Bishop of Bedford
|Bishop of Bedford|
|First Bishop:||John Hodgkins|
The Bishop of Bedford is an episcopal title used by a Church of England suffragan bishop who, under the direction of the Diocesan Bishop of St Albans, oversees 150 parishes in Luton and Bedfordshire.
The title, which takes its name after the town of Bedford, was created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534. The first three suffragan bishops were appointed for the Diocese of London, but through reorganisation within the Church of England in 1914, Bedford came under the Diocese of St Albans.
The current bishop is the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, formerly Archdeacon of Leicester, who was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams at St Paul's Cathedral on 17 May 2012.
List of the Bishops of Bedford
|Bishops of Bedford|
|1537||1560||John Hodgkins||Deprived by Queen Mary I; died in office.|
|1879||1888||Walsham How||Translated to Wakefield.|
|1888||1898||Robert Billing||Died in office.|
|1935||1939||Lumsden Barkway||Translated to St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane.|
|1939||1942||Alymer Skelton||Previously Archdeacon of St Albans; translated to Lincoln.|
|1948||1953||Thomas Wood||Previously Archdeacon of St Albans.|
|1953||1957||Campbell MacInnes||Translated to Jerusalem.|
|1957||1962||Basil Guy||Translated to Gloucester.|
|1963||1968||John Trillo||Translated to Hertford then Chelmsford.|
|1968||1976||John Hare||Previously Archdeacon of Bedford; died in office.|
|1977||1981||Alec Graham||Translated to Newcastle; living.|
|1981||1993||David Farmbrough||Previously Archdeacon of St Albans.|
|2003||2012||Richard Inwood||Previously Archdeacon of Halifax.|
|2012||present||Richard Atkinson ||Previously Archdeacon of Leicester.|
- The Rt Revd Richard Inwood's biography on St Albans Diocese's website
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- Number 10 – Suffragan See of Bedford
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S. et al., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 287. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
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