Richard Randall

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Dean Richard William Randall

Richard William Randall (13 April 1824 – 23 December 1906) was an Anglican priest in the second half of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th.

Early life[edit]

Randall was born, into an ecclesiastical family, the eldest son of the Ven. James Randall, in Bloomsbury on 13 April 1824.[1] Richard Randall was first educated at Winchester College, from there he matriculated on 12 May 1842, aged 18 and studied at Christ Church, Oxford.[2] He took his B.A. in 1846 and was awarded his M.A. in 1849.[3] He received the degree of D.D. from his university in 1892.[2]


Randall was ordained in 1847.[4] He was a Curate at St Mary, Binfield, then succeeded Archdeacon Manning (later Cardinal Manning) as Rector of St Mary Magdalene West Lavington, before becoming the first Vicar of All Saints, Clifton, a post he held between 1868 and 1892.[5] While at Clifton he reintroduced the ancient Catholic usages. The principal service on Sunday morning was a Choral Eucharist, presented with all the dignity and solemnity that was possible, but always within the statutes of the Church of England, and the desires of the Bishop.[6]

In 1892 Randall became Dean of Chichester,[7] holding the post for ten years.[8] He found it difficult fitting in with chapter life and when he resigned the deanery in 1901, he wote to the bishop complaining of the bitter disappointment of these many years.[5]

While dean of Chichester he managed to upset the local citizens; he objected to what he felt was the elaborate music in the cathedral, however the local citizens felt differently and organised a petition asking him to leave the music alone.[5] Also according to the local newspaper he caused great offence by not standing during Handel's Hallelujah chorus.[5] He died, in Bournemouth, on 23 December 1906.[2]


  1. ^ His father was Archdeacon of Berkshire > “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ a b c "Obituary." The Times 24 Dec. 1906 Issue 38211". The Times Digital Archive: 4.  Retrieved 17 March 2012
  3. ^ Foster, Joseph (1891). Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1888. Vol III. OUP. p. 1174. 
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  5. ^ a b c d Lowther Clarke, W.K. (1959). Chichester Cathedral in the 19th Century. Chichester Papers. 14. Chichester City Council. pp. 16 – 17. OCLC 24119958. 
  6. ^ "All Saints Clfton". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  7. ^ The Times, Monday, Feb 15, 1892; pg. 10; Issue 33561; col D Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  8. ^ British history on-line

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Francis Pigou
Dean of Chichester
1892 – 1902
Succeeded by
John Julius Hannah