Richard Watson (bishop of Burnley)

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Richard Charles Challinor Watson (16 February 1923 – 1 March 1998) was an Anglican clergyman who was the seventh Bishop of Burnley from 1970 [1] to 1988.

Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, [2] he was the son of Francis William Watson, CB MC TD DL and his wife, Alice Madelein Collings-Wells. He was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford [3] and studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge before a curacy in Stratford, London . After that he was successively: a tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; Chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford ; Vicar of Hornchurch; [4] and finally, before his ordination to the episcopate, Rural Dean of Havering.

He married Anna Chavasse, elder daughter of the Bishop of Rochester Christopher Chavasse. [5] He retired to Thame in 1988 and died 10 years later in Bullingdon, Oxfordshire. [6]

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  1. Induction details
  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007
  3. Who's Who 1970. London, A & C Black, 1971 ISBN   0-7136-1140-5
  4. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN   0-19-200008-X
  5. "Marriages". The Times , Monday, Dec 12, 1955; pg. 10; Issue 53401; col B
  6. England and Wales, Death Index, 1989–2018
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Edward Holderness
Bishop of Burnley
1970 1988
Succeeded by
Ronald James Milner