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HENRY CHARLES BEECHING (1859— )

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 641 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HENRY CHARLES BEECHING (1859— ), English clergy-man and author, was born on the 15th of May 1859, and educated at the City of London school and at Balliol College, Oxford. Ile took holy orders in 1882, and of ter three years i11 a Liverpool curacy he was for fifteen years rector of Yattendon, Berkshire. From 1900 to 1903 he lectured on pastoral and liturgical theology at King's College, London, and was chaplain of Lincoln's Inn, where he became preacher in 1903. He became a canon of Westminster in 1902, and examining chaplain to the bishop of Carlisle in 1905. As a poet he is best known by his share in two volumes—Love in Idleness (1883) and Love's Looking Glass (1891)—which contained also poems by J. W. Mackail and J. Bowyer Nichols. He was a sympathetic editor and critic of the works of many 16th and 17th century poets, of Richard Crashaw (1905), of Herrick (1907), of John Milton (woo), of Henry Vaughan (1896). Under the pseudonym of "Urbanus Sylvan" he published two successful volumes of essays, Pages from a Private Diary (1898) and Provincial Letters and other Papers (1906). His works also include numerous volumes of sermons and essays on theological subjects.
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Henry Charles Beeching married Mary Plow, the daughter of The Rev. Anthony Plow and Harriet, nee Bridges, the sister of the poet, Robert Seymour Bridges. Mary's parents were attacked and later died of their injuries at Todmorden, Yorks. Miles Weatherill was hanged for murder at Manchester in 1868. Henry Charles was a nephew of James Beeching who built the first self-righting lifeboat.
Henry Charles Beeching became the 29th Dean of Norwich.
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