Harry Carpenter (bishop)

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Harry James Carpenter (b. Liss 20 October 1901 – d. Oxford 24 May 1993) was an English bishop and theologian. He was Warden of Keble College, Oxford (1939–1955) and then 37th Bishop of Oxford[1] (1955[2]–1970.[3]).

Harry Carpenter was educated at Churcher's College and Queens' College, Cambridge;[4] and ordained after a period of study at Cuddesdon College in 1928.[5] His first post was a curacy in Leatherhead.[6]

Carpenter married Urith Monica Trevelyan, a teacher. Their son was the eminent biographer, writer, and radio broadcaster, Humphrey Carpenter.

From 1962 to 1970, Carpenter he lived in the village of Cuddesdon, where there had historically been a bishop's palace, but his successors found this impractical and in 1978 the bishops reverted to living within the city.[7] He initiated the ecumenical discussions which eventually resulted in the building of the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in Milton Keynes.

There is a parish school named after Carpenter in the Oxfordshire village of North Newington.


  1. Diocesan web site
  2. Bishop Of Oxford Nominated. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 08, 1954; pg. 8; Issue 53109
  3. News in Brief. The Times (London, England), Saturday, Sep 12, 1970; pg. 14; Issue 57969
  4. Who was Who 1897-2007 London: A & C Black (1991) ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth: Church House (1976) ISBN (invalid) 0108153674, alternate version: ISBN 0-19-200008-X, OCLC 25885092, OCLC 59162245
  6. The Independent obituary
  7. New home is 'no palace' | the Door

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Beresford Kidd
Warden of Keble College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Eric Symes Abbott
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Kenneth E. Kirk
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Kenneth John Woollcombe