|The Very Reverend
|Dean of Westminster|
|Church||Church of England|
|In office||1961 to 1969|
|Other posts||Archdeacon of London (1947–1961)|
|Birth name||Oswin Harvard Gibbs-Smith|
|Born||15 November 1901|
|Died||26 September 1969(aged 67)|
|Spouse||Nora (m. 1949)|
Early life and education
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.
Gibbs-Smith was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1924 and as a priest in 1925. He then spent a short spell as an Assistant Master at Harrow School. 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, and Rector of Christchurch, St Marylebone. He was the Archdeacon of London and a Canon Residentiary of St Paul's Cathedral between 1947 and 1961. He served as Dean of Winchester from 1961 to 1969.
In 1949, Gibbs-Smith married Nora Gregg. Together they had two children: one son and one daughter.
- “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- '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
- Church web-site
- Material within The National Archives
|Church of England titles|
|Archdeacon of London
|Dean of Winchester