Raymond Furnell

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Raymond Furnell (18 May 1936 – 10 July 2006) was the Dean of York from 1994 to 2003.[1]

His first ministry position was as a curate at Cannock,[2] in the Diocese of Lichfield, from 1965 to 1969. From there, he moved to become vicar of Clayton part of Newcastle-under-Lyme, a position he held from 1969–1975. He then became Rural Dean for Stoke North[3] — a post he held until 1981 when he became Provost of St Edmundsbury. He remained in that post until his move to York Minster in 1994.[4] He retired from York Minster in late May 2003.[5] Following his retirement, he returned to Bury St Edmunds[6] but was a regular visitor to York. While Dean of York, he played a major role in the presentation of the York Mystery Plays to celebrate the Millennium.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, Dec 06, 1974; pg. 18; Issue 59263; col E Church news
  4. ^ Times Obituary
  5. ^ "Insults fly after Canons decide to close library (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7317). 30 May 2003. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 8 May 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ The Very Reverend Raymond Furnell - Telegraph Retrieved 2011-04.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Maddock
Provost of St Edmundsbury
Succeeded by
James Atwell
Preceded by
John Southgate
Dean of York
Succeeded by
Keith Jones