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 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]

He was presented by his college to the vicarage of Broughton-in-Airedale, Yorkshire, in 1794. That same year saw his marriage to Anna Maria Bridget Byng (1771–1852), daughter of the Hon. John Byng (later fifth Viscount Torrington). 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 he 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]


  1. ^ Walter Armstrong, "Tayler, Frederick", Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 55
  2. ^ a b c Goodwin 1890.

 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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