Frank Bennett (scholar)

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Frank Selwyn Macaulay Bennett was a reforming Dean[1] of Chester[2] in the first half of the 20th century[3] and an Anglican scholar.[4]

He was born on 28 October 1866 and educated at Sherborne and Keble College, Oxford.[5] He was Private Chaplain to Bishop Jayne of Chester and then held incumbencies at Portwood and Hawarden[6] before his elevation to the Deanery.[7] A man who made Chester Cathedral "the home of the Diocese,[8] he died on 14 November 1947.


  1. ^ "The cathedral 'open and free' Dean Bennett of Chester" Bruce A Liverpool Liverpool university Press, 2000 ISBN 0-85323-924-X
  2. ^ Time Magazine
  3. ^ British History On-line
  4. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Coué and his Gospel of Health", 1923; "A Soul in the Making", 1924; "The Nature of a Cathedral", 1925; "Expecto", 1926; "Mary Jane and Harry John", 1927; "On Cathedrals in the Meantime", 1928; and "The Resurrection of the Dead", 1929 > British Library web site accessed 18:18 GMT Wednesday 8 September 2010
  5. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1947/48 Oxford, OUP, 1947
  7. ^ The Times, Saturday, 20 Mar 1937; pg. 9; Issue 47638; col G Ecclesiastical News New Dean Of Chester
  8. ^ Dean F. S. M. Bennett Cathedral Ideals The Times Saturday, 15 Nov 1947; pg. 6; Issue 50919; col G
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Lionel Darby
Dean of Chester
1920 – 1937
Succeeded by
Norman Henry Tubbs