Reverend Canon Richard Rhodes Bristow (1838 - 15 March 1914) was a Church of England clergyman.

The youngest son of Henry Essex Bristow, a City of London merchant, he was educated at St Mary Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1866. H and was ordained a priest.

His first clerical post was as curate at St Philip's, Clerkenwell. In 1867 he moved to St Stephen's, Lewisham where he became vicar in 1868.

He was chairman of the Lewisham Board of Guardians, and in 1885 he was elected as a member of the London School Board, representing the Greenwich Division. He lost his seat at the 1888 school board election but soon returned to the board when he was co-opted to the board in February 1889. He continued to represent Greenwich until 1897.

In 1891 he was made an honorary canon of Rochester Cathedral (south London forming part of this diocese at the time). In 1897 he was made rector of St Olave's, Southwark. When the Diocese of Southwark was formed in 1905, he became a canon of Southwark Cathedral.

Bristow was a "High Church" Anglican, and president of the Gregorian Choral Association. (Information on the archives of the GCA can be found here [1]


  • "Obituary: Canon Rhodes Bristow". The Times: p. 10. 16 March 1914. 

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