Peter Hancock

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Peter Hancock
Bishop of Bath and Wells
The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, on Cathedral Green, Wells, shortly after his Installation at Wells Cathedral on 7 June 2014. He is wearing the Coronation Cope, which has been worn by Bishops of Bath and Wells at every coronation since Edward VII.[2]
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
Elected 4 March 2014 (confirmed)[3]
Installed 7 June 2014[4]
Predecessor Peter Price
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke (2010[5]–2014)
Ordination 1980
Consecration 21 September 2010[6]
Personal details
Born (1955-07-26) 26 July 1955 (age 59)
Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset
Spouse Jane[1]
Children Two adult daughters, two adult sons; Claire, Richard, Charlotte, William[1]
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge

Peter Hancock (born 26 July 1955[7]) is the Bishop of Bath and Wells in the Church of England.

Hancock was consecrated as a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 21 September 2010[6] and welcomed as Bishop of Basingstoke at Winchester Cathedral on 2 October 2010.[5] On 10 December 2013, it was announced that Hancock would become Bishop of Bath and Wells in 2014.[8] Initially it was announced that, unlike his predecessors, he would not live in the Bishop's Palace. However that decision was later reversed.[9] He was installed as Bishop of Bath and Wells at a service in Wells Cathedral on Saturday 7 June 2014.[10]

Life and ministry[edit]

Hancock was born on the Isle of Wight[11] and his family moved to Fareham when he was 11. He undertook an undergraduate degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge before training for ordained ministry at Oak Hill Theological College.[12] He was a curate at Christchurch, Portsdown between 1980 and 1983 and Saint Aldhelm, Radipole until 1987.

From 1987 to 1999 he was Vicar of St Wilfrid's Cowplain[13] before becoming Archdeacon of the Meon — a post he held until his ordination to the episcopate.[14]

In an article in the Bath Chronicle, he said "We will therefore need to think, pray and consider very deeply what it might mean to share the gospel across the diocese, what it might mean to foster spiritual and numerical growth in Church and community, and how we can so order our life as a diocese to enable the Church to grow and flourish in new ways."[15]

In his first interview after being installed as bishop, he spoke against same-sex marriage.[16]


  • Peter Hancock Esq (1955–1980)
  • The Revd Peter Hancock (1980–1997)
  • The Revd Canon Peter Hancock (1997–1999)
  • The Ven Peter Hancock (1999–2010)
  • The Rt Revd Peter Hancock (2010–present)


  1. ^ a b c Number 10 — Official Announcement
  2. ^ "Bishop's Palace, Wells". Victoria County History. Retrieved 7 June 2014.  (see entry in list of assets)
  3. ^ Diocese of Bath and Wells – Bishop's Synod address (24 March 2014) & Welcome to Christ Church Winchester, 9 March 2014 (both accessed 4 April 2014)
  4. ^ Diocese of Bath and Wells – Bishops (Accessed 7 March 2014)
  5. ^ a b Diocese of Portsmouth — New Bishop of Basingstoke
  6. ^ a b Winchester Diocese — Three new bishops consecrated...
  7. ^ Debretts — Peter Hancock
  8. ^ Diocese of Bath and Wells – Next Bishop of Bath and Wells announced (Accessed 10 December 2013)
  9. ^ "Determination of objection to regulation transaction: House of Residence of Bishop of Bath and Wells" (PDF). Archbishops' Council. 1 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "New Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Hancock installed". BBC News. 7 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Ventnor blog
  12. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  13. ^ ”Pompey Chimes” (Diocese of Portsmouth newspaper) July/August 2010
  14. ^ Diocese of Winchester
  15. ^ "Bath Chronicle". 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bishop Attacks Gay Marriage". Bristol Post. 9 June 2014. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Archdeacon of the Meon
Succeeded by
Gavin Andrew Collins
Preceded by
Trevor Willmott
Bishop of Basingstoke
Succeeded by
David Williams
Preceded by
Peter Price
Bishop of Bath and Wells