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Thompson Phillips (1832 1909) was Archdeacon of Furness from 1892 until 1901. [1]

An archdeacon is a senior clergy position in the Syriac Orthodox Church, Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, St Thomas Christians, Eastern Orthodox churches and some other Christian denominations, above that of most clergy and below a bishop. In the High Middle Ages it was the most senior diocesan position below a bishop in the Catholic Church. An archdeacon is often responsible for administration within an archdeaconry, which is the principal subdivision of the diocese. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church has defined an archdeacon as "A cleric having a defined administrative authority delegated to him by the bishop in the whole or part of the diocese." The office has often been described metaphorically as that of oculus episcopi, the "bishop's eye".

Furness peninsula and region in south Cumbria, England

Furness is a peninsula and region of Cumbria in northwestern England. Together with the Cartmel Peninsula it forms North Lonsdale, historically an exclave of Lancashire.

He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, [2] and ordained in 1857. [3] After curacies in Paddington and Coventry he held incumbencies at Holme Eden, Ivegill and Barrow-in-Furness. [4]

St Johns College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

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Curate person who is invested with the care or cure (cura) of souls of a parish

A curate is a person who is invested with the care or cure (cura) of souls of a parish. In this sense, "curate" correctly means a parish priest; but in English-speaking countries the term curate is commonly used to describe clergy who are assistants to the parish priest. The duties or office of a curate are called a curacy.

Paddington area within the City of Westminster, in central London

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For twelve years he employed Mrs. Elizabeth Everest as a nanny to his daughter, Ella; [5] in 1894, after Mrs Everest was dismissed as nanny to Winston and Jack Churchill, Rev. Phillips took her into his home for about a year, [6] until she found her final home with her sister.

Winston Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was instead a member of the Liberal Party.


  1. Canon Thompson Phillips The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Apr 20, 1909; pg. 13; Issue 38938.
  2. Venn Database [ permanent dead link ]
  3. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1908 p 1127: London, Horace Cox, 1908
  4. ‘PHILLIPS, Ven. Thompson’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 23 July 2015
  5. Churchill, Winston. My Early Life: 1874-1904. Amazon Kindle Edition. pp. Location 334.
  6. Churchill, Randolph. Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900. Amazon Kindle Edition. pp. Location 4831.
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Preceded by
Campbell West-Watson
Bishop of Penrith
1926 1944
Succeeded by
Herbert Turner

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