Charles Ridgeway

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Memorial within Chichester Cathedral

Charles John Ridgeway (14 July 1841 – 28 February 1927) was the Bishop of Chichester from 1908 to 1919.

Ridgeway was born into an ecclesiastical family: his father, Joseph Ridgeway, was Vicar of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells.[1] He was educated at St Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2][3] Ordained in 1866, he spent a Curacy at Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells [4] before becoming Vicar of North Malvern, Rector of Buckhurst Hill, Vicar of Christchurch Lancaster Gate and Rural Dean of Paddington. From 1891-1894 he was a member of the London School Board, representing the Marylebone Division.[5]

After two years (1906–1908) as Dean of Carlisle he was appointed to the Episcopate as Bishop of Chichester in 1908.[6][7] After his death his wife presented his Pectoral Cross to the Cathedral Library[8] and commissioned a memorial to him which can be seen in the nave.[9] He had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).

Ridgeway was a Freemason, under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). Although he never served in the prestigious role of Grand Chaplain of UGLE, in 1897 he was granted the honorific rank of Past Grand Chaplain in recognition of his services to English Freemasonry, as part of a series of similar honorary promotions intended to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.[10]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Ridgeway, Charles John (RGWY860CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, 27 November 1863; pg. 5; Issue 24727; col F University Intelligence. Oxford, Nov. 25.
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ "The London School Board. Result of the Poll". The Daily News. 28 November 1891.
  6. ^ New Bishop Of Chichester The Times Tuesday, 17 December 1907; pg. 9; Issue 38518; col F
  7. ^ Diocesan Registers
  8. ^ The Times, Friday, 2 October 1931; pg. 17; Issue 45943; col E Ecclesiastical News
  9. ^ Panel described
  10. ^ Horsley (The Rev'd Canon), JW (1906). "Notes on the Grand Chaplains of England". Ars Quatuor Coronatorum. 19. London: Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle Ltd. p. 195.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ernest Wilberforce
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Winfrid Burrows