Lionel Ford

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Lionel George Bridges Justice Ford (3 September 1865 – 27 March 1932) was an Anglican priest who served as Dean of York after two headmasterships at eminent English public schools.[1]


Ford was born in Paddington, London, the son of William Augustus Ford and Katherine Mary Justice.[2] His father had played cricket for the MCC and his brother Francis Ford played cricket for England. Ford's grandfather was George Samuel Ford, a well known bill discounter.

Ford was educated at Repton School and King's College, Cambridge where he won the Chancellor's Classical Medal[3][4] and was a member of the Pitt Club.[5] He became a school master at Eton, and was ordained a curate in the Anglican church in 1893.[6] In 1898 and 1899 he played cricket for minor county Buckinghamshire.[7]


Ford became headmaster of Repton School in 1901 and in 1910 moved to Harrow, where he was headmaster until 1925.[8] in 1925 he became the Dean at York, a post he was to hold until his death on Easter Sunday seven years later.[9] His memorial is in the restored Zouche Chapel.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ford married in 1904 Mary Catherine Talbot, daughter of Edward Stuart Talbot, who was successively Bishop of Rochester, Southwark and Winchester.[11] They had:


  1. ^ "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Ford, William Justice". Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. 2. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^ The Times, Monday, 20 February 1888; p. 10; Issue 32313; col G Winner of The Chancellor’s Classical Medal
  4. ^ "Ford, Lionel George Bridges Justice (FRT884LG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ Benson, Edward Frederic (1920). Our Family Affairs, 1867-1896. London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd. p. 231. 
  6. ^ The Times, Monday, 25 December 1893; p. 9; Issue 34143; col D Ordinations. Canterbury
  7. ^ Lionel Ford at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 31 May 1910; p. 13; Issue 39286; col E Harrow School. New Headmaster
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ The Times, Saturday, 9 December 1933; p. 14; Issue 46623; col E In Memory Of Dean Ford Zouche Chapel Restored At York
  11. ^ Marriage details
  12. ^
  13. ^ "HON. MRS. JOHN POLK ENGAGED TO A MAJOR". The New York Times. September 26, 1949. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Joseph Wood
Head Master of Harrow School
Succeeded by
Cyril Norwood
Academic offices
Preceded by
Hubert Burge
Headmaster of Repton School
Succeeded by
William Temple