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Request for Information - The Late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester

The Inquiry set up by the Archbishop of York and Chaired by Her Honour Judge Sally Cahill QC is currently gathering evidence in relation to what complaints were made about alleged abuse by the late Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington, and the Church’s response to those complaints.

Ordained Deacon in 1953, Waddington began his career as curate at St John’s, Bethnal Green 1953-56. Afterwards he was Chaplain at Slade School in Warwick, Queensland, 1956-59. After 18 months as curate of St Luke’s Chesterton, in the Ely Diocese, he returned to Australia to become Headmaster of St. Barnabas School, Ravenshoe, where he remained until 1971. Returning to England he became a Canon Residentiary at Carlisle Cathedral and Bishop’s Adviser for Education 1972-77, then General Secretary of the Church of England’s General Synod Board of Education and General Secretary of the National Society from 1977-84 until becoming Dean of Manchester Cathedral in 1984. He retired to York in 1993 and died in 2007.

The Chair to the Inquiry asks that anyone who may have relevant information should contact the Clerk to The Inquiry Mrs Nicola Harding at Cathedral Chambers, 4 Kirkgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4



For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at


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