Denis Wakeling

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John Denis Wakeling was an Anglican bishop in the Church of England.

He was born in Leicester on 12 December 1918. He was educated at St Michael’s Limpsfield, a Church Missionary Society school in Surrey. He studied classics at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

He prepared for the ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and was ordained in 1948. He was chaplain at Clare College, Cambridge, then vicar of Emmanuel, Plymouth from 1952 to 1959 and of Barking, Essex from 1959 to 1965 when he was appointed the Archdeacon of West Ham.

His appointment as the Bishop of Southwell in Nottinghamshire followed in 1970. He was chairman of the Archbishops’ Council on Evangelism from 1976 to 1979.

He retired to Salisbury in 1984 and died on 10 October 2004.

He married Josephine Broomhall in 1941. They had two sons.


  • The Times, 19 October 2004.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Gordon David Savage
as Bishop of Southwell
Bishop of Southwell
Succeeded by
Michael Whinney