Bishop of Taunton

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The Bishop of Taunton is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The title was first created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 and takes its name after Taunton, the county town of Somerset.

The current bishop is the Right Revd Peter Maurice. He was vicar of All Saints' Tooting for seven years before his appointment as an archdeacon. He is a graduate of St Chad's Durham and studied for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was ordained deacon in 1972 and priest in 1976. He had a wide-ranging parish ministry in the Diocese of Southwark and was at one time Rural Dean of Bermondsey and also the local ministry adviser.[2]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Taunton
From Until Incumbent Notes
1538 1559 William Finch
1559 1911 in abeyance
1911 1931 Charles de Salis
1931 1945 George Hollis
1945 1955 Harry Thomas
1955 1961 Mark Hodson Translated to Hereford
1962 1977 Francis West
1977 1985 Peter Nott Translated to Norwich
1986 1992 Nigel McCulloch Translated to Wakefield
1992 1997 Richard Lewis Translated to St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
1997 1998 William Stewart Died in office
1998 2006 Andrew Radford Died in office
2006 present Peter Maurice
Source(s): [1]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ The Good News:New Bishop of Taunton appointed. Retrieved on 12 June 2008.

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