Gresham Kirkby

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Gresham Kirkby
Reginald Gresham Kirkby

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

Reginald Gresham Kirkby (1916–2006) was an English Anglican priest and anarchist socialist.[1][2]

Kirkby was born in Cornwall on 11 August 1916.[1] His mother and aunt were Methodist, but he was inclined towards Anglo-Catholicism from an early age.[3] 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.[1][4] He was ordained in Manchester[5] as a deacon in 1942 and as a priest in 1943[1] and served as vicar of St Paul's, Bow Common, London, from July 1951 to July 1994.[6]

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.[1] He was influenced by Peter Kropotkin and Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.[1]

Kirkby died on 10 August 2006.[1]


See also[edit]


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


  • 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.