Alan Webster (priest)

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Alan Brunskill Webster KCVO (1 July 1918[1] – 3 September 2007) was an Anglican priest and dean.[2][3]

Webster's father, the Reverend John Webster, was the vicar of St Margaret's Church in Wrenbury, Cheshire, where he lived until 1935.[4] He was educated at Shrewsbury School and The Queen's College, Oxford.[5]

Webster was ordained in 1942[6] and began his ordained ministry with curacies in Attercliffe and Arbourthorne. He was then chaplain and vice principal of Westcott House, Cambridge. After this he was the vicar of Barnard Castle and then the warden of Lincoln Theological College. In 1970 he was appointed the Dean of Norwich and, in 1978, of St Paul's Cathedral, London. His writings included Joshua Watson (1954), Broken Bones May Joy (1968), Julian of Norwich (1974) and Reaching for Reality (2002).

Webster died on 3 September 2007.[7]


  1. Who was Who 1897-2007, London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. The Deans, T.R. Beeson, London, SCM, 2004, ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  3. Church Times
  4. Local History Group, Latham FA (ed), Wrenbury and Marbury, p67 (The Local History Group; 1999), ISBN 0-9522284-5-9
  5. University News Scholarships, The Times, 21 December 1936, p19
  6. Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth, Church House, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  7. Independent Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Norman Hook
Dean of Norwich
1970– 1978
Succeeded by
David Lawrence Edwards
Preceded by
Martin Gloster Sullivan
Dean of St Paul's
1978 – 1987
Succeeded by
Thomas Eric Evans