Bishop of Bedford

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Bishop of Bedford
Bishopric
Anglican
Incumbent:
Richard Atkinson

Province: Canterbury
Diocese: St Albans
First Bishop: John Hodgkins
Formation: 1537

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.[1][2]

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.[2]

The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, formerly Archdeacon of Leicester, was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury (at that time The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams) in St Paul's Cathedral on 17 May 2012.

List of the Bishops of Bedford[edit]

Bishops of Bedford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1537 1560 John Hodgkins Deprived by Queen Mary I; died in office.
1560 1879 in abeyance
1879 1888 Walsham How Translated to Wakefield.
1888 1898 Robert Billing Died in office.
1898 1935 in abeyance
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.
1994 2002 John Richardson Translated to honorary assistant bishop. Living
2003 2012 Richard Inwood Previously Archdeacon of Halifax. Translated to Southwell and Nottingham
2012 present Richard Atkinson [3] Previously Archdeacon of Leicester.
Source(s): [2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Rt Revd Richard Inwood's biography on St Albans Diocese's website
  2. ^ a b c Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  3. ^ Number 10 – Suffragan See of Bedford
  4. ^ Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1986. p. 287. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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