October 7, 1810, Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England.
January 12, 1871, Canterbury, Kent, England. For his own epitaph, he wrote: Deversorium viatoris proficientis Hierosolymam (
The inn of a pilgrim traveling to Jerusalem).
St. Martin’s, Canterbury, Kent, England.
Henry was the son of the Curate at Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire.
Hey wrote the following in his Bible at age 16:
I do this day in the presence of God and my own soul renew my covenant with God and solemnly determine henceforth to become his and to do his work as far as in me lies.
Alford attended Ilminster Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1833.
He was Curate at Winkfield, Wiltshire, and Ampton, and Vicar at Wymeswold, Leicestershire (where he served 18 years). He twice refused appointment as a bishop in the colonies. In 1853, he went to Quebec Chapel, London; in 1857, he became dean of Canterbury Cathedral. He edited the Contemporary Review (1866–70), and wrote numerous volumes on Homer, English poetry, and the Greek New Testament. His works include: