Graham Clitheroe

Graham William Clitheroe

Rev Clitheroe was curate at All Saints from 1908 - 1911.  Ordained deacon in 1908 and priested a year later, All Saints' was his first parish.

One of his earliest claims to fame was that he was summoned to appear before Mortlake Petty Sessions in April 1911 for allowing his dog to disturb the deer in Richmond Park!!   A pleasant bicycle ride in the company of a young lady had turned a trifle sour when the reverend gentleman's dog - a wire-haired terrier - somewhat characteristically decided that the deer offered better sport than his master, who, quite probably, had his attentions elsewhere. Once the dog had taken off there was little that could be done for, although small, it could easily outrun a curate on a bike! The incident cost Mr. Clitheroe a fine of 10s., 9/6d. in costs and, no doubt, more than a little embarrassment!  

He left All Saints for Lewisham (1911-12), S. Cyprian, Brockley (1912-15), Limpsfield, S. Andrew (1915-20), Buckland Brewer (1920-26), All Saints', Wolverhampton (1926-31), Vicar of Holy Trinity Coventry from 1931. Described as a high Anglo-Catholic whilst at Coventry he wrote the book – “Coventry Under Fire”  His church was one of the few buildings of stature that escaped destruction during the bombing raids of the second world war. It was not simply a lucky escape though.... he and a team of fire-fighters bravely averted the danger from the falling incendiaries during the heaviest raid on November 14th 1940 by extinguishing them and throwing them from the roof.  He married Gladys Margaret who is interred in Holy Trinity Church, Coventry

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