Spencer Leeson

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The Rt Rev Spencer Leeson,[1] born Spencer Stottesbury Gwatkin Leeson, was an eminent[2] Headmaster[3] and Anglican Bishop[4] in the mid 20th century.[5]

He was born on 9 October 1892 and educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford.[6] After World War I service with the Middlesex Regiment he was Assistant Principal at the Board of Education then an Assistant Master at his old school. He was appointed Headmaster of Merchant Taylors’[7] in 1927 then Winchester[8] eight years later. Ordained Deacon in 1939 [9] and Priest in 1940 he was Rector of St. Mary's Church, Southampton[10] and then Wiccamical Prebendary at Chichester Cathedral. Appointed to the See of Peterborough in 1949 and ordained and consecrated a bishop that All Saints' Day (1 November) at Westminster Abbey[11] by Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury;[12] he held this post until his death on 27 January 1956.[13]


  1. ^ details
  2. ^ Open Library
  3. ^ Wykeham Day Address Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ List of incumbents
  5. ^ Ecclesiastical News. Canon Leeson For See Of Peterborough The Times Friday, 8 April 1949; pg. 4; Issue 51351; col G
  6. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  7. ^ School notes Archived 13 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Time Magazine
  9. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  10. ^ The Times, Monday, 21 January 1946; pg. 4; Issue 50355; col F Canon Leeson's New Appointment
  11. ^ "[photo caption] (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4526). 4 November 1949. p. 729. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ "Right Rev Cyril Easthaugh". The Times (63268). 19 December 1988. p. 14. 
  13. ^ Obituary- Dr. Spencer Leeson The Bishop Of Peterborough The Times Saturday, 28 January 1956; pg. 9; Issue 53440; col A
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Claude Martin Blagden
Bishop of Peterborough
1949 – 1956
Succeeded by
Robert Wright Stopford
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alwyn Williams
Headmaster of Winchester College
Succeeded by
Walter Oakeshott


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