James Hughes (bishop)

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William James Hughes (1894–5 December 1979) was an Anglican bishop[1] in the 20th century.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in 1894, Hughes was educated at the University of Leeds and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.[3] He was ordained Deacon in 1921 and Priest in 1922 after a course of study at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.[4] After a period as curate at St Matthew's, Leicester[5] he was appointed Priest in charge at St Hilda's, Leicester.[6] From there, he moved to become Vicar of St Benedict, Bordesley[7] after which he was appointed Rector then Dean of St George's Cathedral, Georgetown, Guyana.[8]

In 1944, Hughes was appointed Bishop of British Honduras.[9] After a very short time in this post, he was translated to Barbados,[10] during which time he set up the Barbados Church Association to prepare for disestablishment.[11][12] In 1951, he returned to England[13] to be Vicar of St George's Church, Edgbaston,[14] and additionally served as an assistant bishop in Birmingham diocese. He was also made an honorary Canon of Birmingham Cathedral in 1952.[15] Two years later, however, he was enthroned as the first Bishop of Matabeleland.[16][17] During his time in Matabeleland, he became known for his dry comments on the administration of the region – for example, when it was proposed to have a second capital at Bulawayo, he offered this quote from W. S. Gilbert: "Ambassadors cropped up like hay, Prime Ministers and such they grew as asparagus in May and Dukes were three a penny."[18] After four years, he became the Archbishop of Central Africa.[19]

In 1957, he was awarded a Lambeth degree by Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury.[20] He was a Sub-Prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem from 1958[21] and in 1961 he was translated for the final time to Trinidad.[22][23] He retired in 1970 to Canada, where he continued to minister at Holy Trinity, Port Burwell, Ontario.[24][25] He died whilst visiting friends in Harare on 5 December 1979.[26]


  1. ^ Mother Church TT Archived 27 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 5 Apr 1961; pg. 11; Issue 55047; col F Anglican Churches in Africa
  3. ^ Crockford's clerical directory1923 52nd Edition Lambeth, Church House, 1922
  4. ^ Who was Who 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ New church opened in 1925
  7. ^ A church near you
  8. ^ Details of Deans past and present Archived 9 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Ecclesiastical News Bishop Of British Honduras (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Friday, 17 Mar 1944; pg. 7; Issue 49807; col C
  10. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 9 Oct 1945; pg. 6; Issue 50268; col B Ecclesiastical News Bishop of British Honduras to be translated to Barbados
  11. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 5 Aug 1947; pg. 7; Issue 50831; col C Ecclesiastical News The Church In Barbados
  12. ^ Diocesan profile
  13. ^ The Times, Monday, 18 Jun 1951; pg. 4; Issue 52030; col D Resignation of the Bishop of Barbados
  14. ^ Church web site
  15. ^ The Times, Monday, 28 Jan 1952; pg. 6; Issue 52220; col B Church Appointments
  16. ^ Ecclesiastical News First Bishop Of Matabeleland (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Tuesday, 24 Feb 1953; pg. 10; Issue 52554; col C
  17. ^ The Times, Friday, 29 May 1953; pg. 5; Issue 52634; col C Bishop of Matabeleland enthroned
  18. ^ The Times, Friday, 2 Dec 1955; pg. 9; Issue 53393; col A The Two-Capital City Federal Controversy Of Rhodesia
  19. ^ The Times, Monday, 29 Jul 1957; pg. 6; Issue 53905; col G New Archbishop of Central Africa
  20. ^ The Times, Friday, 27 Dec 1957; pg. 8; Issue 54033; col D Ecclesiastical News Church Appointments
  21. ^ Court Circular (Court and Social) The Times Wednesday, 21 May 1958; pg. 12; Issue 54156; col B
  22. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 15 Nov 1961; pg. 16; Issue 55239; col D Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Trinidad Appointed
  23. ^ Unknowingly ordains a successor
  24. ^ Church details
  25. ^ History of Parish
  26. ^ The Times, Thursday, 13 Dec 1979; pg. 14; Issue 60499; col G Obituary – The Rt Rev W. J. Hughes
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Charles Norman Smith
Rector & Sub-Dean of St. George's Cathedral, Georgetown
Not replaced
Preceded by
Oswald Parry
Dean of St George's Cathedral, Georgetown
Succeeded by
Frank Thatcher
Preceded by
Edward Dunn
Bishop of British Honduras
Succeeded by
Douglas Wilson
Preceded by
David Bentley
Bishop of Barbados
Succeeded by
Gay Mandeville
New title Bishop of Matabeleland
Succeeded by
Kenneth Skelton
Preceded by
Edward Paget
Archbishop of Central Africa
Succeeded by
Oliver Green-Wilkinson
Preceded by
Noel Chamberlain
Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago
Succeeded by
Clive Abdulah