Robert Hodson

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Robert Leighton Hodson (30 March 1885 – 8 January 1960) was the second Bishop of Shrewsbury in the modern era.[1]

Son of John Humphries Hodson and his wife Annie, he was educated at Berkhamsted School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford,[2] graduating as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in 1907 and Master of Arts (M.A.) in 1911. He trained for the Church of England ministry at Lichfield Theological College, which he entered in 1907. He was ordained Deacon in 1908 and Priest in 1910 by the Bishop of Lichfield.[3]

He was successively Curate at St Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton,[4] 1908 to 1912, and of Stavanton with Boddington, Gloucestershire, 1912 to 1917, Vicar of St Stephen’s, Cheltenham, 1917 to 1925, Vicar of St Giles, Willenhall, Staffordshire, 1925 to 1928, Rector of St Peter's and Rural Dean of Wolverhampton from 1929 to 1935 and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate in 1944) Archdeacon of Stafford from 1935.[3] Later in World War I he was a Temporary Chaplain of the Forces over 1918-19.[3] He held several positions at Lichfield Cathedral as Proctor in Convocation (1932–35), Treasurer (1935–36), Canon (1935–44) and Precentor (1936-44).[3]

He was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of Shrewsbury at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 29 September 1944. During his episcopate he concurrently served as Provost of Denstone College from 1950.[3]

Hodson married in 1913 Margery Gertrude Corker. The couple had one son and two daughters.[2]

He retired in October 1959 [2][5] and moved to Llanfairfechan in north Wales, but died less than three months later, aged 74.[2]


  1. ^ Bishop Of Shrewsbury To Retire The Times Wednesday, May 13, 1959; pg. 10; Issue 54459; col C
  2. ^ a b c d “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ a b c d e Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1959-1960. Oxford University Press. p. 1060. 
  4. ^ Genuki details
  5. ^ Obituary, Rt. Rev. R. L. Hodson The Times Saturday, Jan 09, 1960; pg. 10; Issue 54664; col B
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Eric Knightley Chetwode Hamilton
Bishop of Shrewsbury
1944 – 1959
Succeeded by
William Alonzo Parker