Luke Paget

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Henry Luke Paget

Henry Luke Paget[1] (1853−1937) was the 4th Anglican Bishop of Stepney from 1909[2] until 1919 when he was appointed Bishop of Chester.[3]

Paget was born in 1853 [4] and educated at Shrewsbury and Christ Church, Oxford before embarking on an ecclesiastical career. He was the son of Sir James Paget and brother of Francis Paget. He was ordained on 16 June 1877 (Trinity Sunday) and went as assistant curate to St Andrew's Wells Street in London's West End, serving under Benjamin Webb, the co-founder of the Cambridge Camden Society which had campaigned for the building of the church which had opened in 1847. In 1879 Paget went to the Leeds Clergy School as vice principal but returned to London's East End in 1881. The happiest period of this career, he stated, was at this East End mission to the poor.[5] After an incumbency at St Ives, Cambridgeshire and a brief period as the suffragan Bishop of Ipswich he was translated to be the Bishop of Stepney in 1909, a position he held until becoming Bishop of Chester in 1919. This appointment was not without controversy as he was by then 66. But he was to serve until 1932 when he was 79.

St Andrew's Wells Street was physically moved to Kingsbury in North West London and opened in 1934. Bishop Paget attended the opening and was said to have been moved by handling vessels he had used when he was a new priest. He asked to be buried in the graveyard adjacent to the church so that he could be near to his beloved St Andrew's. This is where he lies with his wife, having been buried there after his death in 1937.[6]

Paget and his wife, Elma Katie, had a son in 1901, Paul Edward Paget, who rebuilt many of the London churches damaged during World War II. A biography of Paget, Henry Luke Paget: portrait and frame (London: Longmans, Green, 1939), was written after his death by his wife.


  1. ^ British History Online — Rectors and their times
  2. ^ Bishop of Stepney Nominated (News) The Times Wednesday, 12 Jun 1957; pg. 8; Issue 53865; col E
  3. ^ The Times, Monday, 23 Jun 1919; pg. 14; Issue 42133; col B New Bishop Of Chester. Bishop Of Stepney Appointed
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ The Bishop Of Stepney On East London Poverty, The Times, 20 January 1909, p4.
  6. ^ "31 Years a Bishop". Evening Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 28 April 1937.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Carnac Fisher
Bishop of Ipswich
1906 –1909
Succeeded by
No appointment
Preceded by
Cosmo Lang
Bishop of Stepney
1909 –1919
Succeeded by
Henry Mosley
Preceded by
Francis Jayne
Bishop of Chester
1919 –1932
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Fisher

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