Cyril Bardsley

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Cyril Charles Bowman Bardsley (13 February 1870 – 20 December 1940) was an Anglican bishop in the first half of the 20th century.[1][2]

Bardsley was educated at Marlborough and New College, Oxford[3] and ordained in 1895.[4] His first post was as a curate at Huddersfield Parish Church.[5] He then held incumbencies at Nottingham and St Helen's, Merseyside.[6] He then became the secretary of the Church Missionary Society[7] until his ordination to the episcopate[8] as the Bishop of Peterborough in 1924.[9] In 1927, he was translated to be the first diocesan Bishop of Leicester in the modern era. Described in his Times obituary as “a pastoral Bishop who lived for nothing but to serve his Master and minister to his people”,[10] he died shortly after resigning his see.


  1. ^ New Bishop Of Peterborough. Dr. Bardsley Appointed The Times Friday, Nov 23, 1923; pg. 14; Issue 43506; col G
  2. ^ Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Leicester The Times Saturday, Apr 13, 1940; pg. 9; Issue 48589; col D
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ British history on-line
  7. ^ Details of tenure
  8. ^ National Archives
  9. ^ Bishops of Peterborough
  10. ^ Monday, Dec 23, 1940; pg. 7; Issue 48806; col G Obituary Dr Cyril Bardsley
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frank Woods
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
Claude Blagden
Preceded by
Lewis Clayton
as Suffragan Bishop of Leicester
Bishop of Leicester
Succeeded by
Guy Smith