John Lang (priest)

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Denis Alva Parsons working on the portrait head of John Lang
(Lichfield Cathedral)

John Harley Lang (27 October 1927 – 3 June 2012) was an Anglican priest in the second half of the 20th century.

Lang was educated at Merchant Taylors' and trained for the priesthood at King's College London. After National Service with the 12th Royal Lancers he was ordained in 1952. Following a curacy at the large city parish of St Mary's, Portsea, Portsmouth[1] he was Priest Vicar of Southwark Cathedral then Chaplain of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2] From 1963 until 1980 he worked in religious broadcasting for the BBC.[3] Finally[4] he was Dean of Lichfield[5] for 13 years.[6] He died on 3 June 2012.[7]


  1. ^ Church web site
  2. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Staffordshire archives
  5. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Jan 23, 1980; pg. 10; Issue 60531; col A Church news New Dean of Lichfield
  6. ^ Lichfield Cathedral web-site[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Daily Telegraph Issue no 48,844 dated June 12, 2012 "Head of BBC broadcasting who later met the challenge of change at Lichfield Cathedral"
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Holderness
Dean of Lichfield
Succeeded by
Tom Wright