Edward Bickersteth (Dean of Lichfield)

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Caricature by "Spy", 1884

The Very Rev. Edward Bickersteth (1814-1892) was an Anglican priest[1] in the 19th century.[2]


Edward Bickersteth was born in Acton into an ecclesiastical family: his father was the Rev John Bickersteth, sometime Rector of Sapcote; and his brother Robert was a future Bishop of Ripon.[3] He was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1831, and migrated to Sidney Sussex College two years later, graduating B.A. in 1836.[4] Ordained in 1839, he began his career with curacies at Chetton and Shrewsbury Abbey. He held incumbencies at Penn and Aylesbury before being appointed Archdeacon of Buckingham. In 1875 he was appointed Dean of Lichfield.[5] He resigned just a few weeks before his death on 9 October 1892.[6]


He was twice married: first, on 13 October 1840, to Martha Mary Anne, daughter of Valentine Vickers of Cransmere in Shropshire. She died on 2 February 1881, and on 12 October 1882, he married Mary Anne, daughter of Thomas Whitmore Wylde-Browne of The Woodlands, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. She survived him.[7]


He also published:

  • Diocesan Synods in relation to Convocation and Parliament, London, 1867, 8vo; 2nd edit. 1883.
  • My Hereafter, London, 1883, 16mo.

He edited the fifth edition of The Bishopric of Souls (London, 1877, 8vo), with a memoir of the author, Robert Wilson Evans, and in 1882 contributed an exposition on St. Mark's Gospel to the Pulpit Commentary.[7]


  1. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  2. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  3. ^ Frances Keyes Aglionby, The life of Edward Henry Bickersteth D.D., Chapter 1
  4. ^ "Bickersteth, Edward (BKRT831E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ The New Dean Of Lichfield The Times (London, England), Monday, Feb 15, 1875; pg. 7; Issue 28239
  6. ^ DEATH OF DR. BICKERSTETH .The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (West Yorkshire, England), Monday, October 10, 1892; pg. 3; Issue 7860. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  7. ^ a b Carlyle 1901.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Justly Hill
Archdeacons of Buckingham
1853 –1875
Succeeded by
Arthur Purey-Cust
Preceded by
William Champneys
Dean of Lichfield
1875 –1892
Succeeded by
Herbert Luckock