Charles Henry Hall (priest)

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Charles Henry Hall

Charles Henry Hall (1763–1827) was an English churchman and academic, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and then Dean of Durham.


He was the son of Charles Hall (1718–1774), dean of Bocking, Essex, and Elizabeth Carsan (b. 1738), and uncle of watercolour artist John Frederick Tayler.[1] He was admitted to Westminster School in 1775, was elected to Christ Church, Oxford, and matriculated on 3 June 1779. In 1781 he won the chancellor's prize for Latin verse on Strages Indica Occidentalis, and in 1784 the English essay on The Use of Medals. He graduated B.A. in 1783, M.A. in 1786, B.D. in 1794, and D.D. in 1800. From 1792 to 1797 he was tutor and censor of Christ Church. In 1793 he served the office of junior proctor.[2]

Hall was presented by his college to the vicarage of Broughton-in-Airedale, Yorkshire, in 1794. In 1798 he was appointed Bampton lecturer and prebendary of Exeter. He became rector of Kirk Bramwith, Yorkshire, in June 1799, and prebendary of the second stall in Christ Church Cathedral on 30 November of that year. In 1805 he was made sub-dean of Christ Church, and in 1807 vicar of Luton, Bedfordshire, a preferment which he held until his death.[2]

In February 1807 Hall was elected Regius Professor of Divinity, and moved to the fifth stall in Christ Church. He resigned both offices in October 1809, on being nominated Dean of Christ Church. He was prolocutor of the lower house of convocation in 1812. On 26 February 1824 he was installed Dean of Durham. He died at Edinburgh on 16 February 1827. He published his Bampton Lectures on Fulness of Time in 1799, and some single sermons.[2]


Hall married in 1794 Anna Maria Bridget Byng (1771–1852), daughter of the Hon. John Byng (later fifth Viscount Torrington).[2] Their son Percy Francis Hall (1801–1884) attended one of the Powerscourt Conferences. He was a pacifist who joined the Plymouth Brethren, and published in 1833 a pamphlet justifying his resignation as a naval officer.[3][4][5][6][7] He had initially been under the influence of Edward Irving.[8]


  1. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Tayler, Frederick". Dictionary of National Biography. 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ a b c d Goodwin 1890.
  3. ^ Schneider, Michael (2013), "'The extravagant side of Brethrenism': The Life of Percy Francis Hall (1801–84)", in Grass, Tim, ed., Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach among the Brethren, Troon, UK: Brethren Archivists and Historians Network, pp. 17–44, ISBN 9780957017733
  4. ^ Carter, Grayson (2015). Anglican Evangelicals: Protestant Secessions from the Via Media, c. 1800–1850. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 209. ISBN 9781498278379. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ Brock, Peter (1972). Pacifism in Europe to 1914. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 401. ISBN 9781400867493. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  6. ^ Need, Ovid (2002). The Death of the Church Victorious. Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Publishers. p. 193. ISBN 9781589603011. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  7. ^ Callahan, James Patrick (1996). Primitivist Piety: The Ecclesiology of the Early Plymouth Brethren. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. p. 8. ISBN 9780810831261. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  8. ^ Clarke, Matthew Austin (2009). "A Critical Examination of the Ecclesiology of John Nelson Darby" (PDF). p. 243, note 44. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoodwin, Gordon (1890). "Hall, Charles Henry". In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 24. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 61–62.

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