NORMAN de LANGDALE [seated]
1936 – 1971
Ordained deacon: 1920
Ordained priest: 1921
1920 – 1930 Curate, S. Anne, Soho
1930 – 1931 Sub-Warden, S. Nicholas College, Chislehurst (now the Royal School of Church Music)
1936 – 1971 Vicar, S. Michael, Camden (from 1954 with All Saints and S. Thomas)
He was the son of William Frederick Delaval de Langdale (1865, South Shields – 1943, Colchester) and Margaret Deans Clough (1868, Jarrow on Tyne), who had married in 1892 in South Shields – he was their only child. In the 1891 census William was working as a ‘Printer and Compositor’ and living on Ernest Street, Hedworth Monkton and Jarrow, South Shields with his sister Mary Margaret and her husband John Thomas Brogdon, who was also a printer and compositor and was the head of the household; he was then only using the surname Langdale. Norman was living with his parents in 1901 (at 56 Perth Road, Hornsey) and 1911 (at 33 Arundel Square, Islington). William had attended King’s College London in 1898, gave his occupation as ‘Divinity Student’ in 1901 and graduated from the London College of Divinity in 1902.
His father was deaconed in 1905 and priested the following year, both by Arthur Winnington-Ingram, Bishop of London. His first curacy was at St David’s, Barnsbury, Westbourne Road, Islington (1905-13) and St Matthew’s, Islington (1913-15). He then became vicar of Steeple Bumpstead, Essex (1915-36) and later lived at 52 Rock Road, Cambridge (1938) and at 7 Beaconsfield Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex (1940). In the meantime Norman had become an exhibitor at Selwyn College Cambridge (Theological Trip pt I and pt I and pt ii Music), graduating BA in 1916 before attending Westcott House in 1919.
Norman was deaconed in 1920 and priested the following year, both by the Bishop of London. He also gained his Cambridge MA in 1921. His first curacy was at St Anne’s Soho (1920-30), before becoming Chaplain and Sub Warden St Nicholas College Chislehurst (1930-31). He was then curate of St Peter’s Eaton Square, in the church of St John the Evangelist, Wilton Road (1931-36). The December 1935 parish magazine announced he had been appointed as the vicar of St Michael’s and he arrived in mid January the following year. He remained at St Michael’s until 1971.