George Herbert Palmer

PALMER, George Herbert. b. Grantchester, Cambridge, 9 August 1846; d. Oxford, 20 June 1926. Palmer’s Christian names suggest a strong Anglican tradition, and indeed his parents were friends of John Mason Neale*. In the steps of Neale, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1868), and took Holy Orders (deacon 1869, priest 1871). He served two curacies: at St Margaret's, Toxteth Park, Liverpool (1869-76), and St Barnabas’, Pimlico (1876-83) where George Ratcliffe Woodward* was also curate from 1874 to 1882. Thus began a life-long association which was very fruitful for English church music. According to Crockford's Clerical Directory Palmer seems to have held no appointment after...

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