Stanley Betts

Stanley Woodley Betts CBE (23 March 1912 – 7 June 2003) was an Anglican priest in the 20th century.[1]


Betts was educated at Perse School[2] and Jesus College, Cambridge.[3] He was ordained in 1936 and was successively a wartime chaplain with the RAF, a chaplain at Clare College, Cambridge, the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge[4] and then, in 1956, the Bishop of Maidstone[5] with the additional title of Archbishop of Canterbury's Episcopal Representative with the three Armed Forces. (Before his appointment, the last Bishop of Maidstone had been Leslie Owen, who was translated to Lincoln in 1946.) From 1966 he was Dean of Rochester, a post he held for 11 years.


  1. The Times, 20 August 1956, p8, "See Of Maidstone Revived Bishop Suffragan To The Forces"
  2. Who's Who (UK), 1971 A & C Black p736 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  3. Telegraph on-line
  4. Church website
  5. Crockford's clerical directory (Lambeth Palace, Church House) 1982 ISBN 0-19-200010-1
Church of England titles
Title last held by
Leslie Owen
Bishop of Maidstone
Title next held by
Geoffrey Lewis Tiarks
Preceded by
Cuthbert Bardsley
Bishop to the Forces
Succeeded by
John Taylor Hughes
Preceded by
Robert William Stannard
Dean of Rochester
Succeeded by
John Robert Arnold
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