Bishop of Stafford
The Bishop of Stafford is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title takes its name after Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire. The Bishop of Stafford has particular episcopal oversight of the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Stoke. The incumbent is Geoff Annas. The bishops suffragan of Stafford have been area bishops since the Lichfield area scheme was erected in 1992.
List of bishops
|Bishops of Stafford|
|1909||1915||Edward Were||(1846–1915). Formerly Bishop of Derby|
|1934||1938||Douglas Crick||(1885–1973). Translated to Chester|
|1975||1978||John Waine||(b. 1930). Translated to St Edmundsbury and Ipswich|
|1987||1995||Michael Scott-Joynt||(1943–2014). First area bishop from 1992; translated to Winchester.|
|1996||2004||Christopher Hill||(b. 1945). Translated to Guildford|
|2005||2010||Gordon Mursell||(b. 1949)|
|2010 ||present||Geoff Annas||(b. 1953) Retiring 30 November 2019.|
Incarnation at Alton Towers
The Alton Towers Dungeon is an attraction at the Theme Park Alton Towers that replace the former ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride’. It is one of many ‘Dungeon attractions’ in the UK that are part of the Merlin Corporation. After an encounter with the Warden of the Dungeon, visitors enter into the Court Room of the Bishop of Stafford who has been appointed by Elizabeth I as justice of the peace. As the Bishop says:’I will be both shepherd to my flock and butcher’!
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- Diocese of Lichfield — Bishop of Stafford Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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