Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

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The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is the diocesan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in the Province of York.[1][2]

The diocese covers 847 square miles (2,190 km2) including the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small area of South Yorkshire. The see is in the town of Southwell where the seat is located at the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as Southwell Minster), which was elevated to cathedral status in 1884.

The diocese was created in 1884 under Queen Victoria. Until 2005 it was known simply by the name "Southwell"; Nottingham was added to the title in that year. The see is vacant, but on 10 February 2015 it was announced that Paul Williams, currently Area Bishop of Kensington in the Diocese of London, had been nominated for election to the See, to be installed in the summer of 2015;[3] the most recent bishop was Paul Butler, the 11th Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, who signs + Paul Southwell. Bishop Paul was installed at Southwell Minster on 27 February 2010[4] and translated to Durham on the confirmation of his election to that See on 20 January 2014.[5] The acting diocesan bishop is Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood.[6] On 10 February 2015, it was announced that Paul Williams, area Bishop of Kensington, will be translated to Southwell & Nottingham.[7]

There are 314 church buildings in the Diocese.

The bishop is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of Sherwood, the current incumbent being Tony Porter.

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Southwell
From Until Incumbent Notes
1884 1904 George Ridding Formerly Headmaster of Winchester College
1904 1925 Edwyn Hoskyns
(after 1923: Sir Edwyn Hoskyns Bt)
Born 22 May 1851 in Aston Tirrold, Berkshire. Died 1925
1926 1928 Bernard Heywood Appointed Bishop of Hull 1931; later Bishop of Ely
1928 1941 Henry Mosley Formerly Bishop of Stepney
1941 1964 Russell Barry DSO DD Born 1890. Died 1976.
1964 1970 Gordon Savage MA Formerly Bishop of Buckingham
1970 1985 Denis Wakeling Born 12 December 1918. Died 10 October 2004.
1985 1988 Michael Whinney Formerly Bishop of Aston
1988 1999 Patrick Burnet Harris Formerly Bishop of Northern Argentina and Secretary of the Partnership for World Mission.
1999 2005 George Cassidy Enthroned 11 September 1999. Episcopal title changed to Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in 2005.
Bishops of Southwell and Nottingham
From Until Incumbent Notes
2005 2009 George Cassidy
2010 20 January 2014[5] Paul Butler [8][9] Formerly Bishop of Southampton; translated to Durham on 20 January 2014.[5]
20 January 2014 9 April 2014 Tony Porter, Acting Bishop (Bishop suffragan of Sherwood)[10] Resigned commission due to ill health; remains as suffragan.[6]
9 April 2014 8 April 2015 Richard Inwood, Acting Bishop (honorary assistant bishop) Retired Bishop suffragan of Bedford.[6]
9 April 2015 present Tony Porter, Acting Bishop (Bishop suffragan of Sherwood) Following the expiration of Inwood's commission.[6]
TBA (2015) bishop-designate Paul Williams Currently area Bishop of Kensington.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. (Official website). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  3. ^ Announced on 10 February 2015
  4. ^ Diocese of Southwell Press Release — Drummers and dancers to welcome new Bishop
  5. ^ a b c Archbishop of York – Bishop of Durham Election Confirmed (Accessed 20 January 2014)
  6. ^ a b c d Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – Bishop Richard Inwood takes temporary charge (Accessed 10 April 2014)
  7. ^ Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – New Bishop announced for Southwell & Nottingham
  8. ^ The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. (Official website). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  9. ^ Bishop of Willesden announces Bishop Paul's new post on Twitter -
  10. ^ Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – Bishops (Archived, 2 January 2014) (Accessed 10 April 2014)
  11. ^ "Historical successions: Southwell". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 

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