Geoffrey Paul

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Geoffrey John Paul (4 March 1921[1] - 11 July 1983[2]) was the eighth Bishop of Hull in the modern era from 1977 until 1981, who was then translated to Bradford where he served until his death two years later.[3]

Educated at Rutlish School, Queens' College, Cambridge and at King's College London, his first position after ordination was as a curate in Little Ilford.[4] He was then a missionary priest at Palayamkottai and later in Kerala where he was a member of the faculty of the Kerala United Theological Seminary at Kannammoola, eventually becoming the principal from 1961 to 1965.[5]

On returning to England he was a residentiary canon at Bristol Cathedral and then Warden of Lee Abbey before his ordination to the episcopate as a suffragan bishop to the Archbishop of York. His daughter, the theologian Jane Paul, married the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Obituary Bishop Of Bradford Missionary work in India The Times Monday, 11 July 1983; p. 12; Issue 61581; col G
  3. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 23 March 1977; p. 18; Issue 59959; col B New Bishop of Hull
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Special Correspondent (2010-10-22). "The Hindu". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hubert Laurence Higgs
Bishop of Hull
Succeeded by
Donald George Snelgrove
Preceded by
Ross Sydney Hook
Bishop of Bradford
Succeeded by
Robert Kerr Williamson