Henry Russell Wakefield (1 December 1854 – 9 January 1933) was a Church of England clergyman.

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, he was educated at Tonbridge School and in Paris before being ordained as a priest in 1877.

His first clerical posts were in the London or Kent areas: as a curate at St Peter's Vauxhall from 1877–78 and at Barnes from 1878-1881, and as vicar of All Saints, Swanscombe 1881–1883, Lower Sydenham 1883–1888; Sandgate 1888–1894 and rector of Rector of St Mary’s, Bryanston Square 1894–1909.

He was also a member of the London School Board representing the Marylebone Division from 1897-1900.[1]

He was Mayor of St Marylebone for two consecutive terms 1903–1905 and was the first clergyman mayor in England (10 November 1903 - Nottingham Evening Post).

In 1909 he left London on becoming Dean of Norwich. He became Bishop of Birmingham in 1911, retiring in 1924.

He was a member of a number of right-wing organisations including being President of the National Council of Public Morals, Vice-President of the British Workers League and President of the Christian Counter Communist Crusade.

Wikipedia page [1] refers.


  1. "London School Board Election". The Daily News. 27 November 1897. 

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