Bishop of Truro
Bishop of Truro
|Residence||Lis Escop, Feock|
|First holder||Edward White Benson|
The Diocese of Truro was established by Act of Parliament in 1876 under Queen Victoria. It was created by the division of the Diocese of Exeter in 1876 approximately along the Devon-Cornwall border (a few parishes of Devon west of the River Tamar were included in the new diocese). The bishop's seat is located at Truro Cathedral and his official residence at Lis Escop, Feock, south of Truro. The Bishop of Truro is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of St Germans in overseeing the diocese.
Until they moved to Feock the bishops resided at Kenwyn. Lis Escop (the Kenwyn Vicarage of 1780) became after the establishment of the Diocese of Truro the bishop's palace. After the bishops moved out for some years it housed part of Truro Cathedral School (closed 1981) then the Community of the Epiphany (Anglican nuns) and is now, as Epiphany House, a Christian retreat and conference centre. Lis Escop is Cornish for "bishop's palace".
List of bishops
|Bishops of Truro|
|1877||1883||Edward White Benson||Translated to Canterbury|
|1883||1891||George Wilkinson||Translated to St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane; later became Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church|
|1891||1906||John Gott||Confirmed 28 September 1891.|
|1912||1919||Winfrid Burrows||Translated to Chichester|
|1919||1923||Guy Warman||Translated to Chelmsford; later to Manchester|
|1951||1960||Edmund Morgan||Translated from Southampton|
|1960||1973||Maurice Key||Translated from Sherborne|
|1973||1981||Graham Leonard||Translated from Willesden; later to London. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1994.|
|1981||1989||Peter Mumford||Translated from Hertford|
|1990||1997||Michael Ball||Translated from Jarrow. Founder of the Community of the Glorious Ascension with his twin brother.|
|1997||2008||Bill Ind||Translated from Grantham|
|2009||2017||Tim Thornton||Translated from Sherborne; resigned c. August 2017.|
|2017||2018||Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans||Acting diocesan bishop, August 2017 – 30 November 2018|
|2018||present||Philip Mounstephen||Confirmed 20 November 2018.|
Among those who have served as assistant bishops in the diocese were:
- 1930–1935: Rupert Mounsey CR, previously assisted the Bishop of Truro less formally, since 1925; former Bishop of Labuan and Sarawak (1909–1916)
- 1938 – 1949 (d.): John Holden, Vicar of St Budock (until 1944), Canon Residentiary of Truro Cathedral (1944–1947), Archdeacon of Cornwall (from 1947) and former Bishop of Kwangsi-Hunan, of Szechwan, and of Western Szechwan
- 1951 – 1960 (ret.): John Wellington, Vicar of St Germans, Archdeacon of Bodmin (1953–1956) and former Bishop of Shantung
- 1962 – 1973 (ret.): Bill Lash, Vicar of St Clement (from 1963) and former Bishop in Bombay
Honorary assistant bishops — retired bishops taking on occasional duties voluntarily — have included:
- The Diocese of Truro: Homepage. Retrieved on 7 December 2008.
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- Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 84-85
- "Joseph Hunkin in New York". Time Inc. 14 February 1938. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
- Lambeth Palace — Tim Thornton announced as new Bishop at Lambeth (Accessed 4 April 2017)
-  (Accessed 24 November 2018)
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- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 275.
- "Mounsey, William Robert (Rupert)". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Holden, John". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Wellington". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Lash". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Advent Ordinations". Church Times. No. 4585. 22 December 1950. p. 931. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 February 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.