Richard Durnford

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The Rt Rev Richard Durnford (3 November 1802 – 14 October 1895) was the Bishop of Chichester from 1870[1] to 1895.[2]

He was born in Newbury, Berkshire, into an ecclesiastical family (his father was also named Rev. Richard Dunford).[3] He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford,[4] and ordained in 1831. From 1833 he was Rector of Middleton, Lancashire, and then its Rural Dean. In 1867 he became Archdeacon of Manchester and in the following year Canon Residentiary at Manchester Cathedral. In 1870 he was elevated to the Episcopate of Chichester.

He died in Basel. He has two school houses named after him, one in Eton College and one in Brighton College.


  1. ^ "Consecration Of Three Bishops In Whitehall Chapel". The Times. May 9, 1870. p. 8; col E. Issue 26745. 
  2. ^ "The Funeral Of The Late Bishop Of Chichester". The Times. Oct 21, 1895. p. 11; col B. Issue 34713. 
  3. ^  Sutton, Charles William (1901). "Durnford, Richard". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 170–171. 
  4. ^ Stephens, W.R.W, ed. (1899). A memoir of Richard Durnford, sometime bishop of Chichester (with selections from his correspondence). London: John Murray. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Ashurst Turner Gilbert
Bishop of Chichester
1870 – 1895
Succeeded by
Ernest Roland Wilberforce