Eric Devenport

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Eric Devenport
Bishop of Dunwich
Diocese Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
In office 1980–1992 (retired)
Predecessor William Johnston
Successor Jonathan Bailey
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Norwich (since 2000)
Archdeacon of Italy (1992–1997), honorary assistant bishop in Europe
Ordination c. 1951 (deacon); c. 1952 (priest)
Consecration 30 September 1980
Personal details
Born (1926-05-03)3 May 1926
Died 10 November 2012(2012-11-10) (aged 86)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Joseph and Emma
Spouse Jean Richardson (m. 1954)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Open University

Eric Nash Devenport (3 May 1926[1] – 10 November 2012[2]) was Bishop of Dunwich from 1980 to 1992.

He was educated at the Open University and Kelham Theological College. After ordination he held curacies at St Mark's Church, Leicester[3] and St Matthew, Barrow-in-Furness.[4] Following this he was Succentor at Leicester Cathedral, then Vicar of Shepshed and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) Leader of Mission for the Diocese of Leicester.[5] He resigned in 1992 and became Archdeacon of Italy and Malta, a post he held for five years. In retirement he was an assistant bishop in the Norwich Diocese until his death in 2012.


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  2. ^ A Church Near You – Eric Devenport
  3. ^ Church web-site
  4. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995” (Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  5. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Johnston
Bishop of Dunwich
Succeeded by
Jonathan Bailey