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, UK.[1]

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

The bishop's seat (cathedra) or see is located in the City of Derby at The Cathedral Church of All Saints – formerly a parish church which was elevated to cathedral status in 1927.[2] The bishop's residence is - The Bishop's House, 6 King Street, Duffield, Belper.

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern, the 7th Bishop of Derby, who signs + Alastair Derby.[3] He is one of the 21 senior bishops entitled by length of tenure to sit in the House of Lords, and was introduced on 15 June 2010.[4]

List of bishops[edit]

Suffragan bishops[edit]

Suffragan bishops of Derby
From Until Incumbent Notes
1889 1909 Edward Were Translated to Stafford.
1909 1927 Charles Abraham
In 1927, the suffragan see ended with the creation of the diocesan see.
Source(s): [1]

Diocesan bishops[edit]

Bishops of Derby
From Until Incumbent Notes
1927 1936 Edmund Pearce Previously Master of Corpus Christi.
1936 1959 Alfred Rawlinson Previously Archdeacon of Auckland.
1959 1969 Geoffrey Allen Previously Principal of Cuddesdon College.
1969 1988 Cyril Bowles Previously Archdeacon of Swindon.
1988 1995 Peter Dawes Previously Archdeacon of West Ham.
1995 2005 Jonathan Bailey Translated from Dunwich; also Clerk of the Closet from 1997.
2005 present Alastair Redfern[3] Translated from Grantham.


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Derby Cathedral. (Official website). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b Profile: Rt Rev'd Dr Alastair Redfern. (Official website). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  4. ^ |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Lords. 15 Jun 2010. col. 893. 

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