Cyril Ashton

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The Rt Revd
Cyril Ashton
Bishop of Doncaster
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Sheffield
Installed 2000
Term ended 2011
Predecessor Rt Revd Michael Gear
Successor Rt Revd Peter Burrows
Ordination 1967[1]
Consecration 1 February 2000[2]
Personal details
Born (1942-04-06) 6 April 1942 (age 73)
Coxhoe, County Durham[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) was the Suffragan Bishop of Doncaster from 2000 to 2011.[3]


Cyril 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 an M.A. 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.

Cyril 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, Cyril 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, Cyril also introduced an additional tier of church leaders who were styled as ‘elders’.

Personal points[edit]

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

Books by Cyril 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


  • Cyril Ashton Esq (1942–1967)
  • The Revd Cyril Ashton (1967–2000)
  • The Rt Revd Cyril Ashton (2000—)


  1. ^ a b c d e Diocese of Sheffield — Bishop Cyril profile
  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
  6. ^ Burke’s Peerage
  7. ^ Bishop of Doncaster announces retirement
  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