Bishop of Manchester

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Bishop of Manchester
David Walker
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ResidenceBishopscourt, Broughton
First holderJames Prince Lee
CathedralManchester Cathedral

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, Broughton, 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 JamesPrinceLee.jpg James Prince Lee Died in office.
1870 1885 Bp James Fraser.jpg James Fraser Died in office; in the ensuing vacancy, John Mitchinson was acting bishop.[5]
1886 1903 James Moorhouse, by Herbert Rose Barraud.jpg James Moorhouse Translated from Melbourne; retired; died 1915.
1903 1921 E A Knox Bp Manchester, Rotary.jpg Edmund Knox Translated from Coventry; retired; died 1937.
1921 1929 The Royal Navy during the Second World War A11567 (Archbp Temple crop).jpg William Temple Translated to York then Canterbury; died in office 1944.
1929 1947 No image.svg Guy Warman Translated from Chelmsford; retired; died 1953.
1947 1970 No image.svg William Greer Retired; died 1972.
1970 1978 No image.svg Patrick Rodger Translated to Oxford; retired; died 2002.
1979 1992[6] No image.svg Stanley Booth-Clibborn Retired; died 1996.
1993 2002 No image.svg Christopher Mayfield Translated from Wolverhampton; retired.
2002 2013 No image.svg Nigel McCulloch Translated from Wakefield.
2013 incumbent NWHLRC unveiling (David Walker cropped).jpg David Walker Translated from Dudley

Assistant bishops[edit]

Among those who have served as assistant bishops of the diocese are:


  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. ^ "col. 1". Church Times. No. 1191. 20 November 1885. p. 899. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 27 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "New bishop announced". Independent. 23 December 1992. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical successions: Manchester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Church news". Church Times. No. 1252. 21 January 1887. p. 46. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 20 December 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.

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