Howard Cruse (bishop)

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Bishop Cruse (left) at a wedding in 1965, shortly after his elevation to the episcopate.

John Howard Cruse (known as Howard;[1][2] 15 February 1908 – 11 April 1979) was Bishop of Knaresborough from 1965 to 1972.

Cruse was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge[3] and studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before curacies at Southall and Folkestone. From 1936 until 1949 he held incumbencies at Harrow and Cambridge,[4] followed by a 16-year stint as Provost of Sheffield.[5] In 1965 he was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough where he remained until his retirement.[6] He married twice: firstly in 1942 Ethne Sterling-Berry; and after her death in 1977 Violet Briscoe.


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  3. ^ Who's Who 1970 London, A & C Black, 1971 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  4. ^ Christens infant son of University Don cited in The Times, Tuesday, 6 May 1947; p. 7; Issue 50753; col B
  5. ^ Announces plans as Provost of Sheffield Cathedral "The Times", Friday, 15 November 1957; p. 12; Issue 53999; col D Start On Enlarging Cathedral Seven-Year Plan At Sheffield
  6. ^ Due to failing sight cited in "The Times", Tuesday, 21 December 1971; p. 12; Issue 58356; col A
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Alfred Jarvis
Provost of Sheffield
Succeeded by
Ivan Neill
Preceded by
Henry de Candole
Bishop of Knaresborough
Succeeded by
Ralph Emmerson