Henry Wilson (bishop)

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Henry Albert Wilson CBE (6 September 1876 – 16 July 1961)[1] was an Anglican bishop and author.[2]


Born in Port Bannatyne, Wilson was educated at Camberwell Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[3]

Ordained presbyter in 1899,[4] he began his career with a curacy at Christ Church, Hampstead, in London; after which he became Vicar of Norbiton. He was then Rural Dean of Cheltenham, until his appointment to the episcopate in 1929 as the third Bishop of Chelmsford.[5] A proposal to expedite divorce – by having divorce cases heard in a magistrates court rather than a higher court – prompted his strenuous objection in 1944: "the landslide in sexual morals" meant that Christianity was "hanging by a thread in this country today".[6] He resigned in 1950, and retired to Southwold.[3] He had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).


  • Episcopacy and Unity, 1912
  • The Master and His Friends, 1925
  • Your Faith or Your Life, 1940
  • Reflections of a Back-Bench Bishop, 1948


  1. ^ Rt. Rev. H. A. Wilson Former Bishop Of Chelmsford The Times Monday, Jul 17, 1961; pg. 18; Issue 55135; col D
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ a b "Wilson, Henry Albert (WL895HA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 1940–1941: Oxford, OUP, 1940
  5. ^ National Archives
  6. ^ Religion: Pretty Pass, Time Magazine, 31 June 1944
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Guy Warman
Bishop of Chelmsford
Succeeded by
Falkner Allison