Bishop of Thetford

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The Bishop of Thetford is an episcopal title which takes its name after the market town of Thetford in Norfolk, England. The title was originally used by the Normans in the 11th century, and is now used by a Church of England suffragan bishop.[1]

diocesan Bishops of Thetford[edit]

The Diocese of Thetford was formed when Bishop Herfast moved the episcopal see from Elmham to Thetford in 1075. This short-lived see continued until it was moved to Norwich in 1094.[2][3]

List of the Diocesan Bishops of Thetford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1075 1084 Herfast Transferred the see from Elmham in 1075; died 1084
1085 1091 William de Beaufeu Nominated 25 December 1085; died or resigned before 27 January 1091; also known as William de Beaufai
1091 1094/95 Herbert de Losinga Previously Abbot of Ramsey; consecrated before 27 January 1091; became Bishop of Norwich in 1094 or 1095
In 1094 or 1095, the see of Thetford was moved to Norwich.

Bishops suffragan of Thetford[edit]

The present Bishop of Thetford is a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Norwich, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title was resurrected under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534. The Bishop of Thetford, along with the Bishop of Lynn, assists the Diocesan Bishop of Norwich in overseeing the diocese, and has particular oversight of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk.[3]

List of the Suffragan Bishops of Thetford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1536 1570 John Salisbury Translated to Sodor and Man
1570 1894 in abeyance except that in 1694, George Hickes (Dean of Worcester) was consecrated nonjuring bishop of Thetford.
1894 1903 Arthur Lloyd Also Archdeacon of Lynn. Translated to Newcastle
1903 1926 John Bowers Also Archdeacon of Lynn
1926 1945 no appointment
1945 1953 John Woodhouse
1953 1963 Martin Leonard
1963 1977 Eric Cordingly
1977 1981 Hugh Blackburne
1981 1992 Timothy Dudley-Smith
1992 2001 Hugo de Waal
2001 2009 David Atkinson [4]
2009 present Alan Winton [5]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ a b Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 217, 243 and 261. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  3. ^ a b c Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  4. ^ Diocese of Norwich: David Atkinson. Retrieved on 12 June 2008.
  5. ^ Official announcement. Retrieved on 11 July 2009.

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