He was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. He served as Vicar of Christchurch, Hampstead; dean of Gloucester; and bishop of Exeter (1885-1900). He was also a poet and hymnographer. He edited three hymnals, and wrote at least 30 hymns of his own. See for example 'Peace, Perfect Peace' (1875); 'O God The Rock of Ages' (1860); 'O Brothers Lift Your Voices' (1848). In 1867 AMW read Bickersteth's Today, Yesterday and Forever (1866).
Elsie Houghton, Christian Hymn Writers, Bridgend: Evangelical Press of Wales, 1982, pp. 256-261.