Walter Farquhar Hook

HOOK, Walter Farquhar. b. London, 13 March 1798; d. Chichester, 20 October 1875. The son of a clergyman, James Hook, and his wife, Anne Farquhar, he was educated at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1821, MA 1824; DD, 1837). He took Holy Orders (deacon 1821, priest 1822), serving a curacy under his father at Whippingham, Isle of Wight. In 1825 he became Perpetual Curate of Moseley, Birmingham, and then vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry (1828-37), where he worked among the poor of the city at a time of hardship and distress. He became vicar of Leeds in 1837, at a time when his sympathy with the Tractarians caused some problems, but his work there overcame much of the...

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