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Alec Vidler

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Alexander Roper Vidler (1899–1991), known as Alec Vidler, was an English Anglican priest, theologian, and ecclesiastical historian, who served as Dean of King's College, Cambridge, for ten years from 1956 and then, following his retirement in 1966, as Mayor of Rye, Sussex. Biography Vidler was born on 27 December 1899 in Rye, Sussex, the son of shipowner and amateur local historian (author of A New History of Rye, published in 1934, and The Story of the Rye Volunteers, published in 1954) Leopold Amon Vidler (1870–1954) of The Stone House, Rye, and his wife Edith Hamilton, daughter of Edward Roper. The shipowning Vidler family had a long association with Rye, with Alec's great-grandfather, John Vidler, vice-consul for France, Sweden, Norway, and the Hanse Towns, being an alderman of the town, and his descendants serving as mayors, aldermen and councillors. Thus, Alec Vidler's father, grandfather and great-grandfather served as Mayor of Rye. The founder of Ascham St Vincent'
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