Bishop of Winchester
|Bishop of Winchester|
The Bishop of Winchester is one of five Church of England bishops who are among the Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords regardless of their length of service. The Lords Spiritual are the 26 bishops in parliament house. The other members are called the Lords Temporal.
The bishop's diocese is one of the oldest and most important in England. Originally it was the see of the kingdom of Wessex, with the cathedra at Dorchester Cathedral under Saints Birinus and Agilbert. It was transferred to Winchester in AD 660. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the wealthiest English sees and its bishops have included a number of politically prominent Englishmen, notably the 9th century Saint Swithun. Winchester was divided in AD 909, with Wilthsire and Berkshire transferring to the new See of Ramsbury. During the 19th century, the bishop[who?] licensed[clarification needed] many prostitutes who were known as the "Winchester Geese" and maintained a cemetery for them.
The official residence of the Bishop of Winchester is Wolvesey Palace in Winchester. Other traditional homes included Farnham Castle and a residence at Winchester Palace in Southwark, Surrey (now London). The bishop is the visitor to five Oxford colleges including New College, Oxford and St John's College, Oxford.
The 97th Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin, was enthroned on 21 April 2012, having been elected on 14 October 2011. He was consecrated as a bishop in St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 25 January 2012.
List of bishops 
Saxon to Norman 
|betw. 759–778||betw. 759–778||Æthelheard|
|betw. 759–778||betw. 781–785||Ecgbald|
|betw. 781–785||betw. 781–785||Dudd|
|betw. 781–785||betw. 801–803||Cyneberht|
|betw. 801–803||betw. 805–814||Ealhmund|
|before 825||836||Herefrith||Never attests without Wigthegn.|
|betw. 833–838||838||Eadmund||Listed by Crockford's Clerical Directory, but not in the current edition of the Handbook of British Chronology.|
|838 or 839||betw. 844–853||Helmstan|
|852 or 853||betw. 862–865||Swithun||Canonized. Patron saint of Winchester.|
|betw. 862–867||betw. 871–877||Ealhferth|
|betw. 871–877||878 or 879||Tunbeorht|
|878 or 879||908||Denewulf|
|909||932 or 933||Frithestan||Also recorded as Frithustan. Canonized|
|931||934||Byrnstan||Also recorded as Beornstan. Canonized|
|934 or 935||951||Ælfheah (I)|
|951||959||Ælfsige (I)||Translated to Canterbury|
|960||963||Beorhthelm||Possibly translated from Selsey|
|984||1006||Ælfheah (II)||Translated to Canterbury. Canonized.|
|1047||1070||Stigand||Translated from Elmham. Held Winchester with Canterbury 1052–1070.|
Norman to Reformation 
|1129||1171||Henry of Blois|
|1173||1188||Richard of Ilchester|
|1189||1204||Godfrey de Luci|
|1205||(Richard Poore)||Election quashed|
|1205||1238||Peter des Roches|
|1238||1239||(Ralph Neville)||Election quashed|
|1240||1250||William de Raley||Translated from Norwich|
|1250||1260||Aymer de Valence|
|1261||1262||(Andrew of London)||Election quashed|
|1261||1262||(William de Taunton)||Election quashed|
|1268||1280||Nicholas of Ely|
|1280||(Robert Burnell)||Election quashed June 1280.|
|1280||1282||(Richard de la More)||Never consecrated, resigned June 1282.|
|1282||1304||John of Pontoise|
|1319||1323||Rigaud of Assier|
|1323||1333||John de Stratford||Translated to Canterbury|
|1333||1345||Adam Orleton||Translated from Worcester|
|1366||1404||William of Wykeham|
|1404||1447||Henry Beaufort||Translated from Lincoln|
|1487||1492||Peter Courtenay||Translated from Exeter|
|1493||1501||Thomas Langton||Translated from Salisbury|
|1501||1528||Richard Foxe||Translated from Durham|
|1529||1530||Thomas Wolsey||Archbishop of York. Held in commendam the see of Winchester.|
During the Reformation 
|1531||1551||Stephen Gardiner (1st tenure)|
|1551||1553||John Ponet||Translated from Rochester|
|1553||1555||Stephen Gardiner (2nd tenure)|
|1556||1559||John White||Translated from Lincoln|
|1584||1594||Thomas Cooper||Translated from Lincoln|
|1594||1595||William Wickham||Translated from Lincoln|
|1597||1616||Thomas Bilson||Translated from Worcester|
|1616||1618||James Montague||Translated from Bath and Wells|
|1618||1626||Lancelot Andrewes||Translated from Ely|
|1627||1632||Richard Neile||Translated from Durham, later translated to York|
|1632||1646||Walter Curle||Translated from Bath and Wells. Deprived 1646, and died 1647.|
|1646||1660||The see was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.|
|1660||1662||Brian Duppa||Translated from Salisbury|
|1662||1684||George Morley||Translated from Worcester|
|1684||1706||Peter Mews||Translated from Bath and Wells|
|1707||1721||Jonathan Trelawny||Translated from Exeter|
|1721||1723||Charles Trimnell||Translated from Norwich|
|1723||1734||Richard Willis||Translated from Salisbury|
|1734||1761||Benjamin Hoadly||Translated from Salisbury|
|1761||1781||John Thomas||Translated from Salisbury|
|1781||1820||Brownlow North||Translated from Worcester|
|1820||1827||George Pretyman Tomline||Translated from Lincoln|
|1827||1869||Charles Sumner||Translated from Llandaff|
|1869||1873||Samuel Wilberforce||Translated from Oxford|
|1873||1891||Harold Browne||Translated from Ely|
|1891||1895||Anthony Thorold||Translated from Rochester|
|1895||1903||Randall Davidson||Translated from Rochester, later translated to Canterbury|
|1903||1911||Herbert Ryle||Translated from Exeter|
|1911||1923||Edward Talbot||Translated from Southwark|
|1923||1932||Frank Woods||Translated from Peterborough|
|1932||1942||Cyril Garbett||Translated from Southwark, later translated to York|
|1942||1952||Mervyn Haigh||Translated from Coventry|
|1952||1961||Alwyn Williams||Translated from Durham|
|1961||1975||Falkner Allison||Translated from Chelmsford|
|1985||1995||Colin James||Translated from Wakefield|
|1995||2011||Michael Scott-Joynt||Translated from Stafford|
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- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 223.
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