Edward Carpenter (priest)
|Edward Frederick Carpenter|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Born||27 November 1910|
|Died||26 August 1998|
|Title||Dean of Westminster|
|Period in office||1974–1985|
Carpenter was a native Londoner and the city featured prominently in his life and priestly ministry. He was educated at Strode's Grammar School and King's College London and ordained in 1936. After curacies at Holy Trinity, Marylebone and St Mary's Harrow he was Rector of Great Stanmore.
After this his ministry was spent at Westminster Abbey, from 1951 firstly as a canon, then from 1963 to 1974 as archdeacon and finally, from 1974, Dean of Westminster. One obituary noted "It was unfortunate for the Church that Edward Carpenter was 64 before he became Dean but he has left a legacy of tolerant, determined openness as a vital trait of 20th- century Christianity. He and his wife gave themselves unstintingly to others and contributed a happy sparkle in their home at Westminster in their laughter and scholarship." 
Carpenter wrote Common sense about Christian ethics as part of the Common Sense series.
His biography, written by Michael De-La-Noy, was only published in 2016, A Liberal and Godly Dean : The Life of Edward Carpenter. No publisher is indicated.
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- 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
- "The Deans" Beeson,T.R: Canterbury,SCM, 2004 ISBN 0-334-02987-2
- “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
- Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
- Independent Obituary
- The Times, Thursday, Apr 25, 1974; pg. 1; Issue 59073; col D New Dean
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
|Church of England titles|
| Dean of Westminster
|Non-profit organization positions|
| President of the Modern Churchpeople's Union
1966 – c. 1990