He trained for the priesthood at King's College, London (spending time at Bishop's College, Cheshunt); and ordained Deacon in 1913 and Priest in 1914. After curacies in Hornsey and Stroud Green he was Vicar of Ardeley from 1922 to 1926. He was at St Paul, Colombo from 1926 to 1927 then Warden of the Sisters of Charity, Knowle, Bristol. He was then Vicar of Baulking from 1936 to 1951.
Later he served as Dean of Wells (1951–1958). He is known essentially for a frequently republished guide to the spiritual life addressed to an Anglican readership but drawing significantly on seventeenth and eighteenth century French and Italian Catholic works of spiritual direction.
- F. P. Harton. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, 4 Nov 1958; pg. 15; Issue 54299
- House of Names
- Amongst others he wrote The Elements of the Spiritual Life, 1932; Life in Christ, 1937; The Faith That Abides, 1939; The Mystery of the Cross, and The pictorial history of Wells Cathedral 1960 > British Library web site accessed 08:18 GMT Monday 6 April 2015
- ‘HARTON, Frederic Percy’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 Accessed 6 April 2015
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1929/30 p571: London, OUP, 1929
- Gordon Mursell: English Spirituality: from 1700 to the Present Day, Westminster: John Knox Press (2001) ISBN 0-664-22505-5
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