Graeme Knowles

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The Rt Revd
Graeme Knowles
Dean of St Paul's
Diocese Diocese of London
In office 2007–2011
Predecessor John Moses
Successor David Ison
Other posts Bishop of Sodor and Man
2003–2007
Dean of Carlisle
1999–2003
Archdeacon of Portsmouth
1993–1999
Orders
Ordination 1974 (deacon); 1975 (priest)[1]
Consecration 4 December 2003[2]
Personal details
Born (1951-09-25) 25 September 1951 (age 63)
Woburn, Bedfordshire[1]
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Stan & Grace[1]
Spouse Susan[1]
Alma mater King's College London

Graeme Paul Knowles CVO[3] (born 25 September 1951) is an Anglican bishop. He was installed as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, London on 1 October 2007 after Letters Patent were issued on 20 September 2007.[4] He was previously Bishop of Sodor and Man from 2003 to 2007. He resigned on 1 November 2011 during the Occupy London protests.

Biography[edit]

Knowles was educated at Dunstable Grammar School and King's College London, spending his final year of theological studies at St Augustine's College, Canterbury.

Knowles served a curacy at St Peter-in-Thanet in Broadstairs, Kent from 1974 to 1979. From 1979 he was precentor and senior curate of Leeds Parish Church before moving to become precentor and a canon residentiary at Portsmouth Cathedral in 1981. He was also chaplain during his time at the cathedral and held the post of chapter clerk from 1985 to 1987. He became the vicar of Leigh Park in 1987, additionally taking on the role of Rural Dean of Havant from 1990. He was appointed Archdeacon of Portsmouth in 1993 and held the post until 1999.

Knowles was Dean of Carlisle from 1999[5] until he moved to the Isle of Man as Bishop of Sodor and Man in 2003, replacing Noel Jones.[6] He was consecrated a bishop by David Hope, Archbishop of York at York Minster on 4 December 2003 and installed at Peel Cathedral on 17 January 2004.[2] He became Dean of St Paul's in 2007 in succession to John Moses who retired in 2006.[7]

Knowles resigned from St Paul's on 1 November 2011 following backlash against the Chapter's resolution to forcibly evict the Occupy London protesters from outside the cathedral.[8]

Knowles is also an honorary chaplain in the Royal Naval Reserve[9] and a patron of the Burgon Society.[10]

Since leaving St Paul's, Knowles has retired to Bury St Edmunds, where he has been licensed as an honorary assistant bishop[11] and been appointed as registrar of a charity supporting the families of Anglican clergy. [12]

Styles[edit]

  • Mr Graeme Knowles (1951–1974)
  • The Revd Graeme Knowles (1974–1981)
  • The Venerable Graeme Knowles(1993–1999)
  • The Very Revd Graeme Knowles (1999–2003)
  • The Rt Revd Graeme Knowles (2003–present)

References[edit]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Norman Crowder
Archdeacon of Portsmouth
1993–1999
Succeeded by
Christopher Lowson
Preceded by
Henry Stapleton
Dean of Carlisle
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Mark Boyling
Preceded by
Noel Jones
Bishop of Sodor and Man
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Robert Paterson
Preceded by
John Moses
Dean of St Paul's
2007–2011
Succeeded by
David Ison