Charles Clarke (priest)

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The Ven Charles Philip Stewart Clarke, MA was an eminent Anglican priest and author[1] in the middle third of the 20th century.

He was born in 1871 and educated at Clifton College[2] and Christ Church, Oxford.[3] Ordained in 1895,[4] he was Head of the Christ Church (Oxford) Mission in Poplar until 1908. He held incumbencies at Fenton, High Wycombe, Donhead St Andrew, North Stoneham and Trotton[5] after which he was Archdeacon of Chichester from 1934 until 1946; and a Canon Residentiary at the cathedral from 1936. He retired from both posts in 1946 and died a year later on 18 December 1947.[6]

Clarke was married in 1909 to Madeleine Brooke, daughter of John and Lady Wilhelmina Brooke of Haughton Hall, and had a son and two daughters.


  • Everyman's Book of Saints. [With plates] (1914)
  • Church History from Nero to Constantine (1920)
  • St. Ignatius and St. Polycarp (1930)
  • Saints and Heroes of the Christian Church. [With portraits] (1931)
  • The Oxford Movement and after (1932)
  • Bishop Hobart and the Oxford Movement (1933)
  • The Case of the Church of England against Rome (1937)
  • The Via Media. Being a vindication of the faith and order of the Church of England, etc. (1937)
  • Bishop Chandler. A Memoir. [With a portrait] (1940)


  • Short History of the Christian Church, etc. (New edition) (1948, 3rd edition 1957)
  • Roman Claims: A Discussion by an English Churchman (1948)


  1. ^ Amongst others he wrote “Everyman’s Book of Saints”, 1914; “Church History: from Nero to Constantine”, 1920; “A Short History of the Christian Church”, 1929; “Saints and Heroes”, 1931; “The Oxford Movement and After”, 1932; “The Via Media”, 1937;and “Life of Bishop Chandler”, 1939 - British Library website accessed 31 April 2011
  2. ^ "Clifton College Register" Muirhead, J.A.O. ref no 3469: Bristol; J.W Arrowsmith for Old Cliftonian Society; April, 1948
  3. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford, Oct. 23. The Times, Thursday, Oct 24, 1889; pg. 8; Issue 32838; col A
  4. ^ Ordinations Winchester The Times, Tuesday, Dec 24, 1895; pg. 14; Issue 34768; col F
  5. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  6. ^ Obituary: The Ven. C. P. S. Clarke The Times, Friday, Dec 19, 1947; pg. 7; sue 50948; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Benedict George Hoskyns
Archdeacon of Chichester
1934 – 1946
Succeeded by
Lancelot Mason