James Atwell

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The Very Reverend
James Atwell
Dean of Winchester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Winchester
In office 2006–2016
Predecessor Michael Till
Successor Catherine Ogle
Other posts Dean of St Edmundsbury (1995–2006; Provost until 2000)
Personal details
Born (1946-06-03) 3 June 1946 (age 71)
Calne, Wiltshire, England
Nationality British
Denomination Church of England
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford

The Very Reverend James Edgar Atwell, MA, BD (born 3 June 1946)[1] is a retired priest and former Dean of Winchester.[2] He was educated at Dauntsey's and Exeter College, Oxford.[1] He went to theological college at Cuddesdon and was ordained in 1971. He began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich [3] after which he was curate at Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge and Chaplain at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD).

From Cambridge he became Vicar of St Lawrence, Towcester[4][5] and then Provost of St Edmundsbury Cathedral[6] before becoming (automatically, due to the Cathedrals Measure) Dean of St Edmundsbury on 19 November 2000.[7] Having received Letters Patent from Elizabeth II,[8] he was installed in Winchester Cathedral at a service on Lady day, 25 March 2006.[9]

On 12 February 2016, it was announced that James was to retire as Dean of Winchester[10] effective 14 July.[11]


  • Sources of the Old Testament: A Guide to the Religious Thought of the Hebrew Bible (Understanding the Bible & Its World), T. & T. Clark Ltd, 1 Apr 2004. ISBN 978-0567084637


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Till
Dean of Winchester
Succeeded by
Catherine Ogle