Bishop of Leicester
|Bishop of Leicester|
|First incumbent||Cuthwine (historic)
Cyril Bardsley (modern)
The first bishops of Leicester were originally prelates who administered an Anglo-Saxon diocese between the 7th and 9th centuries. The bishopric fell victim to the invasion by the Danes and the episcopal see was transferred to Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
After a thousand years the episcopal title was resurrected as a suffragan see within the diocese of Peterborough. The suffragan Bishop of Leicester assisted the diocesan Bishop of Peterborough in overseeing the diocese.
Through reorganisation within the Church of England, the Diocese of Leicester was refounded in 1927, and St Martin's Church became Leicester Cathedral. The present bishop's residence is Bishop's Lodge, Springfield Road, Leicester.
Anglo-Saxon Bishops of Leicester
|Anglo-Saxon Bishops of Leicester|
|692||705||Wilfrid||Translated from York; later transferred to Hexham|
|709||c.716/727||Headda||also Bishop of Lichfield|
|c.716/727||737||Aldwine||also Bishop of Lichfield|
|c.814/816||839 or 840||Hræthhun|
|839 or 840||c.840/844||Ealdred|
|In the late 9th century, the episcopal see of Leicester was moved to Dorchester.|
Suffragan Bishops of Leicester
|Suffragan Bishops of Leicester|
|1888||1903||Francis Thicknesse||Formerly Archdeacon of Northampton|
|In 1927, the suffragan see of Leicester ended with the creation of the diocesan see.|
Diocesan Bishops of Leicester
|Bishops of Leicester|
|1927||1940||Cyril Bardsley||Translated from Peterborough|
|1940||1953||Guy Smith||Translated from Willesden|
|1979||1991||Richard Rutt||Translated from St Germans. Converted to Roman Catholicism in 1995.|
|1991||1999||Tom Butler||Translated from Willesden; later moved to Southwark|
|1999||present||Tim Stevens||Translated from Dunwich; retiring 11 July 2015|
- "Historical successions: Leicester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Leicester Cathedral: History. Retrieved on 22 November 2008.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 238.
- The Saxon Bishops of Leicester, Lindsey (Syddensis) , and Dorchester. By D. P. Kirby. Retrieved on 22 November 2008.
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- "Historical successions: Lincoln (including precussor offices)". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
- Diocese of Leicester – Bishop Tim announces retirement (Accessed 18 November 2014)
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 252.