Lionel Ford

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Lionel George Bridges Justice Ford (3 September 1865 – 27 March 1932) was an Anglican priest who served as Dean of York after two headmasterships at notable English independent schools. [1]



Ford was born in Paddington, London, the son of William Augustus Ford and Katherine Mary Justice. [2] His father had played cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club ("MCC") and his brother Francis Ford played cricket for England. Ford's grandfather was George Samuel Ford, a well known bill discounter.

Ford was educated at Repton School and King's College, Cambridge, where he won the Chancellor's Classical Medal [3] [4] and was a member of the Pitt Club. [5] He became a school master at Eton, and was ordained a curate in the Anglican church in 1893. [6] In 1898 and 1899 he played cricket for minor county Buckinghamshire. [7]


Ford became headmaster of Repton School in 1901 and in 1910 moved to Harrow, where he was headmaster until 1925. [8] in 1925 he became the dean at York, a post he was to hold until his death on Easter Sunday seven years later. [9] His memorial is in the restored Zouche Chapel. [10]

Personal life

Ford married in 1904 Mary Catherine Talbot, daughter of the education campaigner Lavinia Talbot and Edward Stuart Talbot, who was successively Bishop of Rochester, Southwark and Winchester. [11] They had:

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  1. "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN   0-7136-3457-X
  2. Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Ford, William Justice"  . Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). Vol. 2. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. The Times, Monday, 20 February 1888; p. 10; Issue 32313; col G Winner of The Chancellor’s Classical Medal
  4. "Ford, Lionel George Bridges Justice (FRT884LG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. Benson, Edward Frederic (1920). Our Family Affairs, 1867–1896. London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and Company, Ltd. p.  231.
  6. The Times, Monday, 25 December 1893; p. 9; Issue 34143; col D Ordinations. Canterbury
  7. Lionel Ford at Cricket Archive
  8. The Times, Tuesday, 31 May 1910; p. 13; Issue 39286; col E Harrow School. New Headmaster
  9. New Dean Of York Dean Bate Appointed to succeed Ford (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Saturday, 21 May 1932; p. 10; Issue 46139; col D
  10. The Times, Saturday, 9 December 1933; p. 14; Issue 46623; col E In Memory Of Dean Ford Zouche Chapel Restored At York
  11. Marriage details
  13. "HON. MRS. JOHN POLK ENGAGED TO A MAJOR". The New York Times . 26 September 1949. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
Academic offices
Preceded by Head Master of Harrow School
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Academic offices
Preceded by Headmaster of Repton School
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