Educated at Uppingham School and Hertford College, Oxford after wartime service with the Royal Artillery he was ordained in 1948. After a curacy at St Michael and All Angels, Aberystwyth he served as a missionary in East Africa rising to the rank of diocesan Bishop in Tanzania. After serving as Assistant Bishop and as incumbent of Llantwit Major he was appointed to succeed Eryl Thomas as Bishop of Llandaff in 1975 and enthroned in the following year.
- Church web site
- Sinclair, J. B; Fenn, R. W. D (1992). Just the right man: a biography of the Rt Revd John Richard Worthington Poole-Hughes, 1916-1988. Kington, Herefordshire: Cadoc Books. ISBN 978-0-9516865-1-5.
- “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- The Times, Wednesday, 10 December 1975; pg. 18; Issue 59574; col E Church news New Bishop of Llandaff
|Anglican Communion titles|
| Bishop of South-West Tanganyika
Joseph Willard Mlele
|Church in Wales titles|
| Bishop of Llandaff