Skip to main content

1st Master: William Ormond Sutcliffe (1897-1904), 1896 - 1904

Reference Code: GBR/1935/EDAR 1/1

Scope and Contents

Sutcliffe's papers include a general correspondence series, papers relating to the drafting of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and papers relating to the acquisition of the land and buildings on Mount Pleasant.


  • Creation: 1896 - 1904


Biographical / Historical

William Ormond Sutcliffe was the son of Joseph Sutcliffe and Mary Ellen Furness and was born in Halifax, 24 October 1856. He was educated at Shrewsbury School (1870-75) and St John's College, Cambridge (1876-80), taking a First in the Classical Tripos. At some point shortly after 1882 he was received into the Catholic Church and on 25 February, 1888, he was ordained priest for the Diocese of Westminster from St Thomas's Seminary, Hammersmith. For the next two years he was on the staff of the Seminary. In 1890 he was appointed Diocesan Inspector of Schools, to the duties of which office he added, in 1893 or 1894, the duties of Chaplain to the Sisters of St Veronica at St Veronica's Retreat in Chiswick. In 1896 he was sent as parish priest to Hampton Wick, but was there for no more than one year. On 11 March, 1897, he took up residence at St Edmund's House, Cambridge, as its first Master. When he left Cambridge in 1904, William Sutcliffe was no more than 47 years old and he had another 41 years to live. But he never returned to parochial life. He was re-appointed to the Diocesan Inspectorate of Schools and in 1906 became Chief Inspector. Three years after this he was nominated a canon of the Westminster Chapter. He died 16 November, 1944, at Mayfield, Sussex and was buried there four days later by the 7th Master of St Edmund's House, John Petit. [Notes courtesy of Garrett Sweeney, 'St Edmund's House, Cambridge: The First Eighty Years'.]


11 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials



Sutcliffe, William Ormond, 1856-1944

Finding aid date

2007-04-03 10:33:59+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the St Edmunds College Archive Repository

St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0BN United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 760873