Cuthbert Bardsley

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Cuthbert Killick Norman Bardsley (28 March 1907 – 9 January 1991[1]) was the Anglican Bishop of Coventry from 1956 to 1976.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 28 March 1907, the younger son of a Church of England canon.[2] He was educated at Summer Fields School,[3] Eton and New College, Oxford.


Ordained Deacon in 1932, he began his career in the East End, as a Curate at Barking, then as Rector of St Mary Magdalene Woolwich,[4] and was created Provost of Southwark in 1944.[5] He became Bishop suffragan of Croydon in 1947, transferring to the more senior See of Coventry in 1956,[6] a post he was to hold for 20 years.


Bardsley was appointed CBE in 1952, an honorary DD of Oxford University in 1957, a Chaplain of the Order of St John and an honorary DLitt of Warwick University in 1976.


  • 1952: Bishop's Move C.K.N. Bardsley
  • 1953: An address given by C.K.N. Bardsley, Bishop suffragan of Croydon, at the annual general meeting of the Church of England Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Institutes at Church House, Westminster SW1 on 8 July 1953.Lambeth Palace Details
  • 1962: Sundry Times, Sundry Places C.K.N. Bardsley
  • 1967: Him We Declare C.K.N. Bardsley
  • 1970: I Believe in Mission C.K.N. Bardsley
  • 1989: Cuthbert Bardsley by Donald Coggan, 1989


  1. ^ "Bardsley, Cuthbert Killick Norman". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/49570. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Who's Who,1971 A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-1140-5 p. 693
  3. ^ Usborne, Richard (1964). A Century of Summer Fields. Methuen. p. 138.
  4. ^ Crockfords Clerical Directory (Lambeth Palace, Church House, 1982) ISBN 0-19-200010-1
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  6. ^ The Times, Thursday, 9 February 1956; p. 8; Issue 53450; col C Appointed Bishop of Coventry
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frederick Dudley Vaughan Narborough
Provost of Southwark
1944 – 1947
Succeeded by
Hugh Edward Ashdown
Preceded by
Maurice Harland
Bishop of Croydon
1947 – 1956
Succeeded by
John Taylor Hughes
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop to the Forces
Succeeded by
Stanley Woodley Betts
Preceded by
Neville Vincent Gorton
Bishop of Coventry
1956 – 1976
Succeeded by
John Gibbs