Bishop of Derby

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The Bishop of Derby is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Derby in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The diocese was formed from part of the Diocese of Southwell in 1927 under George V and roughly covers the county of Derbyshire. Before this time however there had been two bishops suffragan of Derby whilst the town was still within the Diocese of Southwell.

The bishop's seat (cathedra) or see is located in the City of Derby at Derby Cathedral – formerly the parish church of All Saints, which was elevated to cathedral status in 1927.[2] The bishop's residence is the Bishop's House, Duffield.

The See is currently vacant follow Alastair Redfern's retirement on 31 August 2018; in the vacancy, Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton is acting bishop diocesan.[3]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Derby
From Until Incumbent Notes
1927 1936 Edmund Pearce by Laszlo.jpg Edmund Pearce Previously Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
1936 1959 Fond blanc.svg Alfred Rawlinson Previously Archdeacon of Auckland.
1959 1969 Fond blanc.svg Geoffrey Allen Previously Principal of Cuddesdon College.
1969 1988 Fond blanc.svg Cyril Bowles Previously Archdeacon of Swindon.
1988 1995 Fond blanc.svg Peter Dawes Previously Archdeacon of West Ham.
1995 2005 Fond blanc.svg Jonathan Bailey Translated from Dunwich; also Clerk of the Closet from 1997.
2005 2018 Official portrait of The Lord Bishop of Derby crop 2.jpg Alastair Redfern[4] Translated from Grantham; retired 31 August 2018.[5]
2018 present Fond blanc.svg Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton Acting diocesan bishop since 31 August.[3]


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Derby Cathedral Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. (Official website). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ Profile: Rt Rev'd Dr Alastair Redfern Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. (Official website). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  5. ^ Diocese of Derby — Bishop of Derby announces he will retire in 2018 (Accessed 8 November 2017)

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