Francis Lees Underhill by unknown photographer, ca. 1930s.
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Francis Underhill


Francis Underhill, DD (1878–1943) – TSE’s spiritual counsellor – priest and author; Warden of Liddon House and priest in charge of Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London, 1925–32; later Dean of Rochester, 1932–7. Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1937–43. Works include The Catholic Faith in Practice (1918); Prayer in Modern Life (1928). George Every told Barry Spurr: ‘Eliot preferred to have, as confessor, a priest distinct from his vicar at St Stephen’s’ (Spurr, Ch. 30: ‘Religion’, in T. S. Eliot in Context, ed. Jason Harding (2011), 310).