Oswin Gibbs-Smith

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The Very Reverend
Oswin Gibbs-Smith
Dean of Westminster
Church Church of England
Diocese Royal Peculiar
In office 1961 to 1969
Predecessor Norman Sykes
Successor Michael Stancliffe
Other posts Archdeacon of London (1947–1961)
Ordination 1924 (deacon)
1925 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name Oswin Harvard Gibbs-Smith
Born (1901-11-15)15 November 1901
Died 26 September 1969(1969-09-26) (aged 67)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Nora (m. 1949)
Children Two
Education Westminster School
Alma mater

The Very Reverend Oswin Harvard Gibbs-Smith, CBE (15 November 1901 – 26 September 1969) was Dean of Winchester in the third quarter of the 20th century.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Gibbs-Smith was born on 15 November 1901. He was educated at Westminster School, a public school within the precincts of Westminster Abbey, London. He studied at King's College, Cambridge and at Clare College, Cambridge. He trained for Holy Orders at Cuddesdon College, an Anglo-Catholic theological college.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Gibbs-Smith was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1924 and as a priest in 1925.[2] He then spent a short spell as an Assistant Master at Harrow School.[2] He began his ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St Margaret's Church, Ilkley. Following this he was Vicar of John Keble Church, Mill Hill,[3] and Rector of Christchurch, St Marylebone.[4] He was the Archdeacon of London and a Canon Residentiary of St Paul's Cathedral between 1947 and 1961.[2] He served as Dean of Winchester from 1961 to 1969.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1949, Gibbs-Smith married Nora Gregg. Together they had two children: one son and one daughter.[2]


In 1953, Gibbs-Smith was made a Freeman of the City of London.[2] In the 1961 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the Bath (CBE).


  1. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 'GIBBS-SMITH, Very Rev. Oswin Harvard', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 11 May 2017
  3. ^ Church web-site
  4. ^ Material within The National Archives

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ernest Sharpe
Archdeacon of London
Succeeded by
George Appleton
Preceded by
Norman Sykes
Dean of Winchester
Succeeded by
Michael Stancliffe