Douglas Crick

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Douglas Henry Crick (1885-1973) was the Anglican Bishop of Chester from 1939 until 1955. [1] [2]


Family and education

Crick was born in 1885, [3] the third child and second son of the Reverend Philip Crick, the founder and first Headmaster (1883-1909) of St Ronan's School. A strongly clerical family, his relations included the Rev’d Thomas Crick (great grandfather), the Rev’d Henry William Crick (grandfather), the Rev’d Philip Crick (father), the Rev’d Frederick William Crick (uncle), and the Rev’d John Henry Crick (uncle). His only brother, Philip Crick, was also ordained, and eventually became the Bishop of Ballarat. [4]

He was educated first at his father's school, and then at Winchester College, and New College, Oxford.


He began his ordained ministry as a chaplain to the Mersey Mission for Seamen. A curacy at Maltby followed before a period in education at his old school, Winchester College. From there he was successively vicar of Wednesbury, Archdeacon of Stoke and the suffragan Bishop of Stafford before becoming the diocesan Bishop of Chester.

In retirement he was an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester. [5] He died in 1973.

Private life

He was a Freemason in the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England, holding a number of senior masonic appointments in Cheshire including that of Third Provincial Grand Principal in the Holy Royal Arch. [6] :69

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  1. Ecclesiastical News, New Bishop Of Chester (Official Appointments and Notices), The Times, 24 October 1939
  2. Resignation of the Bishop Of Chester, The Times, London, 12 January 1955; pg. 8; Issue 53137; col C
  3. "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN   0-7136-3457-X
  4. "The Reverend Philip Crick". Hawkhurst, Kent: St Ronan’s School. Archived from the original on 11 July 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  5. Right Rev D.H. Crick, Former Bishop of Chester (Obituaries), The Times, London, 8 August 1973; pg. 16; Issue 58855; col G
  6. Brittleton, John Thomas (2019). The Provincial Grand Chapter of Cheshire, 150 Year History 1869-2019 (First ed.). Provincial Grand Chapter of Cheshire. ISBN   978-1-84047-007-9.
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Preceded by Bishop of Stafford
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Preceded by Bishop of Chester
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