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Papers of Richard Durnford, 1802 - 1895



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Born 3 November 1802, the oldest child of Rev. Richard Durnford (son of Richard Durnford of Betchworth) and his wife Louisa (nee Mount), Richard came to Eton as a King's Scholar in 1814. Verses by him are printed in Musae Etonenses and he was also a contributor to The Etonian. In 1822 he went to Magdalen College, Oxford, and was one of the founders of the Oxford Union. After obtaining a first class degree he became a fellow of Magdalen but from 1826 -1832 acted as tutor at Eton to Lord Suffield' s son Edward Harbord and also travelled extensively on the continent. He had been ordained priest in 1830 and in 1833 Lord Suffield presented him to the living of Middleton, Lancashire, although he did not immediately take up residence.

Middleton was a rapidly growing town and he became an influential local figure, building new churches, restoring the old parish church and founding a National School as well as serving on the Board of Guardians. He became rural dean in 1848, archdeacon of Manchester in 1867 and a canon of Manchester Cathedral in 1868. In 1870 he was appointed Bishop of Chichester and consecrated on 8 May. In Chichester too he took a great interest in education at all levels, reviving the theological college, and he dealt effectively with the problems of ritualism that were convulsing the Church of England at this period.

In 1840 he married Emma, the daughter of his old Head Master Dr Keate, and they had three children, Fanny Louisa, Richard (1843 - 1934) and Walter (1847 - 1926) who became Provost of King's College, Cambridge.

Richard died 14 October 1895, his wife Emma having died in 1884.


1810 - 1895

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