Bishop of Dorchester
The modern Bishop of Dorchester is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The Bishop of Dorchester, along with the Bishop of Buckingham and the Bishop of Reading, assists the Diocesan Bishop of Oxford in overseeing the diocese.
The title takes its name from the town of Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, and was first used by the historic Bishops of Dorchester: at first for a West Saxon diocese (see Bishop of Winchester), and later for a Mercian diocese (see Bishop of Lincoln). The suffragan See was erected by Order-in-Council (under the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888) on 2 February 1939. The bishops suffragan of Dorchester have been area bishops since the Oxford area scheme was founded in 1984.
List of bishops
|Suffragan Bishops of Dorchester|
|1939||1952||Gerald Allen||Formerly Bishop of Sherborne; hitherto Assistant Bishop of Oxford since 1936; Archdeacon of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church|
|1952||1956||Kenneth Riches||Translated to Lincoln|
|1972||1977||Peter Walker||Translated to Ely|
|1979||1988||Conrad Meyer||First area bishop from 1984.|
|1988||2000||Anthony Russell||Translated to Ely|
|2000||2020||Colin Fletcher||Retired 4 October 2020.|
|2021||bishop-designate||Gavin Collins||Consecration scheduled for 28 January 2021.|
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- "No. 34596". The London Gazette. 7 February 1939. p. 835.
- "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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