Henry Wakefield (bishop of Birmingham)

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Henry Russell Wakefield (1 December 1854 – 9 January 1933) was an Anglican Bishop and author[1] in the first quarter of the 20th century.[2] Born on 1 December 1854 he was educated at Tonbridge School and the University of Bonn. Ordained in 1877 after a period at Ripon College Cuddesdon,[3] following two London curacies he was Incumbent at several parishes [4] before senior posts as Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dean of Norwich[5] and finally Bishop of Birmingham. He was also a member of the London School Board representing the Marylebone Division from 1897-1900[6] and Mayor of St Marylebone in 1903-1905.[3] He was described in his Times obituary as a "layman's bishop."[7]

Between 1908–14, he was the sole Church of England representative on the Executive Committee of the National Service League.[8]


  1. ^ A Fortnight at the Front, 1915; Simple Answers to some Great Questions, 1916; Life won through Death, 1917; and The Church after the War 1918 British Library Catalogue accessed 21:20 June 12th 2008
  2. ^ The Bishop Of Birmingham. Consecration At Southwark Cathedral. (News) The Times Monday, Oct 30, 1911; pg. 4; Issue 39729; col C
  3. ^ a b Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ Barnes, Swanscombe, Lower Sydenham, Sandgate and St Mary's, Bryanston Square Who was Who (ibid)
  5. ^ The Times, Friday, Nov 19, 1909; pg. 11; Issue 39121; col D New Dean Of Norwich
  6. ^ "London School Board Election". The Daily News. 27 November 1897.
  7. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jan 10, 1933; pg. 7; Issue 46338; col A Obituary Bishop Russell Wakefield
  8. ^ Annual Reports of the National Service League
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Lefroy
Dean of Norwich
Succeeded by
Henry Charles Beeching
Preceded by
Charles Gore
Bishop of Birmingham
Succeeded by
Ernest William Barnes