Arthur Morris (bishop)

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Arthur Morris
Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Diocese Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
In office 1954–1965
Predecessor Richard Brook
Successor Leslie Brown
Other posts Bishop of Pontefract and Archdeacon of Pontefract (1949–1954)
Ordination 1922 (deacon); 1923 (priest)
by William Wand
Consecration 1949
Personal details
Born (1898-02-20)20 February 1898
Died 15 October 1977(1977-10-15) (aged 79)
Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Holbrook, Suffolk (at death)
Parents E. H. Morris
Spouse Evelyn Woods (m. 1924; she d. 1953)
Children three sons
Alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Arthur Harold Morris (20 February 1898 – 15 October 1977)[1] was an Anglican bishop in the 20th century.[2]

Education and family

Born the son of E. H. Morris (of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire),[3] Arthur was educated at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, taking the degrees Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1920, and proceeding Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1924. He became a second lieutenant in the King's Regiment (Liverpool) in 1917, during World War I, trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge[3] and was ordained a deacon on Trinity Sunday (11 June) 1922[4] and a priest the next Trinity Sunday (27 May), both times by William Wand, Bishop of London, at St Paul's Cathedral.[5] He married Evelyn Ethel Woods in 1924 and they had three sons before he was widowed in 1953.[3]


Following his title post, as assistant curate of All Soul, Harlesden,[6] Morris' first incumbency was as Vicar of Great Clacton with Little Holland (1926–1930), after which he served the Church Pastoral-Aid Society as Metropolitan Secretary (from 1930). He then returned to vicaring, at St Mark's Hamilton Terrace[7] (in Marylebone, London, from 1933), later (1939–1946) also becoming Rural Dean of the St Marylebone area. He was as an RAF chaplain in World War II (1940–1945) and served, briefly, as a Proctor in Convocation for London in 1945. After the war had ended — in 1946 —, he became both Archdeacon of Halifax and a canon (of St Hilda) of Wakefield Cathedral, and was elected a Proctor for that diocese.[3]


In 1949, he was moved to a different archdeaconry and canonry of the same diocese and cathedral — Archdeacon of Pontefract and St Chad's canon[3] — and additionally appointed to the episcopate as the third Bishop of Pontefract, the bishop suffragan of the diocese.[8] His appointment to the suffragan See was approved in August 1949[9] and he was ordained and consecrated a bishop on All Saints' Day (1 November) at York Minster.[10] He was translated to be the diocesan Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1954;[11] he was installed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 22 July 1954.[12] He was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) the same year and entered the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual in 1959.[3] He retired in 1965,[1] living at the time of his death at Holbrook, Suffolk;[3] he died in his sleep at Ipswich.[6]


  1. ^ a b Obituary — The Right Rev A. H. Morris The Times Monday 17 October 1977; p. 15; Issue 60136; col. F
  2. ^ Handbook of British Chronology, Fryde, E.B; Greenway D.E; Porter,S; Roy, I; Cambridge, CUP,1996 ISBN 978-0-521-56350-5
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Morris, Arthur Harold. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 12 April 2017. closed access publication – behind paywall
  4. ^ "Ordinations on Trinity Sunday (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3099). 16 June 1922. p. 638. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ "Ordinations on Trinity Sunday (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3149). 1 June 1922. p. 638. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ a b "in memoriam: Arthur Morris (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5984). 21 October 1977. p. 13. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 13 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ Church website
  8. ^ Wakefield Diocese web-site
  9. ^ "Bishop of Pontefract (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4513). 5 August 1949. p. 511. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  10. ^ "Church News: Personal (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4524). 31 October 1949. p. 706. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  11. ^ The Times, Friday 16 July 1954; p. 10; Issue 52985; col. B New Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
  12. ^ "New Bishop of St. Edmundsbury enthroned (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4773). 30 July 1954. p. 575. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 13 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Tom Longworth
Bishop of Pontefract
Succeeded by
George Clarkson
Preceded by
Richard Brook
Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Succeeded by
Leslie Brown
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