John Kenneth Pennington

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John Kenneth Pennington (1927–25 August 2011) was a priest in the Church of England, Nottingham City councillor and Sheriff of Nottingham.[1]


He was born in Wigan in 1927. He studied law at the University of Manchester where he met his future wife, Jean. Rejecting a career in law, for two years he worked at a large textiles printing firm on Oxford Road before training for ordination at Lincoln Theological College.

After working in Liverpool, Rotherham, India and Blackburn, he moved to Nottingham in 1966.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Pennington was ordained a deacon in 1952 and a priest in 1953. He held the following appointments:

Political career[edit]

Living in Nelson, Lancashire, he helped Sydney Silverman MP retain his seat of Nelson and Colne in the United Kingdom general election, 1964 in a very difficult contest, beating a pro-capital punishment candidate who had suffered the murder of a relative.

He moved to Nottingham in 1966, was elected a Labour councillor in 1976 to represent Bestwood Park, and re-elected in 1979 to represent Bridge ward.

During his final year as councillor, in 1982–83, he was made Sheriff of Nottingham.[2]

In 2006 he was made an honorary alderman of Nottingham.[3]


  1. ^ Nottingham Evening Post 3 September 2011
  2. ^ Nottingham Evening Post. 9 September 2011
  3. ^ Nottingham City Council press release 5 May 2006