Neville Lovett

Ernest Neville Lovett CBE (16 February 1869 8 November 1951) served as the Bishop of Portsmouth in the Church of England from 1927 to 1936[1] and as the Bishop of Salisbury from 1936 to 1946.[2]


Lovett was born in Torquay on 16 February 1869 and educated at Sherborne School and Christ's College, Cambridge.[3][4][5]

Lovett was ordained in 1892 and served as priest at Clifton, Wymynswold in Kent (now called Womenswold[6]), Bishop's Caundle in Dorset and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. He was Rector of Farnham, Surrey from 1908 to 1912.[7]

In 1909 Lovett produced a historical tableaux describing the history of Farnham since the Roman period which was played in the newly built church house. This representation was developed as the "Farnham Historical Episodes" performed in the Farnham Castle ground in 1910.

In 1912 Lovett wrote another historical pageant, The passing of the Bailiff: a play of Georgian Farnham: recalling certain incidents there in the year 1793 (circa) and the people who took part therein.[8] This was successfully performed and the text published.[9]

In February 1925 he was appointed Vicar of Portsmouth and in March collated as the first Archdeacon of Portsmouth. When the new diocese of Portsmouth was created on 1 May 1927 he was elevated to be its first bishop. His appointment as Bishop of Portsmouth was recorded in The Times on 25 May 1927.[10] He was 58 at the time of the appointment. He was enthroned on 4 October 1927.

In May 1936, he was appointed the Bishop of Salisbury.[11] He announced in May 1945 that he would resign on 30 April 1946.[12] He died on 8 September 1951. His obituary appeared in The Times on 10 September 1951.

Until it was replaced by the Fareham Academy in 2013, there was a school in Fareham, Hampshire called the Neville Lovett Community School.[13] There is another Bishop Lovett School at Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

He married Evelyn Block in 1894. They had five daughters. She died in 1937.

Plaque at St Matry & All Saints, Droxford

In retirement he lived at Meon Lea, Droxford.[14]


The British Library lists the following publications::


  1. First Bishop Of Portsmouth. Archdeacon Lovett Appointed, The Times, 25 May 1927; pg. 18; Issue 44590; col C
  2. National Archives
  3. The Times, 12 February 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35125; col B, University Intelligence, Cambridge, Feb. 11.
  4. "Lovett, Ernest Neville (LVT888EN)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. "Lovett, Ernet Neville". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  6. Details of name change
  7. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  8. "The Passing of the Bailiff Farnham", Lovett, N; Farnham, E.W.; Langham, 1912
  9. Farnham Folk Play, The Times, 12 November 1912; pg. 13; Issue 40054; col F
  10. This article (ibid) gives a history of his previous appointments.
  11. The Times, 18 May 1936
  12. The Times, 26 May 1945
  13. "Introduction | Fareham Academy". Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  14. Farming Festivals (Letters to the Editor) Neville Lovett, Bishop. Meon Lea, Droxford, Hampshire, The Times, 29 December 1948; pg. 7; Issue 51265; col G
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Portsmouth
1927 1936
Succeeded by
Frank Partridge
Preceded by
St Clair Donaldson
Bishop of Salisbury
1936 1949
Succeeded by
William Louis Anderson
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