John Gaisford

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The Right Reverend
John Gaisford
Bishop of Beverley
Province York
Diocese York
See Beverley
In office 1994–2000
Predecessor Robert Crosthwaite
Successor Martyn Jarrett
Other posts Archdeacon of Macclesfield
Ordination 1960 (deacon)
1961 (priest)
Consecration c. 1994
by John Hapgood
Personal details
Born (1934-10-07) 7 October 1934 (age 82)
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Durham University

John Scott Gaisford[1] (born 7 October 1934) was the second Bishop of Beverley,[2] appointed by the Archbishop of York to be a provincial episcopal visitor ("flying bishop") when the Church of England began ordaining women as priests.

Gaisford was educated at Durham University, ordained in 1961[3] and began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St Hilda's Audenshaw.[4] from 1960 to 1962. Following this he was curate at St Michael and All Angels in Bramhall, Cheshire until 1965 when he became vicar of St Andrew’s Crewe and was Rural Dean of Nantwich from 1974 until 1985 [5] and then Archdeacon of Macclesfield until 1994.[6] He retired in 2000.[7]


  1. ^ Photo of Gaisford in 1998
  2. ^ The first, Robert Crosthwaite had been a standard suffragan bishop within the Diocese of York from 1889 to 1923 > Obituary in The Times, Friday, Sep 11, 1925; pg. 14; Issue 44064; col C
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  4. ^ Church website
  5. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Joins Redundant Churches Fund
  7. ^ Official announcement