Bishop of Peterborough
|Bishop of Peterborough|
Arms of the Bishop of Peterborough: Gules, two keys in saltire addorsed the wards upwards between four cross-crosslets fitchée or
|Cathedral||Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, Peterborough|
|Residence||Bishop's Lodging, The Palace, Peterborough|
|First incumbent||John Chambers|
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.
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.
List of bishops
Chronological list of the bishops of the Diocese of Peterborough, England
|Bishops of Peterborough|
|1541||1556||John Chambers||Last Abbot of Peterborough Abbey. Died in office|
|1560||1585||Edmund Scambler||Translated to Norwich|
|1585||1600||Richard Howland||Died in office|
|1601||1630||Thomas Dove||Died in office|
|1630||1632||William Piers||Translated to Bath & Wells|
|1633||1634||Augustine Lindsell||Translated to Hereford|
|1634||1638||Francis Dee||Died in office|
|1639||1646||John Towers||Deprived of office|
|1646||1660||See vacant (English Interregnum)|
|1660||1663||Benjamin Lany||Translated to Lincoln|
|1663||1679||Joseph Henshaw||Died in office|
|1679||1695||William Lloyd||Translated from Llandaff; translated to Norwich|
|1685||1690||Thomas White||Deprived of office|
|1691||1718||Richard Cumberland||Died in office|
|1718||1728||White Kennett||Died in office|
|1729||1747||Robert Clavering||Translated from Llandaff; died in office|
|1747||1757||John Thomas||Translated to Salisbury|
|1757||1764||Richard Terrick||Translated to London|
|1764||1769||Robert Lamb||Died in office|
|1769||1794||John Hinchliffe||Died in office|
|1794||1813||Spencer Madan||Translated from Bristol; died in office|
|1813||1819||John Parsons||Died in office|
|1819||1839||Herbert Marsh||Translated from Llandaff; died in office|
|1839||1864||George Davys||Died in office|
|1864||1868||Francis Jeune||Died in office|
|1868||1891||William Connor Magee||Translated to York|
|1891||1897||Mandell Creighton||Translated to London|
|1916||1923||Frank Woods||Translated to Winchester|
|1924||1927||Cyril Bardsley||Translated to Leicester|
|1949||1956||Spencer Leeson||Died in office|
|1956||1961||Robert Stopford||Previously Bishop of Fulham; translated to London|
|1961||1972||Cyril Easthaugh||Previously Bishop of Kensington|
|1984||1995||Bill Westwood||Previously suffragan Bishop of Edmonton (London)|
|1996||2009||Ian Cundy||Died in office|
|2010||incumbent||Donald Allister||Previously Archdeacon of Chester|
- Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.882, with added "the wards upwards" for clarity, as Debrett's blazon for Bishop of Gloucester
- "Diocese of Peterborough". Website of the Diocese of Peterborough. 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- "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.
- "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