Nicholas Frayling

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Nicholas Frayling

Dean of Chichester
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Chichester
In office2002 to 2014
PredecessorJohn Treadgold
SuccessorStephen Waine
Other postsRector of Liverpool (1987–2002)
Ordination1971 (deacon)
1972 (priest)
Personal details
Birth nameNicholas Arthur Frayling
Born (1944-02-29) 29 February 1944 (age 75)
London, England
EducationRepton School
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
Cuddesdon College

Nicholas Arthur Frayling CStJ (born 29 February 1944) is a British Church of England priest. From September 2002 to February 2014, he served as the Dean of Chichester.

Early life and education[edit]

Frayling was born on 29 February 1944 in South London, England.[1] He was educated at Repton School, an independent school in Repton, Derbyshire. He studied theology at the University of Exeter, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1969. He trained for ordination at Cuddesdon College, an Anglican theological college near Oxford.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Frayling was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1971 and as a priest in 1972. From 1971 to 1974, he served his curacy at St John's Church, Peckham in the Diocese of Southwark. He then served as Vicar of All Saints Church, Tooting which is also in the Diocese of Southwark.[2]

In 1983, Frayling moved to the Diocese of Liverpool where he served as a Canon Residentiary and the Precentor of Liverpool Cathedral.[3] Then, from 1987 to 2002, he was Rector of Liverpool and as such was Rector of the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas.[2][4] In 1989, he was appointed an Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral.[2]

In September 2002, Frayling became Dean of Chichester.[5] It was announced in September 2013 that he would retire from full-time ministry in the following year.[6] He subsequently retired on 28 February 2014.[7]


In July 2013, Frayling held a public talk at Chichester Cathedral on the issue of equal marriage, as part of the annual Chichester Festivities. He expressed his view on homosexuality as "not a choice, but a given"[8] – a view which is contrary to that of the Anglican Church.

Frayling is a vocal supporter of interfaith relations and political reconciliation. He has lectured on these subjects in Switzerland, Ireland, the United States, and Israel/Palestine.[4]

Later life[edit]

Since 1 May 2014, Frayling has served as Dean of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (commonly known as the Order of Saint John).[2][9] As such, he is also a trustee of St John Ambulance.[9][10]


Nicholas Frayling is a former trustee of the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour[11] and a former Chairman of its predecessor organisation Natural Justice.

A 2012 portrait of Frayling, one of 12 heads of Contributors to British Sculpture[12] was exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013.[13]


In 2001, Frayling was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the University of Liverpool.[14] In 2003, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.[2] He was granted the Freedom of the City of Chichester in 2014.[15] Frayling was appointed Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ), in February 2016.[16]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Who's Who 2012 – Frayling, Nicholas Arthur
  2. ^ a b c d e f "FRAYLING, Very Rev. Nicholas Arthur". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
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  4. ^ a b "Dean of Chichester". Worksop Priory. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  5. ^ "The Dean – The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling". Chichester Cathedral. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2007.
  6. ^ "Appointments". Church Times. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Hundreds attend Two Special Services to Mark the Retirement of the Dean of Chichester: The Granting of the Freedom of the City of Chichester and a Farewell Evensong". Chichester Cathedral. 4 February 2014.
  8. ^ Joseph Patrick McCormick (13 July 2013). "Dean of Chichester: Being gay is 'not a choice but a given'".
  9. ^ a b "The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling to become Dean of The Priory of England and The Islands of the Order of St John". Chichester Cathedral. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  10. ^ "The Priory Council of Trustees". St John Ambulance. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  11. ^ Charity Commission. INSTITUTE FOR FOOD, BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR, registered charity no. 517817.
  12. ^ Sculpture Series Heads – Terracotta Portraits of Contributors to British Sculpture (2013) Hall, P., Scott, M. & Pheby, H. ISBN 978 0 9558675 1 4
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Honorary Graduates of the University" (pdf). University of Liverpool. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Dean of Chichester to be granted Freedom of the City". Chichester Cathedral. 24 September 2013.
  16. ^ "2483272 | Order of St John | The Gazette". Retrieved 6 February 2018.