John Southgate

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John Eliot Southgate (2 September 1926 – 18 December 1999)[1] was Dean of York in the Church of England; holding this post from 1984[2] until 1994 when he was succeeded by Raymond Furnell.

Southgate was educated at the City of Norwich School and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Durham University in 1953 and a Diploma of Theology (DipTh) in 1955.[3]

He was ordained deacon in 1955, and priest in 1956. He served curacies at Glen Parva and Lee, south-east London He was Vicar of Plumstead from 1962 to 1966; Rector of Old Charlton from 1966 to 1972; Dean of Greenwich from 1968 to 1972; York Diocesan Secretary for Mission and Evangelism from 1972 to 1981;Vicar of Harome 1972 to 1977; and Archdeacon of Cleveland from 1974 to 1984.[4]

While Dean Southgate conducted the service, held in 1988, after the restoration of York Minster, which caught fire in 1984.[5] The Minster was struck by lightning four days before the retirement of the previous dean, Ronald Jasper.[6] Southgate was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York in 1989.[7]


  1. ^ Who's Who, accessed 6 July 2008
  2. ^ New appointments The Archdeacon of Cleveland, the Ven John Southgate, has been appointed Dean of York. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Sep 05, 1984; pg. 14; Issue 61928
  3. ^ ‘SOUTHGATE, Very Rev. John Eliot’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014]
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ York Minster Is Back to Life After '84 Fire (1988), The New York Times, New York, viewed 2 May 2008,
  6. ^ Donald Gray (2004). "Jasper, Ronald Claud Dudley (1917–1990)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. ^ The University of York Honorary Graduates - 1966-2004 (2004), University of York, York, UK, viewed 2 May 2008, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Stanley Linsley
Archdeacon of Cleveland
Succeeded by
Ronald John Woodley
Preceded by
Ronald Claud Dudley Jasper
Dean of York
Succeeded by
Raymond Furnell