Born: October 30, 1807, Bocking, Essex, England.
Died: March 20, 1885, Lincoln, England.
Buried: In the graveyard of the church at Riseholme College, north of Lincoln. There are memorials to him in Lincoln Cathedral and All Saints Church, Harewood, Yorkshire.
Christopher was a nephew of poet William Wordsworth, and father of Elizabeth Wordsworth.
He was both a scholar and athlete in his student days. Later, he served as headmaster of Harrow Boys School (1836–50), which future prime minister Winston Churchill would attend a century or so later.
Wordsworth was also vicar at Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire (1850–69), and archdeacon of Westminster, and became bishop of Lincoln in 1868.
A recognized Greek scholar, he wrote theological and other works. Of his hymns, he said,
It is the first duty of a hymn to teach sound doctrine and thence to save souls.