John Bardsley

Bishop of Carlisle
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DioceseDiocese of Carlisle
In office1891–1904(death)
PredecessorHarvey Goodwin
SuccessorHenry Williams
Other post(s)Bishop of Sodor and Man (1887–1891)
Personal details
Born(1835-03-29)29 March 1835
Died14 March 1914(1914-03-14) (aged 78)
EducationManchester Grammar School
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin

John Wareing Bardsley (29 March 1835 – 14 March 1914) was the Bishop of Carlisle.

He was the son of Canon James Bardsley, once a Bradford curate. As a boy he lived in Church Street, Burnley, attending Burnley Grammar School between 1843-48.[1] He continued his education at Manchester Grammar School[2] and Trinity College, Dublin.

He began his career as a curate at St Anne's Sale[3] after which he held incumbencies at St John's, Bootle[4] and then St Saviour's, Liverpool.[5] From 1880 to 1886 he was Archdeacon of Warrington and then Archdeacon of Liverpool for a year before his ordination to the episcopate as Bishop of Sodor and Man in 1887. In 1891 he was translated to Carlisle,[6] a post he held until his death on 14 March 1914.[7]

He was buried at Roughtonhead near Carlisle. Whilst at Bootle he had married Mary Powell with whom he had five children.[8]

Later generations of the Bardsley family included Cyril Bardsley, Bishop of Peterborough from 1924 to 1927, and Cuthbert Bardsley, suffragan Bishop of Croydon from 1947 to 1956, and Bishop of Coventry from 1956 to 1976.[9]


  1. ^ Bennett, Walter (1949), The History of Burnley, vol. 3, Burnley Corporation, pp. 329–330, OCLC 220326580
  2. ^ "Who was Who" 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Isle of Man web site
  4. ^ Church web site
  5. ^ "The Clergy List" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  6. ^ Images of Cumbria
  7. ^ The Times, Monday, Sep 19, 1904; pg. 9; Issue 37503; col C Funeral Of The Bishop Of Carlisle
  8. ^ "John Wareing Bardsley - Bishop 1887-1892". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  9. ^ Donald Coggan, Cuthbert Bardsley: Bishop, Evangelist, Pastor, Collins, London, 1989. ISBN 0 00 215094-8
Church of England titles Preceded byRowley Hill Bishop of Sodor and Man 1887 – 1891 Succeeded byNorman Dumenil Straton Preceded byHarvey Goodwin Bishop of Carlisle 1891 – 1914 Succeeded byHenry Williams