Wakefield Cathedral (1918–1920). In 1920 he crossed over to the Diocese of York, becoming Rector of Whitby (1920–1930) and a Prebendary of York Minster (1926–1930), and serving that diocese as a Proctor in Convocation (1925–1930).[3]

Episcopal career[edit]

In 1931, he was appointed to return to Wakefield diocese to be simultaneously: Archdeacon of Pontefract, a canon residentiary of Wakefield Cathedral, and the first Bishop suffragan of Pontefract, appointed to assist James Seaton, diocesan Bishop of Wakefield.[3] He was ordained a bishop by William Temple, Archbishop of York, in York Minster on the Purification of the Blessed Virgin (2 February) 1931; among the bishops co-consecrators were Seaton; Eden (the previous Bishop of Wakefield); George Frodsham, Vicar of Halifax and former Bishop of North Queensland; Lucius Smith, Bishop of Knaresborough; Atherton Rawstorne, Bishop of Whalley; Henry Woollcombe, Bishop of Whitby; and Bernard Heywood, assistant bishop in York and a former Bishop of Southwell; and Hugh Bright, Archdeacon of Stafford preached.[6] When Seaton died during the 1938 jubilee celebrations of their diocese's erection in 1888, Temple commissioned Hone to act up as diocesan bishop, and he was soon chosen to succeed Seaton and translated to the diocesan See of Wakefield.[7] He retired in 1945.[8]

Family, honours and pursuits[edit]

Hone married Emily, a daughter of a physician named F. P. Weaver, and they had a son and two daughters. He was made an honorary fellow of his alma mater, Wadham, in 1939; wrote a Life of Dr John Radcliffe, 1652–1714 (published 1950); and gained a Doctor of Divinity (DD) degree from Lambeth. At his death, he resided at North Oxford.[3]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ Obituary-Bishop Hone The Times Wednesday, 17 May 1967; pg. 10; Issue 56943; col F
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hone, Campbell Richard. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 15 December 2016.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  4. ^ "The World of Donald McGill" Buckland,E: London, Blandford, 1990 ISBN 0-7137-1400-X
  5. ^ Wakefield Diocese web-site Archived 5 December 2012 at
  6. ^ "Church news: York Minster. Consecration of a Bishop (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3550). 6 February 1931. p. 154. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 December 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Church news: The new Bishop of Wakefield (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3940). 29 July 1938. p. 118. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 December 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Obituary – Bishop Hone, The Times: Wednesday, 17 May 1967; pg. 10; Issue 56943; col F
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Pontefract
Succeeded by
Tom Longworth
Preceded by
James Seaton
Bishop of Wakefield
Succeeded by
Henry McGowan