Cyril Ashton

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The Right Reverend
Cyril Ashton
Bishop of Doncaster
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
In office 2000–2011
Predecessor Michael Gear
Successor Peter Burrows
Ordination 1967[1]
Consecration 1 February 2000[2]
Personal details
Born (1942-04-06) 6 April 1942 (age 75)
Coxhoe, County Durham, United Kingdom[1]
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Muriel[1]
Children 4 children: Jonathan, Elizabeth, Simon & Timothy[1]
Alma mater Oak Hill Theological College / Lancaster University

Cyril Guy Ashton (born 6 April 1942) is a British Anglican bishop. From 2000 to 2011, he was the Bishop of Doncaster, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Sheffield.[3]


Ashton trained for the Anglican ministry at Oak Hill Theological College, London, and began a curacy at St Thomas, Blackpool in 1967. He was then successively: Vocations Secretary to the Church Pastoral Aid Society (1970–1974);[4] Vicar of St Thomas, Lancaster (1974–1991); and finally, before his elevation to the Episcopate,[5] was Director of Training for the Diocese of Blackburn (1991–2000).

In 1986, he gained a Master of Arts (MA) degree at Lancaster University.[6] He was made an honorary canon of Blackburn Cathedral in 1991. He was also the course director of the Post-Graduate Diploma at Cliff College, Derbyshire from 1995.

Ashton retired as Bishop of Doncaster on 13 July 2011,[7] with a farewell service at St George's Minster, Doncaster.[8]

During his 17 years’ incumbency at St Thomas Lancaster, Ashton developed a distinctive ministry in the charismatic renewal movement and encouraged the open use of charismatic gifts in the main Sunday services. In addition to the normal Anglican offices of the Parochial Church Council, Ashton also introduced an additional tier of church leaders who were styled as ‘elders’.

Personal points[edit]

Ashton lists his recreations as motorcycling, vintage cars, swimming, cycling, music, wine, and walking,[9] Ashton is married to Muriel and they have four adult children.[10] Ahston and Muriel plan to retire in the Lancaster area.

Books by Ashton[edit]

  • Baptism: The Promise of God, Anglican Renewal Ministries, 1986
  • Servant Spirit, Serving Church, Marshall Pickering, 1988
  • Church on the Threshold: Renewing the Local Church, Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd, 1991 (co-authored with Bishop Jack Nicholls)
  • Threshold God: Discovering Christ in the Margins of Life, Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd, 1992
  • A Faith Worth Sharing?: A Church Worth Joining?, Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd, 1995



  1. ^ a b c d Diocese of Sheffield — Bishop Cyril profile[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Doncaster Free Press — New Bishop of Doncaster
  3. ^ Anglican Communion
  4. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, Debrett's, 2008 ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  5. ^ Report of Inauguration[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Burke’s Peerage
  7. ^ Bishop of Doncaster announces retirement[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Doncaster Free Press — Town's bishop announces...
  9. ^
  10. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Gear
Bishop of Doncaster
Succeeded by
Peter Burrows