Rev Greville John Chester (Biographical details)

Rev Greville John Chester (cleric/religious official; author/poet; collector; British; Male; 25 Oct 1830 - 23 May 1892)

Also known as

Chester, Greville John


9 Pall Mall East, London (1875). 1 Bloomsbury Court, London WC (1882) 2 Russell Chambers, Bury Street, London WC (1891).


British clergyman, collector and author, born in Denton, Norfolk, the youngest son of William Chester and Elizabeth Wilson. Privately educated and then took a degree at Balliol College, Oxford. Served as curate at Crayke, Yorkshire; later at Farndish. Next became incumbent of St. Jude's, Moorfield, Sheffield, but was forced to retire owing to ill-health in 1865. Wintered in Egypt for many years and collected many antiquities in his almost annual travels, including some major pieces. Acquired objects not only for the British Museum but also the Ashmolean Museum (q.v.), Fitzwilliam Museum (q.v.) and Victoria & Albert Museum (q.v.). A personal friend of Sir William Flinders Petrie (q.v.). Collaborated with the Palestine Exploration Fund (q.v.), and a vocal player in the move of the Ashmolean Museum from Broad Street to its present site on Beaumont Street. Author of numerous scholarly articles and sermons. Died of angina in London and was buried in Kensal Green cemetery. His executor was Felix Slade (q.v.).


Seidmann G. 2006, 'The Rev. Greville John Chester and ‘The Ashmolean Museum as a Home for Archaeology in Oxford’', Bulletin for the History of Archaeology 16(1), 27-33 (DOI:

Seidmann G. 2006, 'Forgotten pioneers of archaeology in Victorian Oxford: the Rev. Greville John Chester (1830-1892)', Oxoniensia LXXI, 145-50

Seidmann S. 2006, 'Thunder, lightning and a ray of sunshine. The Rev. Greville John Chester addresses his congregation', Romulus 2006, 30-31.‎Cached

Seidmann G. 2007, 'The Rev. Greville Chester aims to be the new perpetuum mobie', Romulus 2007, 28-29.