Edward Carpenter (priest)

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Not to be confused with Edward Carpenter or Ed Carpenter (disambiguation).

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.


  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
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Eric Symes Abbott
Dean of Westminster
Succeeded by
Michael Mayne