Suffragan Bishops Act 1534

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The Suffragan Bishops Act 1534[1]
Long title An Acte for nominacion and consecracyon of Suffragans wythin this Realme.[2]
Chapter 26 Hen 8 c 14
Status: Amended
Revised text of statute as amended

The Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 (26 Hen 8 c 14) is an Act of the Parliament of England that authorised the appointment of suffragan (i.e. assistant) bishops in England and Wales. The tradition of appointing suffragans named after a town in the diocese other than the town the diocesan bishop is named after can be dated from this Act.

The Act named Thetford, Ipswich, Colchester, Dover, Guildford, Southampton, Taunton, Shaftesbury, Molton, Marlborough, Bedford, Leicester, Gloucester, Shrewsbury, Bristol, Penrydd,[3] Bridgwater, Nottingham, Grantham, Hull, Huntingdon, Cambridge, Penrith, Berwick-upon-Tweed, St Germans and the Isle of Wight[4][5] as specific suitable suffragan sees.

This Act was partly in force in Great Britain at the end of 2010.[6]

The repeal by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1969 of section 2 of the Act of Supremacy (1 Eliz 1 c 1) (1558) does not affect the continued operation, so far as unrepealed, of the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534.[7]

Notwithstanding anything contained in the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 it is lawful to nominate, present, and appoint as suffragan bishop a person already consecrated as a bishop, and in that case the letters patent presenting him do not require his consecration.[8]

As to petitions to make appointments under this Act, see section 18(1) of the Dioceses Measure 1978.

Provisions[edit]

Section 2[edit]

In this section, the words from "and have such capacitie" to the end were repealed by section 15(2)(a) of the Dioceses Measure 1978. This repeal does not invalidate any commission given to a suffragan bishop which was in force immediately before the commencement of that Measure (s. 15(3)). Section 15(4) provides for such commissions to continue in force until the date on which the suffragan bishop to whom the commission was given ceases to hold that office, or the date on which the commission is revoked by the bishop of the diocese, whichever first occurs. So long as any such commission remains in force so much of section 2 of the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 as is repealed by 15(2)(a) of that Measure continues, notwithstanding the repeal, to apply to the suffragan bishop to whom the commission was given (s. 15(5)).

Section 4[edit]

In this section, the words from "nor use" to the end were repealed by section 15(2)(b) of the Dioceses Measure 1978. This repeal does not invalidate any commission given to a suffragan bishop which was in force immediately before the commencement of that Measure (s. 15(3)). Section 15(4) provides for such commissions to continue in force until the date on which the suffragan bishop to whom the commission was given ceases to hold that office, or the date on which the commission is revoked by the bishop of the diocese, whichever first occurs. So long as any such commission remains in force so much of section 2 of the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 as is repealed by 15(2)(b) of that Measure continues, notwithstanding the repeal, to apply to the suffragan bishop to whom the commission was given (s. 15(5)).

Section 6[edit]

In this section, the words "of the bishop to whom he shall be suffragan" were substituted for the words "where he shall have comyssyon" by section 15(6) of the Dioceses Measure 1978.

Section 7[edit]

This section was repealed by Part V of Schedule 1 to the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1977.

1534 titles[edit]

Those titles mandated by the 1534 Act currently in use as suffragan sees today are indicated in bold type:

See Diocese Years See Diocese Years
Bishop of Bedford Diocese of London 1537–1560, 1879–1898 Bishop of the Isle of Wight No evidence of use (now in Portsmouth)
Diocese of St Albans 1935–present Bishop of Leicester Diocese of Peterborough 1888–1927
Bishop of Berwick Diocese of Durham 1537–1571 Diocesan title 1927–present
Bishop of Bridgwater No evidence of use (now in Bath & Wells) Bishop of Marlborough Diocese of Salisbury 1537–1568
Bishop of Bristol Diocese of Worcester 1538–1542 Diocese of London 1888–1918
Diocesan title 1542–present Bishop of Molton No evidence of use (now in Exeter)
Bishop of Cambridge No evidence of use (now in Ely) Bishop of Nottingham Diocese of York 1567–1570
Bishop of Colchester Diocese of Ely 1536–1541, 1592–1608 Diocese of Lincoln 1870–1884
Diocese of St Albans 1882–1914 Diocese of Southwell 1884–1893
Diocese of Chelmsford 1914–present Diocesan title 2005–present
Bishop of Dover Diocese of Canterbury 1536–1597, 1870–present Bishop of Penrydd Diocese of Llandaff 1537–1539
also "Bishop in Canterbury" since c. 1999 Bishop of Penrith Diocese of Ripon 1888–1889
Bishop of Gloucester No evidence of use as suffragan see Diocese of Carlisle 1939–present
Diocesan title 1541–present Bishop of St Germans Diocese of Truro 1905–1918, 1974–present
Bishop of Grantham Diocese of Lincoln 1905–present Bishop of Shaftesbury Diocese of Salisbury 1539
Bishop of Guildford Diocese of Winchester 1874–1927 Bishop of Shrewsbury Diocese of Llandaff (probably) 1537–1561
Diocesan title 1927–present Diocese of Lichfield 1888–1905, 1940–present
Bishop of Hull Diocese of York 1538–1579, 1891–present Bishop of Southampton Diocese of Winchester 1895–present
Bishop of Huntingdon Diocese of Ely 1966–present Bishop of Taunton Diocese of Bath and Wells 1538–1559, 1911–present
Bishop of Ipswich Diocese unclear 1536–1538 Bishop of Thetford Diocese of Norwich 1536–1570, 1894–1926, 1945–present
Diocese of Norwich 1899–1909
Diocesan title 1914–present

Other suffragan titles[edit]

Since the passage of the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888, it has been lawful to create suffragan sees named for other towns. These have so far included (those titles currently in use as suffragan sees today are indicated in bold type):

References[edit]

  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by section 5 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1948. Due to the repeal of those provisions, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ These words are printed against this Act in the second column of Schedule 2 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948, which is headed "Title".
  3. ^ Parish of Penrhudd in Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Wales and Monmouthshire: VII – County of Pembroke (Google Books)
  4. ^ Bray, Gerald, 2004. Documents of the English Reformation. ISBN 0-227-17239-6. p.115.
  5. ^ The Suffragan Bishops Act 1534, as amended, from Legislation.gov.uk.
  6. ^ The Chronological Table of the Statutes, 1235 - 2010. The Stationery Office. 2011. ISBN 978-0-11-840509-6. Part I. Page 44, read with pages viii and x.
  7. ^ The Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1969, section 4(2)
  8. ^ The Suffragan Bishops Act 1898, section 1

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