Edward Carpenter (priest)

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Not to be confused with Edward Carpenter or Ed Carpenter (disambiguation).
Edward Frederick Carpenter
Religion Church of England
Born 27 November 1910
Died 26 August 1998
Senior posting
Based in England
Title Dean of Westminster
Period in office 1974-1985
Predecessor Eric Symes Abbott
Successor Michael Mayne

Edward Frederick Carpenter KCVO (27 November 1910 – 26 August 1998)[1] was an Anglican priest and author[2]


Carpenter was educated at Strode's Grammar School[3] and King's College London.[4] and ordained in 1936.[5] After curacies at Holy Trinity, Marylebone and St Mary's Harrow he was Rector of Great Stanmore.[6] After this his ministry was spent at Westminster Abbey, first as a canon, then archdeacon and finally, from 1974, Dean of Westminster.[7] He retired to Richmond, Surrey.

Carpenter wrote Common sense about Christian ethics as part of the Common Sense series.

He was the first chairman of the Week of Prayer for World Peace, a global interfaith initiative created by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.[8]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Thomas Sherlock", 1936; "Thomas Tenison, His Life and Times", 1948; "That Man Paul", 1953; "Common Sense about Christian Ethics", 1961; "The English Church", 1966; "Cantuar: the Archbishops in their office", 1971; "Westminster Abbey", "Archbishop Fisher: his life and times", 1991 > British Library website accessed 21:34 GMT 1 March 2010
  3. ^ "The Deans" Beeson,T.R: Canterbury,SCM, 2004 ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  6. ^ Independent Obituary
  7. ^ The Times, Thursday, Apr 25, 1974; pg. 1; Issue 59073; col D New Dean
  8. ^ [1]
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Eric Symes Abbott
Dean of Westminster
Succeeded by
Michael Mayne