March 26, 1841, Li­ver­pool, England.

October 26, 1918, Lon­don, Eng­land.

West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Carpenter was educated at St. Cath­a­rine’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge (BA 1864), and 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