John Watts Ditchfield
The Rt Rev John Edwin Watts-Ditchfield DD (17 September 1861 – 14 July 1923) was an eminent 20th century Anglican priest and distinguished author.
Educated at the Victoria University of Manchester and ordained in 1891, he began his career with a Curacy at St Peter Highgate after which he was Vicar of St James-the-Less, Bethnal Green. Following this he was a Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Cambridge University until his elevation to the Episcopate as the inaugural Bishop of Chelmsford, dying in post. There is a statue to him within Chelmsford Cathedral.
- Obituary First Bishop Of Chelmsford The Times Monday, Jul 16, 1923; pg. 14; Issue 43394; col B
- Amongst others he wrote “Fishers of Men”, 1899; “Liturgies for Men’s Services”, 1901; “Here and Hereafter”, 1911; “The Church in Action”, 1913; “Reservation”, 1917; and "The Church and Her Problems", 1920 > British Library web site accessed 7:55 GMT Saturday 28th November, 2009
- “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
- "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
- Telephone Lodge
- Dats in Essex History
- Cathedral web-site
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