John Bowers (bishop)

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Bowers in 1916

John Phillips Allcot Bowers (15 May 1854 – 6 January 1926) was Bishop of Thetford in the Church of England 1903-1926.[1]

John Bowers was born in Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire and educated at Magdalen School and St John's College, Cambridge.[2] His first post after ordination was as a Curate at Coggeshall. From 1882 to 1903 he was Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Gloucester and went on to be Diocesan Missioner and a Residentiary Canon at Gloucester Cathedral (1890–1902).[3] In January 1902, he was appointed Archdeacon of Gloucester[4][5] before his appointment as Bishop of Thetford and Archdeacon of Lynn in 1903 which refers to Kings Lynn.

A prominent Freemason,[6] he died in Norwich.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Bowers, John Phillips Allcot or Allcott (BWRS873JP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  4. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times (36668). London. 18 January 1902. p. 10. 
  5. ^ Gloucester City Deeds
  6. ^ 'The Bishop Of Thetford', The Times, Thursday, Jan 7, 1926; pg. 14; Issue 44163; col B
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Arthur Lloyd
Bishop of Thetford
Title next held by
John Woodhouse