Harold Charles

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Harold John Charles (26 June 1914 – 11 December 1987) was an Anglican priest.[1]

Charles was born into an ecclesiastical family[2] and educated at Keble College, Oxford. Ordained in 1938,[3] he began his career with a curacy at Abergwili. After this he was the Bishop’s Messenger for the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon until 1948 and then warden of the University Church Hostel, Bangor and a lecturer at University College until 1952. He was then vicar of St James' Bangor[4] and then the warden of St Michael’s College, Llandaff. In 1957 he became Dean of St Asaph and in 1971 its diocesan bishop.[5] He retired in 1982.


  1. ^ St Asaph Cathedral web-site
  2. ^ His father was the Rev. David Charles sometime Vicar of Newchurch >“Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Bangor Civic Society
  5. ^ The Times, 4 February 1971; pg. 16; Issue 58090; col D Church news
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Vorley Spencer Ellis
Dean of St Asaph
1957 – 1971
Succeeded by
Charles Raymond Renowden
Preceded by
David Daniel Bartlett
Bishop of St Asaph
1971 – 1981
Succeeded by
Alwyn Rice Jones