John Willink

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John Wakefield Willink (24 October 1858 – 22 September 1927) was an Anglican dean[1] in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

Willink was educated at Clifton College[3] and Pembroke College, Cambridge.[4] Ordained in 1881,[5] he held a curacy at Bishop Auckland before becoming Vicar of St John’s, Sunderland.[6] In 1891 he moved to St Helens and then held further incumbencies at Great Yarmouth and St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham. He became Dean of Norwich[7] in 1919 and held the post[8] until his death on 22 September 1927.[9]


  1. ^ London Gazette
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "Willink, John Wakefield (WLNK877JW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ Ordinations Durham The Times Wednesday, Dec 21, 1881; pg. 10; Issue 30383; col B
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co, 1889
  7. ^ Norfolk Record Office online catalogue
  8. ^ ”Norwich Cathedral : church, city and diocese, 1096-1996” Atherton, I: London Hambledon Press, 1996 ISBN 1-85285-134-1
  9. ^ The Dean Of Norwich. Sudden Death From Heart Attack. (Obituaries) The Times Friday, Sep 23, 1927; pg. 15; Issue 44694; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
James Denton Thompson
Rector of St Martin in the Bull Ring
1912 - 1919
Succeeded by
Edward Grose-Hodge
Preceded by
Henry Charles Beeching
Dean of Norwich
Succeeded by
Daniel Herbert Somerset Cranage