Edward Jones (bishop of St Albans)

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For the 17th century Bishop of St Asaph, see Edward Jones (bishop of St Asaph).

Edward Michael Gresford Jones[1] KCVO (21 October 1901 – 7 March 1982) was a Church of England bishop. He was the son of Herbert Gresford Jones who was also a bishop. He was known as Michael Gresford Jones.

Jones was enthroned as the 6th Bishop of St Albans on 28 September 1950, where he remained in office until 1970. Renowned for his administrative skills[2] rather than his oratory, he spoke only once in the House of Lords making a passionate plea calling on legislation to ensure better welfare for pit ponies in Britain’s coal mines.
He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College, Cambridge[3] and ordained in 1927,[4] his first post being as a Curate at St Chrysostom’s, Victoria Park, Manchester.[5] He was Chaplain at his old college and after this held incumbencies at Fylde and Hunslet.[6] From 1942 to 1950 he was Rector of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate and Bishop of Willesden[7] before translating to St Albans.[8] In retirement he continued to serve the church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Monmouth until 1978.


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  5. ^ Church web site
  6. ^ Right Rev E. M. Gresford Jones The Times Tuesday, 9 March 1982; p. 14; Issue 61177; col E
  7. ^ Ecclesiastical News Two Bishops Suffragan Appointed The Times Thursday, 5 March 1942; p. 7; Issue 49176; col D
  8. ^ The Times, Friday, 9 June 1950; p. 6; Issue 51713; col B New Bishop of St Albans
Religious titles
Preceded by
Henry Montgomery Campbell
Bishop of Willesden
Succeeded by
Gerald Ellison
Preceded by
Philip Loyd
Bishop of St Albans
Succeeded by
Robert Runcie