George Granville Bradley
|Dean of Westminster|
|Church||Church of England|
|Predecessor||Arthur Penrhyn Stanley|
|Born||11 December 1821|
|Died||13 March 1903(aged 81)|
|Alma mater||University College, Oxford|
Bradley was educated at Rugby under Thomas Arnold, and at University College, Oxford, of which he became a Fellow in 1844. He was an assistant master at Rugby from 1846 to 1858, when he succeeded G.E.L. Cotton as Headmaster of Marlborough College in Wiltshire.
In 1870, Bradley was elected Master of his old college at Oxford. Under his mastership, he and the fellows of the College celebrated its apocryphal thousandth anniversary since its supposed founding by Alfred the Great. In August 1881 he was appointed Dean of Westminster in succession to Rev. Stanley, whose pupil and intimate friend he had been, and whose biographer he became. By the turn of the 19th century, he was in declining health, and had to be absent from his duties for considerable periods. He took part in the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 9 August 1902, and asked the King to be allowed to resign from his duties later the same month. For his service, he was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) two days after the ceremony, on 11 August 1902.
Bradley was an Acting Chaplain of the 13th Middlesex (Queen´s Westminsters) Volunteer Rifle Corps for 20 years, and received the Volunteer Officers' Decoration (VD) on 21 February 1902.
Besides his Recollections of A. P. Stanley (1883) and Life of Dean Stanley (1892), Bradley published a revised version of Thomas Kerchever Arnold's Latin Prose Composition (commonly referred to by generations of Latin students as "Bradley's Arnold"); his more advanced intended work on Aids to Writing Latin Prose: with Exercises was edited and completed by T. L. Papillon. Further works were Lectures on Job (1884) and Ecclesiastes (1885).
Bradley had two sons and five daughters; of these children one son, Arthur Granville Bradley (1850-1943), and four daughters were writers, including Margaret Louisa Woods, Emily Tennyson Bradley (married Alexander Murray Smith), Mabel Charlotte, the Lady Birchenough (the wife of Sir Henry Birchenough, public servant and business man) and Rose Marian Bradley.