John Bickersteth

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John Bickersteth
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office 1975–1988
Predecessor Edward Henderson
Successor George Carey
Other posts Clerk of the Closet
Bishop of Warrington
Ordination 1951
Consecration c. 1970
Personal details
Born (1921-09-06) 6 September 1921 (age 94)
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

John Monier Bickersteth KCVO[1] (born Canterbury, 6 September 1921) was Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1975 to 1987, and Clerk of the Closet from 1979-1989.

Bickersteth descends from a clerical family over several generations; in total six family members have been Church of England Bishops.[2] His father was Canon Edward Monier Bickersteth, and his mother, Inez Katharine Jelf/Bickersteth,[3] was a friend of the actress Sybil Thorndike.[2]

Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, he was ordained in 1951 and began his career with a Curacy at St Matthew Moorfield's Bristol.[4] After a spell as Vicar of St Stephen's Church, Chatham he ascended to the Episcopate in 1970 as Suffragan Bishop of Warrington, and after five years was further promoted to Bath. From 1979 he was Clerk of the Closet for a decade.


  1. ^ Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debtrett's) p 1621 ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  2. ^ a b Run O’ The Mill Bishop by John Bickersteth (Capella Archive) Biografische Angaben (Tablet Archive vom 17. September 2005)
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  4. ^ Who's Who 1992 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2

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