Christopher Wordsworth, bishop, scholar, 20th March 1885

He was loved as a faithful pastor, a man of prayer and a great scholar.

Christopher Wordsworth

Born in 1807, Christopher Wordsworth was Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale-cum-Goosey and for a while Rural Dean of the Vale of the White Horse. He held the living of Stanford in plurality with a Canonry of Westminster Abbey. He was loved as a faithful pastor, a man of prayer and a great scholar. After he was made Bishop of Lincoln in 1869, he continued to pray daily for the Diocese of Oxford and died in office in 1885. He is remembered for his achievements in education, synodical government, the revival of suffragan bishoprics and laying the plans for founding the Diocese of Southwell. Shortly before his death, Archbishop Benson wrote to him saying, ‘There is nothing I can say that you do not live.’