Eric Knell

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Eric Henry Knell (1 April 1903[1] – January 1987)[2] was the Bishop of Reading from 1954 until 1972.[3]

Knell was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and ordained in 1929.[4] Beginning his ministry with a curacy at St Barnabas, Southfields[5] he was successively: Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln; Priest in charge of the Trinity College, Oxford, Mission in Stratford; Vicar of Emmanuel, Forest Gate, then Christ Church, Reading;[6] and finally, before his appointment to the episcopate, Archdeacon of Berkshire.[7] In 1972 he retired to Lingfield, Surrey and continued to serve the Church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Oxford.


  1. ^ Who was Who 1897-2007: London, A & C Black, 2008, ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
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  3. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jan 13, 1972; pg. 14; Issue 58374; col C Resignation of the Bishop of Reading
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
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  6. ^ "Church Web Site 1". 
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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Arthur Parham
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
Eric Wild