Hugh Hordern

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Memorial within Chichester Cathedral

The Rt Rev. Hugh Maudslay Hordern was the sixth Bishop of Lewes. He was the great-grandson of the inventor Henry Maudslay and one of the founders of the Maudslay Society.[1] He was born on 28 September 1868 and grew up at Throwley House, Faversham, Kent. He was educated at Winchester [2] and Christ Church, Oxford.[3] He married Edith Augusta Sandeman, daughter of John Glas Sandeman. He began his career with a Curacy at Warnham after which he was Rector of Singleton, West Sussex before World War I service as a Chaplain to the Forces. From here he was Vicar of St Nicholas, Brighton and then Archdeacon of Lewes before elevation to the Episcopate in 1929,[4] serving eventually for seventeen years.[5] He died in post on 25 March 1949.

His grandson Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Maudslay Hordern, D.L., M.A. was Member of Parliament (MP) for Horsham from 1964 to 1997. Other members of his family who were also involved in the First World War were his brothers: Boer War and First World War soldier Brig. General Gwyn Venables Hordern, C.B., CMG, J.P. of Baughurst House, Ramsdell, Hampshire, (also an accomplished cricketer who scored a half century, in 1896, for the KRRC against a Free Foresters Team which included, C.J. Kortright, who Wisden described that year as the fastest bowler in the history of the game), Capt. Lionel Herbert Hordern, R.N., O.B.E., J.P., of Throwley House, Faversham, Kent and Radcliffe Hordern of Warrenton, Virginia, whose son Herbert Radcliffe Hordern, served in the Irish Guards and died of wounds from the First World War. His son Capt. Charles Hubert Hordern M.B.E., and nephew, Brig. Herle Maudslay Hordern, M.C., O.B.E., also fought in the First World War.


  1. ^ Material within National Archive
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  3. ^ Who’s Who London, A & C Black,1992 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  4. ^ The Times, Thursday, Oct 03, 1929; pg. 14; Issue 45324; col C New Bishop Of Lewes Archdeacon Hordern Appointed
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jul 18, 1946; pg. 6; Issue 50506; col G Ecclesiastical News- Bishop of Lewes to retire
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Champion Streatfeild
Bishop of Lewes
1929 – 1946
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Hodgson Warde