Charles Ridgeway

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Memorial within Chichester Cathedral

Charles John Ridgeway (14 July 1841 – 28 February 1927) was the Bishop of Chichester from 1908 to 1919.

Ridgeway was born into an ecclesiastical family: his father, Joseph Ridgeway, was Vicar of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells.[1] He was educated at St Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2][3] Ordained in 1866, he spent a Curacy at Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells [4] before becoming Vicar of North Malvern, Rector of Buckhurst Hill, Vicar of Christchurch Lancaster Gate and Rural Dean of Paddington. From 1891-1894 he was a member of the London School Board, representing the Marylebone Division.[5]

After two years (1906–1908) as Dean of Carlisle he was appointed to the Episcopate as Bishop of Chichester in 1908.[6][7] After his death his wife presented his Pectoral Cross to the Cathedral Library[8] and commissioned a memorial to him which can be seen in the nave.[9] He had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Ridgeway, Charles John (RGWY860CJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, 27 November 1863; pg. 5; Issue 24727; col F University Intelligence. Oxford, Nov. 25.
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ "The London School Board. Result of the Poll". The Daily News. 28 November 1891. 
  6. ^ New Bishop Of Chichester The Times Tuesday, 17 December 1907; pg. 9; Issue 38518; col F
  7. ^ Diocesan Registers
  8. ^ The Times, Friday, 2 October 1931; pg. 17; Issue 45943; col E Ecclesiastical News
  9. ^ Panel described

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Preceded by
Ernest Wilberforce
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Winfrid Burrows
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