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Alfred Edwards (archbishop)

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Church  Church in Wales
Ordination  1875
Elected  1920
Consecration  1889
In office  1920-1934
Name  Alfred Edwards
Successor  Charles Green

Alfred Edwards (archbishop)

Alfred George Edwards, DD (2 November 1848 – 22 July 1937) was elected the first archbishop of the disestablished Church in Wales.

Alfred George Edwards Alfred George Edwards Archbishop of Wales 18481937 Art

The son of a priest of the Church of England, Edwards was born in Llanymawddwy in Gwynedd. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford, before being appointed warden of Llandovery College in 1875. In the same year he was ordained as a priest and in 1885 he was appointed the vicar of St Peter's Church, Carmarthen.

In 1889 Edwards was appointed the Bishop of St Asaph. He was a strong defender of the rights of the established Church of England in Wales in the face of mounting call for disestablishment from the nonconformist and liberal majority.

He was Honorary Chaplain to the Denbighshire Yeomanry from 2 August 1902.

When the Church of England in Wales was disestablished and became the Church in Wales in 1920, he was elected the first Archbishop of Wales. He retired in 1934, died in 1937 and was buried at St Asaph.

References

Alfred George Edwards Wikipedia


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