Ernest Southcott

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The Very Rev Ernest William Southcott (1915–1976) was an eminent Anglican priest and author[1] in the 20th century.

He was born on 8 May 1915 and educated at the University of British Columbia.[2] Ordained in 1938 after a period of study at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, he began his career with curacies at St John’s, Shildon[3] and St James’s, Gateshead. He was Vicar of St Wilfrid’s, Halton, Leeds, where he pioneered the House Church movement, and then Rural Dean of Whitkirk until 1961 when he was appointed Provost of Southwark Cathedral.[4]. He resigned Southwark in 1970 and became Vicar of Rishton in Lancashire. He died on 17 January 1976.[5]


  1. ^ Amongst others, he wrote: "Unto a Full Grown Man", 1942; "Receive This Child", 1951; "The Parish Comes Alive", 1956; and "Meditations for Lent", 1957. British Library web site, accessed 27 November 2010
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1940-41, Oxford, OUP, 1941
  4. ^ New Provost Of Southwark The Times Friday, 7 July 1961; pg. 14; Issue 55127; col E
  5. ^ Deaths The Times Tuesday, 20 January 1976; pg. 24; Issue 59606; col A
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Edmund Reindorp
Provost of Southwark
1961 – 1968
Succeeded by
Harold Edward Frankham