Mansfield Owen

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The Very Rev. Charles Mansfield Owen (known as Mansfield;[1] 1852 – 4 November 1940) was an eminent Anglican priest in the last decades of the 19th century and the first four of the 20th.

He was born at Rodbourough in Gloucestershire in 1852, the son of Herbert Owen (a barrister) and Catherine née Paterson. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford.[2] Ordained in 1875 he began his career with a curacy at Holy Trinity, Southampton. In 1880 he became Vicar of Woolston then three years later St. George's Church, Edgbaston.[3] Appointed to be Rural Dean of the area in 1905,[4] he was promoted again to the post of Archdeacon of Aston and then in 1912 to Archdeacon of Birmingham.[5] In 1915 he was appointed Dean of Ripon,[6] where he remained until his death on 4 November 1940.

Charles Mansfield Owen married Susan Hilda Roaslie Longmore in 1884, they had two sons, Basil Wilberforce Longmore Owen & Reginald Mansfield Owen. Reginald Mansfield Owen became a Major in the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, he was killed in action aged 25 on the 2 Aug 1916 in France.[7]


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  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Vicars of St George’s Edgbaston
  4. ^ "St George's Church Edgbaston" 1838 - 1998 Harkness,J.C/Pinkess,J.R.H: Birmingham St George's Edgbaston PCC, July 1998
  5. ^ "No. 28631". The London Gazette. 30 July 1912. p. 5637. 
  6. ^ New Dean Of Ripon The Times Monday, 27 September 1915; pg. 11; Issue 40970; col E
  7. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 6 November 1940; p. 4; Issue 48766; col C Obituary The Very Rev C.M. Owen
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Fremantle
Dean of Ripon
1915 – 1940
Succeeded by
Godwin Birchenough