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George William Outram Addleshaw was born in 1906, the son of Stanley Addleshaw, a parish priest, and his wife Rose. He read Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford, before studying theology at Cuddesdon College. He was ordained deacon in 1930 and priest in 1931, both at Winchester.
In 1930 he was appointed curate of Highfields, Southampton, a post he held until 1937 when he moved to Basingstoke. It was during this period that he travelled to Belgium and France with Gerald Ellison, later Bishop of Chester, to make a study of the Jocist movement, which promoted Christian values among industrial workers.
Between 1939 and 1946 he was Vice Principal of St Chad’s College, Durham. He was made examiner chaplain to the Archbishop of York from 1942 and to the Bishop of Chester from 1955, and was also chaplain to The Queen between 1957 and 1964.
In 1946 he was made Canon Residentiary at York Minster and Treasurer of York, and in 1949 he became curate in charge of York, St Michael le Belfrey. During his time at York he took a particular interest in the fabric of York Minster, helping to raise nearly £250,000 for urgent repair work. He was also secretary of the Canon Law Commission from 1948 and served in the Convocations of Durham and York.
In 1963 he was made Dean of Chester. As Dean he oversaw renovations at Chester Cathedral and worked with architect George Pace to plan the new freestanding bell tower there, now known as Addleshaw Tower.
Addleshaw was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society from 1949 and published several books, including ‘The High Church Tradition: A Study in the Liturgical Thought of the Seventeenth Century’ in 1941, ‘The Architectural Setting of Anglican Worship’, which he wrote with architect R. A. Etchells in 1948, and ‘Rectors, vicars and prtons in twelfth and early thirteenth century canon law’ in 1987.
Dean Addleshaw died on 14 June 1982.
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"Very Rev George Addleshaw." Times, 18 June 1982, p. 12. The Times Digital Archive, tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/4Xkq30. Accessed 16 Mar. 2017.
'Crockford's Clerical Dictionary 1975/76' (Oxford, 1975).