Reverend Canon John Gabriel Cromwell (c.1823 - 28 February 1908) was a Church of England clergyman and educationist.

He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, graduating in 1846.[1] He was ordained a priest, and in 1850 was appointed vice-principal of the Diocese of Durham Training College.[2] In 1852 he became principal of the college and subsequently gained an MA degree and was appointed an Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral.[3]

In 1864 he became principal of St Mark's College, Chelsea.[3] He held the post until 1886.[4] He was an implacable opponent of the The Cremorne, pleasure gardens that lay close to the college. He claimed the gardens had led to the streets of Chelsea being "infested with prostitutes" and placing the respectable inhabitants in danger.[5]

He was elected to the first London School Board in 1870 as one of the representatives of Chelsea, and was re-elected for a second term in 1873.

In 1886 he left London, having been appointed rector of Stisted, Essex.[6]

He retired in 1894 and died at his home in Slough in 1908 aged 84.[7]


  1. "University Intelligence". The Times: p. 5. 4 June 1846. 
  2. "News". Newcastle Courant: p. 4. 4 October 1854. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bryan, George (1869). Chelsea, in the Olden and Present Times.
  4. John Gabriel Cromwell, Principal of St Mark's (1865–1887).
  5. Paddison, Ronan (2000). Entanglements of Power: Geographies of Domination and Resistance. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 9780415184359. 
  6. "District News". Essex Standard: p. 2. 23 October 1886. 
  7. "Deaths". The Times: p. 1. 2 March 1908. 

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