Henry Southwell (bishop)

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Memorial within Chichester Cathedral

Henry Kemble Southwell (1860 – 9 March 1937) was the third Bishop of Lewes from 1920 until 1926.

Born in 1860, and educated at Charterhouse and Magdalen College, Oxford,[1] he held curacies at Ellesmere in Shropshire, St Clement's in Bournemouth and St Nicolas in Guildford; then incumbencies at Chetton[2][3] and Bodmin before becoming a Canon Residentiary of Chichester Cathedral.[4] Elevated to the Episcopate, initially with the additional title of Archdeacon of Lewes,[5] in 1920 he held office for six years and died on 9 March 1937,[6] his son having predeceased him during the First World War.[7] A fund initiated after his death yielded enough contributions to provide a memorial,[8] which can be seen at St Cuthman Whitehawk in Brighton.[9]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ Details of tenure
  3. ^ Successor
  4. ^ 1911 Kelly's Directory
  5. ^ Material within The National Archives
  6. ^ The Times, Thursday, Mar 11, 1937; pg. 1; Issue 47630; col A Death The Rt Rev H.K. Southwell
  7. ^ Roll of honour
  8. ^ Bishop Southwell Memorial Unveiled In A Brighton Church The Times Monday, Nov 21, 1938; pg. 9; Issue 48157; col B
  9. ^ Church details
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Herbert Edward Jones
Bishop of Lewes
1920 – 1926
Succeeded by
Thomas William Cook