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Leonard Burrows

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Leonard Burrows
Bishop of Sheffield
Memorial to Leonard Hedley Burrows.JPG
DioceseDiocese of Sheffield
In office1914 – 1939 (ret.)
SuccessorLeslie Hunter
Other postsBishop of Lewes 1909–1914
Ordination1881 (deacon); 1882 (priest)
by Harold Browne (Win.)
by Randall Davidson (Cant.)
Personal details
Born(1857-12-07)7 December 1857
Rugby, Warwickshire, UK
Died6 February 1940(1940-02-06) (aged 82)
Alma materNew College, Oxford

Leonard Hedley Burrows[1] (7 December 1857 – 6 February 1940) was an Anglican bishop.


Born at Rugby, Warwickshire on 7 December 1857, he was educated at Charterhouse[2] and New College, Oxford.[3] Made a deacon in Advent 1881 (18 December) at St Andrew's Church, Farnham[4] and ordained priest the next St Thomas's Day (21 December 1882) at St Nicholas', Guildford — both times by Harold Browne, Bishop of Winchester[5] — he was a Curate at Dorking after which he was Vicar of Wrecclesham and then Rural Dean of Godalming[6] before his appointment as Bishop of Lewes.[7]

He was consecrated a bishop on 11 July 1909, by Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Croydon Parish Church.[8] Translated to Sheffield on 21 March 1914 (in a service of investiture at York Minster),[9] he served 25 years as its first diocesan bishop.[10]

The key figure in the appointment of bishops at that time was the Prime Minister, H. H. Asquith. He regarded Burrows and his wife “as rather of the ‘pushing’ order”, but still had Burrows appointed to Sheffield although Burrow’s whole career had been in the south of England.[11]

Burrows was a strong supporter of British involvement in the First World War, even though his younger son, Leonard Righton Burrows, was killed in action. He had already written of ‘ ....personal devotion and self-sacrifice even unto death in the cause of righteousness, freedom and truth.’ [12]

Three months after his son’s death, Burrows praised Church people who ‘have thrown their whole strength into the War’. [13] Clergy were serving as chaplains and in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and 51 sons of clergymen had volunteered for the military. In 1917, Burrows opposed peace proposals [14] and, in 1918, looked forward to total victory over Germany ‘For the first time in History there is a real chance of obtaining a lasting peace for the world. If the system of military and scientific barbarism for which Germany stands can be finally and completely destroyed, a League of Nations will be possible which shall exchange the law of force for the force of law. Is any sacrifice too great to achieve so priceless a blessing?’ [15]

Like so many of his generation, Burrows would be disappointed that a Second World War lay just two decades ahead.

Burrows retired from Sheffield in August, 1939, on the eve of the Second World War. He was described as a fine Christian gentleman and a splendid Diocesan. [16]

He died on 6 February 1940 aged 82.[17]

Burrows was the father of Hedley Burrows (Dean of Hereford)[18] and grandfather of Simon Burrows (Bishop of Buckingham).[19]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford, 3 February The Times Friday, February 04, 1881; pg. 12; Issue 30109; col B
  4. ^ "Ordinations on Sunday week". Church Times (#988). 30 December 1881. p. 914. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 March 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Ordinations on St Thomas's Day". Church Times (#1040). 29 December 1882. p. 939. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 March 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn). London: The Field Press. p. 1360.
  7. ^ New Suffragan Bishopric The Times Thursday, 27 May 1909; pg. 9; Issue 38970; col B
  8. ^ "Consecration of bishops. Lewes". Church Times (#2425). 16 July 1909. p. 70. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 March 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  9. ^ "The Bishop of Sheffield. Investiture at York Minster". Church Times (#2670). 27 March 1914. p. 450. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 12 March 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  10. ^ His predecessor Quirk was a suffragan bishop of York diocese; Burrows the first Diocesan
  11. ^ Lambeth Palace Library, Davidson X(10)
  12. ^ Sheffield Diocesan Gazette, January, 1915
  13. ^ Sheffield Diocesan Gazette, January, 1916
  14. ^ Sheffield Diocesan Gazette, September, 1917
  15. ^ Sheffield Diocesan Gazette, February, 1918
  16. ^ The Times obituary, 7.2.1940
  17. ^ Obituary- Rt Rev L.H Burrrows The Times Wednesday, February 07, 1940; pg. 11; Issue 48533; col F
  18. ^ ‘BURROWS, Very Rev. Hedley Robert’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2007 [1], accessed 30 June 2012
  19. ^ ‘BURROWS, Rt Rev. Simon Hedley’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [2], accessed 30 June 2012
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Lewes
Succeeded by
Herbert Jones
Preceded by
John Quirk
as bishop suffragan
Bishop of Sheffield
Succeeded by
Leslie Hunter

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