Bishop of Gloucester
|Bishop of Gloucester|
(acting bishop: Martyn Snow, Bishop suffragan of Tewkesbury)
|First Bishop:||John Wakeman|
The diocese covers the County of Gloucestershire and part of the County of Worcestershire. The see's centre of governance is the City of Gloucester where the bishop's chair (cathedra) is located in the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity.
The bishop's residence is Bishopscourt, Gloucester.
The office has been in existence since the foundation of the see in 1541 under King Henry VIII from part of the Diocese of Worcester. The current bishop is Michael Perham, who is due to retire in November 2014. He announced on 2 August that he would be stepping back from public ministry for "personal reasons". On 5 August 2014 it was reported that he had been questioned by police in connection with two allegations of indecent assault, one involving a minor. It was further announced on 14 October 2014 that the Metropolitan Police would be taking no further action.
List of bishops
(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)
|Bishops of Gloucester|
|1541||1549||John Wakeman||Previously last Abbot of Tewkesbury.|
|1550||1554||John Hooper||Also Bishop of Worcester (1550–1554); deprived of both sees.|
|1554||1558||James Brooks||Died in office.|
|1562||1579||Richard Cheyney||Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster Abbey. Also held Bristol in commendam (1562–1579); died in office.|
|1581||1598||John Bullingham||Also Bishop of Bristol (1581–1589).|
|1598||1604||Godfrey Goldsborough||Formerly a Prebendary of Worcester.|
|1604||1607||Thomas Ravis||Formerly Dean of Queen's College, Oxford; elected 4 March 1604; translated to London.|
|1607||1610||Henry Parry||Formerly Dean of Chester; translated to Worcester.|
|1610||1612||Giles Thomson||Formerly Dean of Windsor; consecrated 9 June 1611; died in office.|
|1612||1624||Miles Smith||Formerly a Canon-resident of Hereford.|
|1625||1646||Godfrey Goodman||Formerly Dean of Rochester; sequestrated 1640 and formally deprived 1646; converted to Roman Catholicism and died in Rome in 1655.|
|1646||1660||See was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.|
|1660||1672||William Nicholson||Formerly Archdeacon of Brecon.|
|1672||1681||John Pritchett||Formerly Vicar of St Giles, Cripplegate.|
|1681||1690||Robert Frampton||Formerly Dean of Gloucester; deprived in 1690.|
|1691||1714||Edward Fowler||Formerly a Prebendary of Gloucester; died in office.|
|1715||1722||Richard Willis||Formerly Dean of Lincoln; translated to Salisbury.|
|1722||1731||Joseph Wilcocks||Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster; translated to Rochester.|
|1731||1733||Elias Sydall||Translated from St David's.|
|1734||1752||Martin Benson||Formerly a Prebendary of Durham.|
|1752||1759||James Johnson||Formerly a Canon-resident of St Paul's, London.|
|1759||1779||William Warburton||Formerly Dean of Bristol and preacher of Lincoln's Inn.|
|1779||1781||The Hon. James Yorke||Translated from St David's; translated to Ely.|
|1781||1789||Samuel Hallifax||Translated to St Asaph.|
|1789||1802||Richard Beadon||Formerly Archdeacon of London; translated to Bath & Wells.|
|1802||1815||George Huntingford||Formerly Warden of Winchester College.|
|1815||1824||The Hon. Henry Ryder||Translated to Lichfield & Coventry.|
|1824||1830||Christopher Bethell||Translated to Exeter.|
|1830||1836||James Monk||Translated to Gloucester and Bristol.|
|Bishops of Gloucester and Bristol|
|1836||1856||James Monk||Translated from Gloucester; died in office.|
|1856||1861||Charles Baring||Translated to Durham.|
|1861||1863||William Thomson||Previously Dean of Queen's College, Oxford; translated to York.|
|1863||1897||Charles Ellicott, DD||Previously Dean of Exeter; translated to Gloucester.|
|Bishops of Gloucester|
|1897||1905||Charles Ellicott, DD||Hitherto Bishop of Gloucester & Bristol.|
|1905||1923||Edgar Gibson, DD|
|1946||1953||Clifford Woodward||Translated from Bristol.|
|1954||1962||Wilfred Askwith, KCMG, DD||Translated from Blackburn.|
|1962||1975||Basil Guy, MA||Translated from Bedford.|
|1975||1992||John Yates, MA||Translated from Whitby.|
|1992||1993||Peter Ball, MA, CGA||Translated from Lewes.|
|1993||2003||David Bentley, BA||Translated from Lynn.|
|2004||present||Michael Perham, MA||Formerly Dean of Derby. Retirement announced for 21 November 2014; stepped back from public ministry for "personal reasons" on 2 August 2014.|
|5 August 2014||(Acting)||Martyn Snow, Bishop suffragan of Tewkesbury|||
- Gloucester Citizen - Bishop of Gloucester 'steps back' from role (Accessed 2 August 2014)
- "Bishop of Gloucester sex offences inquiry dropped". BBC News. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- Diocese of Gloucester – Letter from the Bishop of Tewkesbury (Accessed 7 August 2014)
- Episcopy. British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638–60. Retrieved on 20 August 2011.
- King, Peter (July 1968). "The Episcopate during the Civil Wars, 1642-1649". The English Historical Review (Oxford University Press) 83 (328): pp. 523–537. doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxiii.cccxxviii.523. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
- Gloucester Diocese – Bishop Michael announces retirement (Accessed 5 February 2014)
- Gloucester Diocese – Bishop Michael's presidential address (Accessed 5 February 2014)
- "Historical successions: Gloucester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S. et al., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 248–249. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- Horn, J. M. (1996). "Bishops of Gloucester". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: Volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough Dioceses. British History Online. pp. 40–44.