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The Ven William Alexander Noblett, CBE (b 16 April 1953) is an Anglican priest[1] and author:[2] he was Chaplain-General of Prisons from 2001[3] to 2011.[4]

He was educated at The High School, Dublin, Southampton University, The University of Oxford, and Wells Theological College.[5] He was ordained deacon in 1978 and priest in 1979. After a curacy in Sholing he was Rector of Ardamine Union from 1980 to 1982. He was a Chaplain in the RAF from 1982 to 1984;[6] and Vicar of St Thomas, Middlesbrough from 1984 to 1987. He was a prison chaplain at Wakefield, Norwich and Full Sutton before becoming Chaplain General and Archdeacon of Prisons. He was a Canon and Prebend of York Minster from 2001 to 2012, and is a Canon Emeritus; an Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral from 2009 to 2012; and has been a Chaplain to the Queen since 2005. He was the recipient of the 2013 Perrie Award for his 'outstanding contribution to the criminal justice system'.[7]


  1. ‘NOBLETT, Ven. William Alexander’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 accessed 29 March 2014
  2. He has published "Prayers for People in Prison", 1998 and "Inside Faith: praying for people in prison", 2009 > British Library website accessed 08:43 GMT 29 March 2014
  3. Church news The Times (London, England), Tuesday, 5 June 2001; pg. 16; Issue 67157
  4. BBC News
  5. Debretts
  6. London Gazette 8 June 1982
  7. "The Perrie Award", The Perrie Lectures, retrieved 3 September 2014
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Fleming
Chaplain-General and Archdeacon of Prisons
Succeeded by
Mike Kavanagh

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