Francis Grimshaw

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The Most Reverend
Francis Joseph Grimshaw
Archbishop of Birmingham
Archdiocese Birmingham
Province Birmingham
Appointed 11 May 1954
Term ended 22 March 1965
Predecessor Joseph Masterson
Successor George Patrick Dwyer
Ordination 27 February 1926 (Priest)
Consecration 25 July 1947 (Bishop)
Personal details
Born 6 October 1901
Bridgwater, Somerset, England
Died 22 March 1965
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Bishop of Plymouth

Francis Joseph Grimshaw (1901–1965) was a British clergyman who held high office in the Roman Catholic Church.[1]


Born in Bridgwater, Somerset on 6 October 1901, and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers at St Brendan's College, Bristol, then in Berkeley Square in central Bristol; in 1960 he would dedicate the new school in Brislington. He was ordained to the priesthood on 27 February 1926, and appointed Bishop of Plymouth on 2 June 1947. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 25 July 1947. The principal consecrator was Joseph Masterson, Archbishop of Birmingham; and the principal co-consecrators were William Lee (Bishop of Clifton), and Edward Ellis, Bishop of Nottingham.[1]

He was translated to the Archdiocese of Birmingham as Archbishop of Birmingham on 11 May 1954. In 1958 he led the Christian Brothers schools of England on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in the centenary year of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Bernadette. He participated in the first three sessions of the Second Vatican Council, held between in 1962 and 1965.[1]

He died in office on 22 March 1965, aged 63.[1]


Several schools have been named after him, including Archbishop Grimshaw School, Solihull. St Boniface's Catholic College in Plymouth has a House named after him.


  1. ^ a b c d "Archbishop Francis Joseph Grimshaw". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Joseph Keily
Bishop of Plymouth
Succeeded by
Cyril Edward Restieaux
Preceded by
Joseph Masterson
Archbishop of Birmingham
Succeeded by
George Patrick Dwyer