Bishop of Peterborough

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Bishop of Peterborough
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Arms of the Bishop of Peterborough: Gules, two keys in saltire addorsed the wards upwards between four cross-crosslets fitchée or[1]
Official portrait of The Lord Bishop of Peterborough crop 2.jpg
Donald Allister
CathedralCathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, Peterborough
ResidenceBishop's Lodging, The Palace, Peterborough
First incumbentJohn Chambers

The Bishop of Peterborough is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers the counties of Northamptonshire (including the Soke of Peterborough) and Rutland. The see is in the City of Peterborough, where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew. The bishop's residence is Bishop's Lodging, The Palace, Peterborough. The office has been in existence since the foundation of the diocese on 4 September 1541 under King Henry VIII.

The current Bishop of Peterborough is Donald Allister. He succeeded Ian Cundy, who died in post on 7 May 2009 (two months before his announced resignation). Cundy was one of the 26 diocesan bishops who sat in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual.

Donald Allister, who was the Archdeacon of Chester in the Diocese of Chester from 2002 to 2010, was consecrated as a bishop on 25 March 2010 at St Paul's Cathedral by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and was installed at Peterborough Cathedral on 17 April 2010.[2]

As parts of the City of Peterborough are actually in the Diocese of Ely (those parishes south of the River Nene), the last Bishop of Peterborough was appointed as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Ely with pastoral care for these parishes delegated to him by the Bishop of Ely.[3][4]

List of bishops[edit]

Chronological list of the bishops of the Diocese of Peterborough, England

Bishops of Peterborough
From Until Incumbent Notes
1541 1556 Fond blanc.svg John Chambers Last Abbot of Peterborough Abbey. Died in office
1557 1559 Fond blanc.svg David Pole Deposed
1560 1585 Bp Edmund Scambler.jpg Edmund Scambler Translated to Norwich
1585 1600 Fond blanc.svg Richard Howland Died in office
1601 1630 Fond blanc.svg Thomas Dove Died in office
1630 1632 Bp William Piers.jpg William Piers Translated to Bath & Wells
1633 1634 Fond blanc.svg Augustine Lindsell Translated to Hereford
1634 1638 Fond blanc.svg Francis Dee Died in office
1639 1646 Fond blanc.svg John Towers Deprived of office
1646 1660 See vacant (English Interregnum)
1660 1663 Bp Benjamin Laney.png Benjamin Lany Translated to Lincoln
1663 1679 Fond blanc.svg Joseph Henshaw Died in office
1679 1695 Fond blanc.svg William Lloyd Translated from Llandaff; translated to Norwich
1685 1690 Bp Thomas White.jpg Thomas White Deprived of office
1691 1718 Richard Cumberland.jpg Richard Cumberland Died in office
1718 1728 WhiteKennett.jpg White Kennett Died in office
1729 1747 Bp Robert Clavering by Thomas Gibson.jpg Robert Clavering Translated from Llandaff; died in office
1747 1757 John Thomas, Bishop of Winchester.jpg John Thomas Translated to Salisbury
1757 1764 Richard Terrick (1710-1777), Bishop of London, by Nathaniel Dance Holland.jpg Richard Terrick Translated to London
1764 1769 Fond blanc.svg Robert Lamb Died in office
1769 1794 John Hinchliffe by MW Peters.jpg John Hinchliffe Died in office
1794 1813 Spencer Madan Bishop of Peterborough.jpg Spencer Madan Translated from Bristol; died in office
1813 1819 Bp John Parsons by William Owen.jpg John Parsons Died in office
1819 1839 Herbert Marsh by John Ponsford.jpg Herbert Marsh Translated from Llandaff; died in office
1839 1864 Fond blanc.svg George Davys Died in office
1864 1868 Dr Francis Jeune.jpg Francis Jeune Died in office
1868 1891 William Connor Magee portrait.jpg William Connor Magee Translated to York
1891 1897 Mandell Creighton by Sir Hubert von Herkomer.jpg Mandell Creighton Translated to London
1897 1916 Fond blanc.svg Edward Glyn
1916 1923 FrankTheodoreWoods.jpg Frank Woods Translated to Winchester
1924 1927 Fond blanc.svg Cyril Bardsley Translated to Leicester
1927 1949 Fond blanc.svg Claude Blagden
1949 1956 Fond blanc.svg Spencer Leeson Died in office
1956 1961 Fond blanc.svg Robert Stopford Previously Bishop of Fulham; translated to London
1961 1972 Fond blanc.svg Cyril Easthaugh Previously Bishop of Kensington
1972 1984 Fond blanc.svg Douglas Feaver
1984 1995 Fond blanc.svg Bill Westwood Previously suffragan Bishop of Edmonton (London)
1996 2009 Fond blanc.svg Ian Cundy Died in office
2010 incumbent Official portrait of The Lord Bishop of Peterborough crop 2.jpg Donald Allister Previously Archdeacon of Chester

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.882, with added "the wards upwards" for clarity, as Debrett's blazon for Bishop of Gloucester
  2. ^ "Diocese of Peterborough". Website of the Diocese of Peterborough. 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Religion: Bishops bridge boundaries aboard boat". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Johnston Press. 2 August 2004. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Bridging the divide in a city". Diocesan website - press releases. Diocese of Ely. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2007.


  • Haydn, Joseph and Ockerby, Horace Haydn's Book of Dignities W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd., London, 1894 reprinted 1969
  • Whitaker's Almanack Joseph Whitaker & Sons Ltd. and A&C Black Publishers Ltd., London, 1883 to 2004
  • King, Richard John Handbook to the Cathedrals of England (Part II: History of the See, with Short Notices of the principal Bishops) John Murray, London, 1862

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