Francis James Chavasse, Bishop of Liverpool (1900-1923), is a name that is becoming better known to the people of Sutton Coldfield partly as a result of the transcription of his compelling diary, two large volumes of which are now to be found in the Local Studies Department of Sutton Coldfield Library (Reference: SH78.1CHA).

Frank lived at Wylde Green House, Sutton Coldfield and he and other members of his family made their mark on the town, many being doctors or clergymen.

This article is in fact a talk given about his teenage years which took place in the mid-1800s and is based on facts gleaned from the diary.  It is apparent that he had plenty of hobbies and was part of an affluent, but happy family.  However, this was not the life of an ordinary local boy, as he was able to indulge in all sorts of activities, such as fishing, shooting, skating, visiting the theatre, railway trips, holidays and private schooling. Unfortunately, Frank suffered from a curvature of the spine, but it did not prevent him from achieving his ultimate aim of entering the Ministry.

What the article does not reveal is what happened next.  This 'teenager' went on to lead an extraordinary life and to produce a very talented family.  To discover more, I suggest you seek out the diary or look him up online.