Bishop of Manchester

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Bishop of Manchester
David Walker
Province York
Diocese Manchester
Cathedral Manchester Cathedral
First incumbent James Prince Lee
Formation 1847

The Bishop of Manchester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Manchester in the Province of York.[1][2]

The current bishop is David Walker who was enthroned on 30 November 2013. The bishop's official residence is Bishopscourt, Bury New Road, Salford.[3]


The Diocese of Manchester was founded in 1847. With the growth of the population in and around Manchester, the bishop appointed the first suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Hulme, in 1924 to assist in overseeing the diocese. Three years later a second was appointed, the Bishop of Middleton. After nearly sixty years, the third and final suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Bolton, was appointed in 1984.[4]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Manchester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1848 1869 James Prince Lee Died in office.
1870 1885 James Fraser Died in office.
1886 1903 James Moorhouse Translated from Melbourne; retired; died 1915.
1903 1921 Edmund Knox Translated from Coventry; retired; died 1937.
1921 1929 William Temple Translated to York then Canterbury; died in office 1944.
1929 1947 Guy Warman Translated from Chelmsford; retired; died 1953.
1947 1970 William Greer Retired; died 1972.
1970 1978 Patrick Rodger Translated to Oxford; retired; died 2002.
1979 1992[5] Stanley Booth-Clibborn Retired; died 1996.
1993 2002 Christopher Mayfield Translated from Wolverhampton; retired.
2002 17 January 2013 Nigel McCulloch Translated from Wakefield.
2013 onwards David Walker Translated from Dudley


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 260–261. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  3. ^ Provincial Directory: Manchester. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. ^ Manchester and its many bishops. BBC. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  5. ^ "New bishop announced". Independent. 23 Dec 1992. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical successions: Manchester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 

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