Bro. Reverend Thomas Dickinson

Past Grand Chaplin of The Orange Order

Bro. Revenerend Thomas Dickinson


A Manchester Clergyman and member of John Bradford Memorial LOL 627, Rev Thomas Dickinson, served as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of England from 1905-1920.

As a young man he was interested in business, but started Christian work with Dr Hewlett, Vicar of Astley, Manchester.  He entered Queen’s College, Oxford in 1871, and graduated in 1875 with a BA in Modern History, was ordained in Lichfield in 1876, being licensed to the Curacy of Holy Trinity Parish, Derby.  In 1878, he took the MA Degree.  After two years at Derby, he was appointed to the Curacy-in charge of the Conventional District of St Luke, near Openshaw.

Rev Thomas Dickinson was appointed curate-in-charge of St Clement’s Church Higher Openshaw on 7 April 1878; he remained in this position until 1881 when he became rector until 1919.  His long ministry at St Clement’s of nearly 41 years came to a close on 2 March 1919 with his retirement.  He had watched over the growth of the church from almost the very beginning and had shepherded the flock faithfully through peace and war.  His Church Wardens, Mr K W Holmes and Mr J T Fletcher, wrote: ‘Our beloved Rector’s unvarying attitude has been – ‘To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them’ from first to last commending the example of the Bereans, who, searching the Scriptures daily, arrived at faith in faith’s great object – Christ Jesus the Lord’. 
On leaving Manchester he moved to Southport, then in 1924 he moved again to Kington in Hereford where he died in 1926.


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