Bill Westwood

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For the English footballer known as Bill Westwood, see John Westwood (footballer).

William John "Bill" Westwood (28 December 1925, Saul, Gloucestershire – 15 September 1999) was the 36th Anglican Bishop of Peterborough.[1]

He was educated at Grove Park Grammar School, Wrexham and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2]

After ordination as a deacon in 1952, Westwood was appointed curate of Holy Trinity Church, Kingston upon Hull. He was then Rector of Lowestoft; Vicar of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich (1965–75) and an honorary canon of Norwich Cathedral. In 1975 he became the Bishop suffragan of Edmonton in the Diocese of London (1975–84);[3] from the creation of the London area scheme in 1979, he was the first area bishop.[4]

He was the chairman of the Church of England's Committee for Communications, President of the Church Housing Association, a member of the Board of Governors of Nene College and an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 1989 until his death.

Westwood was a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. He was a member of the Press Council (1975–81), the IBA Panel of Religious Advisers (1983–7), the Video Consultative Council (1985–9) and the Broadcasting Standards Council (1988–92).

Westwood's son is the prominent British radio hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood.[5]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54456. p. 9013. 4 July 1996. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  2. ^ ‘WESTWOOD, Rt Rev. William John’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46592. p. 7289. 6 June 1975. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  4. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Alan Francis Bright Rogers
Bishop of Edmonton (London)
Succeeded by
Brian John Masters
Preceded by
Douglas Russell Feaver
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
Ian Cundy