Hugh Ashdown

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Hugh Edward Ashdown[1] (5 July 1904[2] – 26 December 1977) was an eminent Anglican clergyman in the mid 20th Century.[3]

Ashdown was educated at St. John's School, Leatherhead and Keble College, Oxford, his first post after ordination was as a curate at St Mary’s Portsea, Portsmouth.[4] He was then a Chaplain and Lecturer at Lincoln Theological College and then the Perpetual Curate of St Aidan’s, West Hartlepool and after that Rector of Houghton-le-Spring.[5] From 1948 he was the Provost of Southwark Cathedral. After his nomination on 15 March, he was consecrated to the Episcopate on 1 May 1957 as the 8th Bishop of Newcastle, a post he held for 16 years until his 2 October 1972 retirement. He died on Boxing Day 1977.


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ Who's Who 1970 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  3. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Rectors of Houghton-le-Spring