Percy Ashford

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The Ven. Percival Leonard Ashford (5 June 1927 – 11 October 1998) was Chaplain-General of Prisons from 1981 to 1985.[1]

Ashford was educated at Kemp Welch School and Bristol University and ordained in 1955.[2] After a curacy at St Philip and St James's church, Ilfracombe, he was Curate-in-Charge at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Aylesbury. He was Vicar of St Olaf's, Poughill, Cornwall, before his work with the Prison Service. He worked at Wormwood Scrubs, Risley Remand Centre, Durham, Wandsworth and Winchester. He was an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen from 1982 to 1997. His last post was as Vicar of Hambledon, Hampshire.[3]


  1. ^ Independent Obituary
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1987-88; p. 15, London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-715-18066-5
  3. ^ ‘ASHFORD, Ven. Percival Leonard’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 29 March 2014
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Leslie Lloyd Rees
Chaplain-General of Prisons
Succeeded by
Keith Salisbury Pound