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Sherard Falkner Allison (19 January 1907 – 31 May 1993) was a British Anglican bishop and successively the Bishop of Chelmsford and the Bishop of Winchester.

Falkner Allison
Bishop of Winchester
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
Electedc. 1961
Term ended1974 (retirement)
PredecessorAlwyn Williams
SuccessorJohn Taylor
Other postsBishop of Chelmsford (1951–1961)
Principal of Ridley Hall (1945–1950)
Ordination1931 (deacon); 1932 (priest)
Consecrationc. 1951
Personal details
Birth nameSherard Falkner Allison
Born(1907-01-19)19 January 1907
Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Died31 May 1993(1993-05-31) (aged 86)
Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
ParentsWilliam & Emily
SpouseRuth Hills (m. 1936)
Children2 sons & 2 daughters
Alma materJesus College, Cambridge

Early life, family and educationEdit

Allison was born in Stafford on 19 January 1907 while his father, William Sherard Allison, was Vicar of St Thomas' Church, Stafford.[1] He was born into a clergy family – besides his father, his mother Emily Beatrice's father (James Wheeler) and brother (Harold Wheeler) were already vicars – and Falkner's three brothers also became priests – Oliver Allison became Bishop in the Sudan while Roger and Gordon remained vicars.[2] Falkner (who was always known by his second forename) was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham as a child before studying as a Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge and training for the ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Priestly careerEdit

Having been ordained deacon in 1931, Allison served his title post as curate of St James's Church, Tunbridge Wells until 1934, being ordained priest in 1932. He then became Chaplain of Ridley Hall, Cambridge and Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Bradford, Alfred Blunt until 1936, when he became Vicar of Rodbourne Cheney. In 1940, Allison became Vicar of Erith until he was appointed Principal of Ridley Hall in 1945, where he served until his election as Bishop of Chelmsford. During his time at Ridley, he was also Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Rochester (until 1947) and to the Bishop of Ely (from 1947).

Episcopal careerEdit

Allison was consecrated a bishop by Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 2 February 1951 at Westminster Abbey,[3] having presumably been elected and confirmed as Bishop of Chelmsford shortly before. He served as the diocesan bishop for Essex and East London for ten years before he was made Bishop of Winchester in 1961 — his election to that See was confirmed in late December 1961.[4] He remained in Winchester until his retirement in 1974,[5] during which time he was ex officio a Lord Spiritual and Prelate of the Order of the Garter. Having retired to Aldeburgh, Allison died on 31 May 1993, aged 86.

Styles and titlesEdit


  • The Christian Life (1938) with Douglas Ernest William Harrison


  1. ^ "Allison, William Sherard (ALY881WS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ Attfield Family Tree – Family of Sherard Falkner Allison and Ruth Hills (Accessed 1 February 2014)
  3. ^ "Consecrations in two provinces". Church Times (#4592). 9 February 1951. p. 108. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 3 April 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "(picture caption)". Church Times (#5159). 29 December 1961. p. 6. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 3 April 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ E. B. Fryde, D. E. Greenway, S. Porter, I. Roy, Handbook of British Chronology (1996), p. 237 and p. 278.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Wilson
Bishop of Chelmsford
Succeeded by
John Tiarks
Preceded by
Alwyn Williams
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
John Taylor