Ian Cundy

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Ian Cundy
Bishop of Peterborough
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Peterborough
In office1996–2009
PredecessorBill Westwood
SuccessorDonald Allister
Other postsArea Bishop of Lewes
Ordinationc. 1969
Consecrationc. 1992
Personal details
Born(1945-04-23)23 April 1945
Sherborne, Dorset
Died7 May 2009(2009-05-07) (aged 64)
BuriedPeterborough Cathedral
ParentsHenry Martyn Cundy and
Kathleen Ethel Hemmings
SpouseJosephine Katherine Boyd
m. 1969
Children2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Ian Patrick Martyn Cundy (23 April 1945 – 7 May 2009) was a Church of England cleric who served successively as area Bishop of Lewes and Bishop of Peterborough.


Born in Sherborne, Dorset, on 23 April 1945, he was the son of Henry Martyn Cundy and his wife Kathleen Ethel Hemmings.[1] He was educated at Monkton Combe School in Somerset and then at Trinity College, Cambridge where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and theology in 1967, and obtained a Master of Arts.[2] Cundy made his general ordination exam in Tyndale Hall, Trinity College, Bristol in 1969.[3]


Cundy was made a deacon at Michaelmas 1969 (28 September), by Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney, at All Saints', Benhilton,[4] and ordained a priest the Michaelmas following (27 September 1970), by Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark, at Southwark Cathedral;[5] he served first as assistant curate of Christ Church, New Malden until 1973 and subsequently lecturer and chaplain of Oak Hill Theological College in Southgate, London until 1977.[3] A year later, he was nominated team rector in Mortlake and East Sheen, a post he held until 1983.[6] Thereafter Cundy became Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham until 1992,[6] when he was appointed area Bishop of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester.[7] He was consecrated a bishop on 3 July 1992 by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey,[8] He was enthroned as the 37th Bishop of Peterborough in 1996, where he remained until his death in May 2009.[9]

Cancer and death[edit]

In November 2007, it was announced that Cundy was undergoing treatment for pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer.[10] In October 2008, he announced his intention to take early retirement in July 2009 due to ill health.[11] Cundy died on 7 May 2009 at the age of 64, after collapsing on his way to a family event.[12][13] He was survived by his wife, Josephine Katherine Boyd whom he married in 1969, and their children, two sons and one daughter.[2] Following a Eucharist in Peterborough Cathedral, Cundy was buried, a week after his death.[14]

Cundy lecture series[edit]

A lecture series was established in his name at Cranmer Hall, Durham. The 2011 lecture was given by Mary Tanner.


  1. ^ Howson, Geoffrey (8 March 2005). "Obituary - Henry Martyn Cundy". The Independent. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary - Ian Cundy". The Times. London. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary - Ian Cundy". The Telegraph. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Michaelmas Ordinations". Church Times (#5564). 3 October 1969. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Michaelmas Ordinations". Church Times (#5616). 2 October 1970. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ a b Townley, Peter (28 May 2009). "Obituary - Ian Cundy". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  7. ^ "No. 52973". The London Gazette. 25 June 1992. p. 10709.
  8. ^ "picture caption". Church Times (#6752). 10 July 1992. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  9. ^ "No. 54456". The London Gazette. 4 July 1996. p. 9013.
  10. ^ "Bishop has rare type of lung cancer". Northampton Evening Telegraph. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2007.
  11. ^ Beacock, Kirsten (22 October 2008). "Bishop set to retire early to fight lung cancer". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  12. ^ "Bishop dies on way to see family". BBC News. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  13. ^ Staff, E. T. (8 May 2009). "The Bishop of Peterborough has died". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  14. ^ Beacock, Kirsten (20 May 2009). "Funeral of the Bishop of Peterborough". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2009.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Warden of Cranmer Hall
Succeeded by
John Pritchard