Stapleton was educated at Lancing College and Pembroke College, Cambridge and ordained in 1956. He held curacies at St Olave with St Giles, York and All Saints' Pocklington. He was Vicar of Seaton Ross then Rector of Skelton. From 1975 to 1981 he was Vicar of Wroxham and then a canon residentiary at Rochester Cathedral until his appointment as Dean of Carlisle.
An author, his writings include Skelton Village (1971). Heirs without Title (1974), The Skilful Master Builder (1975), The Model Working Parson (1976) and The Churchyards Handbook (1988). He is an avid reader of the writings of R. H. Benson.
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John Howard Churchill
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Graeme Paul Knowles