Walter Matthews (priest)

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Walter Matthews

Walter Robert Matthews[1] CH KCVO[2] (1881 – 5 December 1973) was an Anglican priest.[3][4][5]

Born in 1881[6] he was educated at Wilson's School and King's College London. He was ordained in 1907[7] and was a curate at St Mary Abbots' Kensington and St Peter's Regent Square. After that he was a lecturer in and then a professor of theology at King's College London.[8] From 1918 he was also Dean of the college.[9] In 1931 he became an Honorary Chaplain to the King[10] and Dean of Exeter.[11] Then in 1934 he became Dean of St Paul's,[12] a post he held for 33 years. An author,[13] he died on 5 December 1973.[14]


  1. NPG details
  2. List of CH
  3. National Archives
  4. Matthews , Walter Robert (1881–1973), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Davenport-Hines,R. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004) ISBN 0-19-861411-X
  5. "The Deans", Beeson,T.R: London, SCM, 2004 ISBN 0-334-02987-2
  6. “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  7. "The Clergy Register" London, Kelly’s, 1913
  8. College archives
  9. History of King’s College Chapel
  10. Chaplain To The King The Times Wednesday, 28 October 1931; pg. 12; Issue 45965; col E
  11. New Dean Of Exeter The Times Wednesday, 14 October 1931; pg. 12; Issue 45953; col F
  12. Time Magazine
  13. Amongst others he wrote "Studies in Christian Philosophy", 1921; " God and Evolution", 1926; " The Purpose of God", 1935; Christ, 1939 "The Foundations of Peace", 1942; "Some Christian Words", 1956; " Memories and Meanings", 1969; and finally "The Year Through Christian Eyes", 1970 > British Library web site accessed 11;48 GMT 5 July 2009
  14. Dr W. R. Matthews Former Dean of St Paul's The Times Wednesday, 5 December 1973; pg. 21; Issue 58956; col F

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Reginald Gamble
Dean of Exeter
1931– 1934
Succeeded by
Spencer Cecil Carpenter
Preceded by
William Ralph Inge
Dean of St Paul's
1934 – 1967
Succeeded by
Martin Gloster Sullivan