Neville Gorton

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Neville Gorton, 4th Bishop of Coventry, in the remains of Coventry Cathedral

Neville Gorton (1 March 1888 – 30 November 1955) was the 4th bishop of the restored see of Coventry [1] in the modern era.

Gorton was born on 1 March 1888, the son of an Anglican Canon, and educated at Marlborough College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner and Aubrey Moore student.[2] Gorton was a career school-master who after taking holy orders spent 20 years at Sedbergh School,[3] rising to the rank of housemaster. He was then appointed head of Blundell's School[4] where he was to remain until the call to face the challenges of a severely bombed diocese.

A passionate advocate of Christian Unity[5] Gorton's vision was for a “People’s cathedral”.[6] Gorton himself was a curious mixture of conventional (he passionately opposed the remarriage of divorced people in church) and lateral thinker – his wide experience with boys gave him a very realistic view of “sin”. A master of the short, pithy sermon, he was a much admired churchman.[7] He died in office on 30 November 1955.[8]


  1. ^ "The Times", Friday, 13 November 1942; p. 7; Issue 49392; col C Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Coventry
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ During which time he married Ethel Ingledew Daggett, with whom he had two sons and one daughter ("Who was Who"-Ibid)
  4. ^ Margetson, John (1998). Gorty: Neville Gorton’s years at Blundell’s 1934-42. Letheringham Books. ISBN 0-9534580-0-8. 
  5. ^ "The Anglican Church and Christian Unity" Gorton,N London, Longmans, 1948
  6. ^ Article in Time Magazine
  7. ^ ”Neville Gorton:Bishop of Coventry- Reminiscences by some of his friends” Moyle, F.W (Ed) London, SPCK, 1957
  8. ^ The Cathedral Church of St. Michael and the Church of the Holy Trinity, Coventry. Order of service for the burial of Neville Vincent Gorton ... Bishop of Coventry; Monday, 5 December 1955, at 12 noon.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Mervyn George Haigh
Bishop of Coventry
Succeeded by
Cuthbert Bardsley