Gresham Kirkby

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Gresham Kirkby
Born
Reginald Gresham Kirkby

(1916-08-11)11 August 1916
Cornwall, England
Died10 August 2006(2006-08-10) (aged 89)
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma mater
Home townHelston, England[1]
ReligionChristianity (Anglican)
ChurchChurch of England
Ordained
  • 1942 (deacon)
  • 1943 (priest)
Congregations served
St Paul's, Bow Common

Reginald Gresham Kirkby (1916–2006) was an English Anglican priest and anarchist socialist.[2][3]

Kirkby was born in Cornwall on 11 August 1916.[2] His mother and aunt were Methodist, but he was inclined towards Anglo-Catholicism from an early age.[4] Kirby graduated from the University of Leeds and studied at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, where he became friends with Trevor Huddleston, in the 1940s.[2][5] He was ordained in Manchester[6] as a deacon in 1942 and as a priest in 1943[2] and served as vicar of St Paul's, Bow Common, London, from July 1951 to July 1994.[7] He retired in protest of the legalisation of the ordination of women.[8]

Kirby was an anarchist socialist (or anarcho-communist), an early supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and a member of the Committee of 100.[2] He was influenced by Peter Kropotkin and Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.[2]

Kirkby died on 10 August 2006.[2]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "A Service with Smiles". East End Life. 10 March 1994. Cited in Ross 2016, p. 273.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Leech, Kenneth (22 August 2006). "Father Gresham Kirkby". The Guardian. London. p. 31. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  3. ^ Garnett & Keith 2014, p. 168.
  4. ^ Leech, Kenneth. Church Times. London. Cited in Ross 2016, p. 278.
  5. ^ "A Church Fit for a New Millennium". East End Life. 28 August 2006. Cited in Ross 2016, pp. 277–278.
  6. ^ "Bow Clergyman's Silver Jubilee". East London Advertiser. 1968. Cited in Ross 2016, p. 269.
  7. ^ Harwood 1998, p. 69; Ross 2016, p. 267.
  8. ^ "Bow Vicar Quits". Cited in Ross 2016, p. 273.

Bibliography[edit]

Garnett, Jane; Keith, Michael (2014). "Interrogating Diaspora: Beyond the Ethnic Mosaic – Faith, Space, and Time in London's East End". In Gilman, Sander L. (ed.). Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Collaboration and Conflict in the Age of Diaspora. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. pp. 165–175. ISBN 978-988-8208-27-2.
Harwood, Elain (1998). "Liturgy and Architecture: The Development of the Centralised Eucharistic Space". Twentieth Century Architecture (3): 50–74. ISSN 2054-3263. JSTOR 41859542.
Ross, Duncan (2016). Detailed History of St Pauls', Bow Common. London: St Pauls', Bow Common. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

Further reading[edit]

Leech, Kenneth (2009). Father Gresham Kirkby, 1916–2006: Priest of the Kingdom of God; A Personal Memoir. London: Anglo-Catholic History Society. OCLC 693944918.