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Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher

Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher

Birth
Nuneaton, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, Warwickshire, England
Death 15 Sep 1972 (aged 85)
Trent, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Burial Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England
Memorial ID 9945 · View Source
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Archbishop of Canterbury. He served in this position from January 1945 until January 1961 and is remembered for presiding over the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. Born Geoffrey Francis Fisher in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England he was raised in Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire, England where his father served as rector. He received his education at Marlborough College in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and Exeter College, Oxford, England. He was an assistant master at Marlborough College when he decided to be ordained, becoming a priest in 1913. In 1914 he was appointed Headmaster of Repton School in Repton, Derbyshire, England. In 1932 he became Bishop of Chester in Cheshire, England and seven years later he became the Bishop of London. Upon the death of Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple in October 1944, he was appointed and confirmed the following year and set out to revise the Church of England's canon law. In 1947 he presided over the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and six years later at her coronation, which was televised for the first time. In 1960 he made a visit to Pope John XXIII, the first meeting between an Archbishop of Canterbury and a Pope since the English Reformation. He retired from his post in January 1961 and was succeeded by Arthur Michael Ramsey, against Fisher's expressed advice. He was then made a life peer, with the title Baron Fisher of Lambeth, of Lambeth in the County of London (Lambeth being a reference to Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury). His literary works include "Touching on Christian Truth: The Kingdom of God, the Christian Church and the World" (1971). He died at the age of 85 and was buried in a crypt at St Andrew's Church, Trent, Dorset, England. A side chapel at the Canterbury Cathedral is dedicated to his memory.

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  • Added: 15 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9945
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher (5 May 1887–15 Sep 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9945, citing Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .