Charles Green (bishop)

Charles Alfred Howell Green (19 August 1864 – 7 May 1944) was an Anglican bishop of the Church in Wales. He was the first Bishop of Monmouth (1921–1928) and subsequently Bishop of Bangor during which time he served as Archbishop of Wales.

Charles Green
Archbishop of Wales
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ChurchChurch in Wales
In office1934-1944
PredecessorA. G. Edwards
SuccessorDavid Prosser
Other postsBishop of Monmouth (1921–1928)
Bishop of Bangor (1928–1944)
Personal details
Born(1864-08-19)19 August 1864
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
Died7 May 1944(1944-05-07) (aged 79)
Alma materKeble College, Oxford


Green was born in Llanelli and was educated at Charterhouse School and Keble College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1889[1] where he was President of the Oxford Union in Hilary term, 1887.

He began his ministry with a curacy at Aberdare and was subsequently Vicar then Rural Dean of the area. In 1914 he was appointed Archdeacon of Monmouth, a post he held until his elevation in 1921 as the first bishop of the newly established Diocese of Monmouth.[2]

He was expert at organisation and realising that the population of Monmouthshire had changed since the church was created he founded thirteen new parishes. The new parishes reflected the growth of industry and formed principally a new archdeaconry in Newport. He also redistributed the rural areas and created six new deaneries as part of the Archdeaconry of Monmouth. These were Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth, Netherwent, Raglan and Usk.[3]

Green was subsequently Bishop of Bangor (25 Sept. 1928–1944) during which time he also served as Archbishop of Wales (1934–1944).[4] During the latter period he was assisted by a bishop of Maenan, the only instance of a place-name being given for this purpose subsequent to Disestablishment.

Cultured but with a reputation for authoritarianism,[5] a representative of the High Church tradition, Green wrote a work on the church dedications of the Llandaff and Monmouth dioceses and the definitive guide to the constitution of the Church in Wales.

He died at Bishopcourt, Bangor, aged 79.


The Setting of the Constitution of the Church in Wales, Sweet & Maxwell, 1937.


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, 22 June 1889; pg. 17; Issue 32732; col D Ordinations Llandaff
  2. ^ First Bishop Of Monmouth. Election Of Dr. Green. (News; FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)The Times Saturday, Nov 19, 1921; pg. 5; Issue 42882; col B
  3. ^ Bishops of Monmouth Archived 28 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Diocese of Monmouth, accessed February 2012
  4. ^ Who was Who 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Obituary The Rt Rev CAH Green The Times Monday, 8 May 1944; pg. 6; Issue 49850; col F
Church in Wales titles
New title Bishop of Monmouth
Succeeded by
Gilbert Joyce
Preceded by
Daniel Davies
Bishop of Bangor
Succeeded by
David Edwardes Davies
Preceded by
A. G. Edwards
Archbishop of Wales
Succeeded by
David Prosser