Ford was born in Paddington, London, the son of William Augustus Ford and Katherine Mary Justice. His father had played cricket for the MCC and his brother Francis Ford played cricket for England. Ford was educated at Repton School and King's College, Cambridge where he won the Chancellor's Classical Medal and was a member of the Pitt Club. He became a school master at Eton, and was ordained a curate in the Anglican church in 1893. In 1898 and 1899 he played cricket for minor county Buckinghamshire.
Ford became headmaster of Repton School in 1901 and in 1910 moved to Harrow, where he was headmaster until 1925. in 1925 he became the Dean at York, a post he was to hold until his death on Easter Sunday seven years later. His memorial is in the restored Zouche Chapel.
He was a renowned preacher.
Ford's grandfather was George Samuel Ford, a well known bill discounter.
Ford married in 1904 Mary Catherine Talbot, daughter of Edward Stuart Talbot, who was successively Bishop of Rochester, Southwark and Winchester. Their son Neville Ford became a notable cricketer for Derbyshire and another son Edward Ford was a courtier in the Royal Household of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
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- The Times, Monday, 20 February 1888; p. 10; Issue 32313; col G Winner of The Chancellor’s Classical Medal
- "Ford, Lionel George Bridges Justice (FRT884LG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Benson, Edward Frederic (1920). Our Family Affairs, 1867-1896. London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd. p. 231.
- The Times, Monday, 25 December 1893; p. 9; Issue 34143; col D Ordinations. Canterbury
- Lionel Ford at Cricket Archive
- The Times, Tuesday, 31 May 1910; p. 13; Issue 39286; col E Harrow School. New Headmaster
- New Dean Of York Dean Bate Appointed to succeed Ford (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Saturday, 21 May 1932; p. 10; Issue 46139; col D
- The Times, Saturday, 9 December 1933; p. 14; Issue 46623; col E In Memory Of Dean Ford Zouche Chapel Restored At York
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