The Right Reverend George Ridding, Bishop of Southwell and his wife Lady Laura Ridding in the Drawin
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Rt. Rev. George Ridding was born in 1828. He was Head Master of Winchester College, and was married to Lady Laura Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of Rt. Hon. Sir Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selbourne and Laura Waldegrave, on 26 October 1876. He became the 1st Bishop of Southwell after vigorous steps were taken to create a new diocese, to consist of the counties of Nottingham and Derby, and to raise Southwell Minster to the dignity of a cathedral church. These efforts were happily successful, and the endowment having been secured by subscription, an Order in Council was issued on February 2, 1884, founding the bishopric, and the collegiate church of Southwell became the cathedral of the new diocese. The first Bishop nominated was the Right Rev. George Ridding, D.D. who was consecrated on May 1, 1884. Lady Laura Ridding helped him with his work and was involved with local groups and committees such as the Southwell Board of Guardians. He died on 30 August 1904. He is fondly remembered for a rambling quote which he gave in a Sermon to the London Mission of 1885:- 'I feel a feeling which I feel you all feel.'