John Grimes (priest)

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(Cecil) John Grimes (1881–1976) was Archdeacon of Northampton from 1941 to 1959 and a resident canon of Peterborough Cathedral.[1]

He was born at Stratford-on-Avon and educated at London University. Initially a civil engineer, he was ordained to the priesthood after a studying at Ripon College Cuddesdon in 1912. After a curacy at St Giles’, Reading [2] he was a chaplain with the Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment in Bengal from 1915 to 1924. He was vicar of St Matthew’s, Westminster from 1924 to 1925 and then Archdeacon of Calcutta until 1933. He was a vicar of St John the Baptist, Peterborough until 1938,[3] then a rector of Thorpe Malsor until his appointment as an archdeacon.

He died on 19 November 1976.[4]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical News. The Times (London, England), Monday, Nov 21, 1932; pg. 15; Issue 46296
  4. ^ ObituaryThe Ven C. J. Grimes The Times Saturday, Nov 27, 1976; pg. 16; Issue 59872; col F
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Walter Kelly Firminger
Archdeacon of Calcutta
1926 – 1933
Succeeded by
Ormonde Winstanley Birch
Preceded by
Carey Frederick Knyvett
Archdeacon of Northampton
1941 – 1959
Succeeded by
Ronald Cedric Osbourne Goodchild