John Richardson (bishop of Bedford)

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The Rt Revd
John Richardson
Bishop of Bedford
Diocese Diocese of St Albans
In office 1994–2002
Predecessor David Farmbrough
Successor Richard Inwood
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Carlisle and in Newcastle (2003–present)
Ordination 1963 (deacon); 1964 (priest)
Consecration 1994
Personal details
Born (1937-07-11) 11 July 1937 (age 77)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Revd John (Archdeacon of Derby) & Elizabeth
Spouse Felicity-Anne Lowes (m. 1963)
Children 3 daughters
Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge

John Henry Richardson (1937-date) is a retired Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Bedford,[1] now serving as an honorary assistant bishop in the dioceses of Carlisle and Newcastle.

Early Life[edit]

John Richardson was born 11 July 1937, the son of the Venerable John Richardson, sometime Archdeacon of Derby. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[2]


He became a deacon in 1963 and was ordained priest in 1964. The Reverend Richardson began his ministry with curacies in Stevenage and Eastbourne. He became Vicar of Chipperfield, then Rural Dean of Rickmansworth[3] and finally, before his elevation to the episcopate, Vicar of St Michael’s, Bishops Stortford.[4]


He was consecrated Bishop in 1994. The Right Reverend Richardson served as the Suffragan Bishop of Bedford in the diocese of St. Albans. He retired in 2002, but was translated to honorary assistant bishop.


In 1963, John Richardson married Felicity-Anne. They have three daughters and are now grandparents.

Later Life[edit]

In retirement, Bishop Richardson continues to serve the Church, as an honorary assistant bishop in the dioceses of Carlisle and Newcastle.


  1. ^ History of post
  2. ^ ‘RICHARDSON, Rt Rev. John Henry’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 10 July 2012
  3. ^ Crockfords On line- accessed Sunday 21 December 2008, 11:01
  4. ^ Parish details
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Farmbrough
Bishop of Bedford
Succeeded by
Richard Inwood