George Bradley (priest)

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George Granville Bradley
George Granville Bradley.jpg
Photograph of Bradley in 1883.
Religion Church of England
Born 11 December 1821
Died 13 March 1903
Senior posting
Title Dean of Westminster
Period in office 1881-1902
Predecessor Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
Successor Joseph Armitage Robinson
Punch cartoon of Bradley, on his appointment to Westminster. The caption reads, "Bless Thee! Thou Art Translated!"

George Granville Bradley (11 December 1821 – 13 March 1903) was an English divine, scholar, and schoolteacher, who was Dean of Westminster (1881–1902).


George Bradley's father, Charles Bradley, was vicar of Glasbury, Brecon, mid Wales.

Bradley was educated at Rugby under Thomas Arnold, and at University College, Oxford, of which he became a Fellow in 1844. He was an assistant master at Rugby from 1846 to 1858, when he succeeded GEL Cotton as Headmaster at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

In 1870, Bradley was elected Master of his old college at Oxford, and in August 1881 he was made Dean of Westminster in succession to AP Stanley, whose pupil and intimate friend he had been, and whose biographer he became. He took part in the coronation of King Edward VII and resigned the deanery in 1902.

Bradley was an Acting Chaplain of the 13th Middlesex (Queen´s Westminsters) Volunteer Rifle Corps for 20 years, and received the Volunteer Officers' Decoration (VD) 21 February 1902.[1]


Besides his Recollections of A. P. Stanley (1883) and Life of Dean Stanley (1892), Bradley published a revised version of Thomas Kerchever Arnold's Latin Prose Composition ("Bradley's Arnold"); his more advanced intended work on Aids to writing Latin Prose was edited and completed by T. L. Papillon. Further works were Lectures on Job (1884) and Ecclesiastes (1885).


Bradley had two sons and five daughters; of these children one son, Arthur Granville Bradley (1850–1943), and four daughters were writers, including Margaret Louisa Woods, Emily Tennyson Bradley (married Alexander Murray Smith), Lady Mabel Birchenough (the wife of Sir Henry Birchenough, public servant and business man) and Rose Marion Bradley.[2]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27409. p. 1121. 21 February 1902.
  2. ^ et Raineval, Melville Henry Massue, Ruvigny (1994). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: being a complete table of all the descendants now living of Edward III, King of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-8063-1433-4. 


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Frederick Charles Plumptre
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
James Franck Bright