Bishop of Sherborne
The Bishop of Sherborne is an episcopal title which takes its name after the market town of Sherborne in Dorset, England. The title was first used by the Anglo-Saxons between the 8th and 11th centuries. It is now used by the Church of England for a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury.
Diocesan Bishops of Sherborne
The Anglo-Saxon Diocese of Sherborne was established by Saint Aldhelm in about 705 and comprised the counties of Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall. The diocese lost territory on the creation of the bishopric of Cornwall in the early 800s, and lost further territory on the creation of the bishoprics of Wells and Crediton by Plegmund, Archbishop of Canterbury in 909.
In 1058, the bishoprics of Sherborne and Ramsbury became to be held together under Bishop Herman. Nine years after the Norman conquest, the Council of London enacted in 1075 that episcopal sees should be removed to cities or larger towns. Accordingly, Sherborne and Ramsbury were formally united into one diocese, and its see was removed to Old Sarum, because it was both a centre of communications and a city with a royal castle. The see remained at Old Sarum until it was removed to New Sarum (Salisbury) in 1220.
|List of Diocesan Bishops of Sherborne|
|c. 705||709||Saint Aldhelm||Also Abbot of Malmesbury.|
|709||? 737||Forthhere||Also recorded as Fordhere. Possibly resigned the see in 737.|
|736||766 x 774||Herewald|
|766 x 774||789 x 794||Æthelmod|
|793||796 x 801||Denefrith|
|793 x 801||816 x 825||Wigberht||Also recorded as Wigheorht.|
|816 x 825||867||Eahlstan||Also recorded as Alfstan.|
|867 or 868||871||Saint Heahmund||Also recorded as Saint Hamund.|
|871 x 877||879 x 889||Æthelheah|
|879 x 889||890 x 900||Wulfsige I|
|890 x 900||909||Asser||Also recorded as John Asser or Asserius Menevensis.|
|c. 909||c. 909||Æthelweard|
|c. 909||918, or 909 x 925||Wærstan|
|918, or 909 x 925||918, or 909 x 925||Æthelbald|
|918, or 909 x 925||932 x 934||Sigehelm|
|932 x 934||939 x 943||Alfred|
|939 x 943||958 x 964||Wulfsige II|
|958 x 964||978||Ælfwold I|
|978 or 979||991 x 993||Æthelsige I|
|? 993||1002||Wulfsige III||Died in office on 8 January 1002.|
|1002||1011 or 1012||Æthelric|
|1011 or 1012||c. 1014||Æthelsige II|
|1014 x 1017||1014 x 1017||Brithwine I|
|1017||1023||Ælfmaer||Abbot of St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury. Died in office, possibly on 5 April 1023.|
|1023||1045||Brihtwine II||Died in office, possibly on 2 June 1045.|
|1045||1058||Saint Ælfwold II||Venerated as a saint with his Feast day on 25 March.|
|1058||1075||Herman||Also Bishop of Ramsbury. Became the first Bishop of Salisbury when the sees of Sherborne and Ramsbury were transferred to Salisbury (Old Sarum) in 1075.|
Suffragan Bishops of Sherborne
In 1925, the title Bishop of Sherborne was revived by the Church of England as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury. From 1981 to 2009, the bishop suffragan of Sherborne was responsible as area bishop for those parishes in Dorset and Devon belonging to the diocese. Since 2009, the suffragan Bishop of Sherborne, along with the suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury, assists the diocesan Bishop of Salisbury in overseeing the whole of the diocese.
The current Bishop of Sherborne is the Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings, PhD, MA(Oxon), DipTh, who was consecrated in a special service at Westminster Abbey on 24 June 2009 by the Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.
|List of Suffragan Bishops of Sherborne|
|1928||1936||Gerald Allen||Translated to Dorchester.|
|1947||1960||Maurice Key||Translated to Truro.|
|1976||2001||John Kirkham||First area bishop from 1981; also Bishop to the Forces (1992–2001).|
|2001||2009||Tim Thornton||Translated to Truro.|
|2009||present||Graham Kings||Last area bishop until 2009.|
- "Historical successions: Salisbury (including precussor offices)". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S. et al., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 222. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- "Bishops". Diocese of Salisbury. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- Salisbury Diocesan Synod minutes – 99th session, 7 November 2009 p. 3 (Accessed 23 April 2014)
- "Biography of the Bishop of Sherborne". Diocese of Salisbury. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Consecration of The Bishop of Sherborne". Westminster Abbey. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
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