March 26, 1841, Liverpool, England.

October 26, 1918, London, England.

Westminster Abbey, London, England.


Educated at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge (BA 1864), Carpenter was ordained by Archbishop Longley. He cultivated royalty, becoming chaplain to Queen Victoria and Clerk to the Closet of Edward VII and George V. He served as Bishop of Ripon, 1884–1911. Among other things, he ran his own Clergy School where he gave tuition in preaching; among his pupils was Studdert-Kennedy. Carpenter advocated a national system for old age pensions long before it became practical politics, and founded the Victoria Fund to provide pensions for the clergy. His works include:

  1. Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel
  2. O God, the Strength of Those Who War