Bishop of Ramsbury
The Bishop of Ramsbury is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Salisbury, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title takes its name after the town of Ramsbury in Wiltshire, and was first used between the 10th and 11th centuries by the Anglo-Saxon Bishops of Ramsbury. From the establishment of the Salisbury area scheme in 1981 until its abolition in 2009, the bishop suffragan of Ramsbury were area bishops.
The diocese announced in August 2011 that the Bishop of Salisbury had commissioned (under new national guidelines) a consultation as to whether a new Bishop of Ramsbury should be appointed. The appointment of Ed Condry was announced on 19 June 2012.
There was previously a Saxon diocese of Ramsbury, led by medieval Catholic bishops of Ramsbury. In Saxon times, the village of Ramsbury in Wiltshire was an extremely important location for the Church, and several of the early bishops went on to become Archbishops of Canterbury.
The ancient bishopric of Ramsbury was created in AD 909 as part of a division of the two West Saxon bishoprics into five smaller ones. Wiltshire and Berkshire were taken from the bishopric of Winchester to form the new diocese of Ramsbury. It was occasionally referred to as the bishopric of Ramsbury and Sonning. In 1058 it was joined with the bishopric of Sherborne to form the diocese of Sarum (Salisbury) and the see was translated to Old Sarum in 1075.
Medieval bishops diocesan
|Bishops diocesan of Ramsbury|
|927||942||Oda of Canterbury||Translated to Canterbury in 942.|
|985||990||Sigeric the Serious||Translated to Canterbury in 990.|
|990||995||Ælfric of Abingdon||Translated to Canterbury in 995.|
|1045||1075||Herman||In exile from 1055–1058 (when the see was administered by Ealdred, Bishop of Worcester.) Also Bishop of Sherborne from 1058.|
|Herman removed both of his sees to Old Sarum in 1075; for later bishops of that merged diocese, see Bishop of Salisbury.|
Modern bishops suffragan
|Bishops suffragan of Ramsbury|
|1974||1988||John Neale||b. 1926; first area bishop from 1981|
|1989||1998||Peter Vaughan||b. 1930|
|1999||2005||Peter Hullah||b. 1949|
|2006||2011||Stephen Conway||b. 1957; last area bishop until 2009; translated to Ely.|
|2012||present||Ed Condry||b. 1953; nominated on 19 June 2012; consecrated 23 September 2012.|
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- Salisbury Diocesan Synod minutes – 99th session, 7 November 2009 p. 3 (Accessed 23 April 2014)
- Diocese of Salisbury – Have your say over Ramsbury
- "Bishop Holtham reviews suffragan see". Church Times. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- Diocese of Canterbury – Canon Ed Condry announced as the new Bishop of Ramsbury
- Barbara Yorke, Frithestan, Oxford Online Dictionary of National Biography, 2004
- Diocese of Salisbury – Bishop of Ramsbury. Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Number 10 – Suffragan See of Ramsbury. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- Powicke, F. Maurice and E. B. Fryde Handbook of British Chronology 2nd. ed. London:Royal Historical Society 1961
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