(William) Neville Welch was the inaugural Bishop of Bradwell from 1968 to 1973. Born on 30 April 1906 he was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and Keble College, Oxford and studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before a curacy in Kidderminster. From 1934 he was Secretary to the Mission to Seamen. Following this he was Vicar of Grays then Ilford; Rural Dean of Barking; and finally, before his elevation to the Episcopate, Archdeacon of Southend. He retired to Witham and died on 3 February 1999.
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- Church news New Bishop of Bradwell (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Wednesday, 7 Feb 1973; pg. 18; Issue 58701; col C
- Who's Who 1970 London, A & C Black, 1971 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
- Death announced by Oxford University
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