Harold Hubbard

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Harold Evelyn Hubbard (1883 – 1953) was the second Bishop of Whitby[1] and an Honorary Chaplain to the King.[2] A grandson of the first Lord Addingdon he was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and ordained in 1908. After a Curacy at Skelton-in-Cleveland he served with great distinction in the First World War.[3] When peace came he was successively Rector of Gisborough in Cleveland, Chaplain of Cheltenham College,[4] and finally Vicar of St John’s Middlesbrough.[5] before elevation to the Episcopate in 1939. He served throughout the whole of the Second World War and retired in 1946.[6] On his death in 1953 his Will stated, somewhat unusually, that he wished to dispel any misconception that he had been making a fortune from his ministry in the church: the large sum being the result of legacies from wealthier members of his distinguished family.[7]


  1. ^ Three New Bishops Suffragan Selby, Whitby, And Jarrow (News) The Times Saturday, 24 December 1938; p. 10; Issue 48186; col E
  2. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 22 December 1937; p. 15; Issue 47874; col E Chaplains To The King- Rev HE Hubbard, D..SO., M.C., Vicar of St John’s Middlesbrough to replace the late Canon Hugh Richard Lawrie Sheppard, C.H., D.D.
  3. ^ Winning both the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross- ”Who was Who 1897-1990” London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ Where his Times obituary noted he was "held in the highest regard for the humour and sympathy he brought to bear on a wide range of problems" Wednesday, 27 May 1953; p. 8; Issue 52632; col E Bishop H. E. Hubbard Former Suffragan Bishop Of Whitby
  5. ^ Also (in his final two years at St John’s) Rural Dean of Middlesbrough- Who’s Who (Ibid)
  6. ^ The Times, Friday, 20 December 1946; p. 4; Issue 50639; col B Resignation of the Bishop Of Whitby
  7. ^ Genealogical details
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry St John Stirling Woollcombe
Bishop of Whitby
1939 – 1946
Succeeded by
Walter Hubert Baddeley