Peter Townley

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Peter Townley (born 16 November 1955) has been Archdeacon of Pontefract since 2008.[1]

Townley was born in Manchester and educated at Moston Brook High School, the University of Sheffield and Ridley Hall, Cambridge.[2] He was ordained deacon in 1980, and priest in 1981. After a curacy at Christ Church, Ashton-under-Lyne he was Priest in charge of St Hugh, Oldham. He was Rector of All Saints’, Stretford from 1988 to 1996; and then Vicar of St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich from 1996 to 2008. He was also Rural Dean of Ipswich from 2001 to 2008.[3] In 2004, he was nominated for a bravery award after apprehending a thief, who had stolen a parishioners's handbag.[4]


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ "Townley Peter". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. ^ TOWNLEY, Ven. Peter Kenneth’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016 ; online edn, November 2016 accessed 25 July 2017
  4. ^ "Vicar could receive bravery award". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
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Preceded by
Jonathan Greener
Archdeacon of Pontefract

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