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Allan Webb

Allan Becher Webb (also spelled "Alan"; 1839 – 1907) was the second Bishop of Bloemfontein, afterward Bishop of Grahamstown and, later, Dean of Salisbury.[1]


  • Early years 1
  • Bishop of Bloemfontein 2
  • Bishop of Grahamstown 3
  • Dean of Salisbury 4
  • Role in creation of sisterhoods 5
  • Styles and titles 6
  • Notes and references 7
  • External links 8

Early years

Webb was born in 1839 in

Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Edward Twells
Bishop of Bloemfontein
1870 – 1883
Succeeded by
George Wyndham Hamilton Knight-Bruce
Preceded by
Nathaniel James Merriman
Bishop of Grahamstown
1883 – 1898
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Cornish
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George David Boyle
Dean of Salisbury
Succeeded by
William Page Roberts

External links

  1. ^ Lewis & Edwards 1935.
  2. ^ Lewis & Edwards 1935, p. 408.
  3. ^ Lewis & Edwards 1935, pp. 408 – 434.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Lewis & Edwards 1935, pp. 274 – 281.
  6. ^ London Gazette 1901.
  7. ^ a b Lewis & Edwards 1935, p. 280.
  8. ^ Webb 1883.

Notes and references

  • Mr Alan Webb ( - 1863)
  • The Revd Alan Webb (1863 - 1870)
  • The Rt Revd Alan Webb (1870 - 1871)
  • The Rt Revd Dr Alan Webb (1871 - )

Styles and titles

Webb was one of the first Anglican bishops to support and nurture corporate women's work in the church through the formation of sisterhoods:[8] The Community of St Michael and All Angels in Bloemfontein and Kimberley (a foremost member being Sister Henrietta); and the Community of the Resurrection and St Peter's Home in Grahamstown (under the leadership of Mother Cecile)[7]

Role in creation of sisterhoods

In June 1901, Webb became dean of Salisbury,[6] where he died in 1907. A set of three stained glass windows in Salisbury Cathedral were dedicated to his memory.[7]

Dean of Salisbury

Webb resigned from Grahamstown in 1898, going first as provost at Inverness Cathedral.

[5] the chancel being consecrated in 1893.[4] In 1883, on the advice of the

Bishop of Grahamstown

One of Webb's first tasks was to oversee the planting of the Anglican Church on the Diamond Fields in the west of the Diocese of Bloemfontein. From this foundation would eventually spring (in 1911) the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman. Other major works included the establishment of the Community of St Michael and All Angels, a nursing order based in Bloemfontein and Kimberley, where Sister Henrietta Stockdale pioneered aspects of nursing and provided for the first state registration of nurses in the world. Under Webb the Brotherhood of St Augustine of Hippo grew in strength at Modderpoort in the eastern Free State.[3]

On St. Andrew's Day (30 November) 1870 Webb responded to an appeal from Bishop Robert Gray of Cape Town to accept the Bishopric of Bloemfontein in the interior of South Africa. He was consecrated at Inverness Cathedral in Scotland and sailed for the Cape on 25 April 1871, arriving in Cape Town on 28 July.

Bishop of Bloemfontein

Webb's first posting was as rector of Avon Dassett.


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