John Neale (bishop)

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John Neale
Bishop of Ramsbury
DioceseDiocese of Salisbury
In office1974–1988
SuccessorPeter Vaughan
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in Bristol (1991–present); in Gloucester (1996–2004); and in Bath & Wells (1991–2008)
Area bishop of Ramsbury (1981–1988)
Archdeacon of Wilts (1974–1980)
Ordination1955 (deacon); 1956 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1926-09-21) 21 September 1926 (age 92)
ParentsGeoffrey & Stella Wild
ProfessionWriter; army officer
Alma materKing's College London

John Robert Geoffrey Neale AKC (born 21 September 1926) is a retired Anglican bishop. From 1974 to 1988, he was the first suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury in the Church of England and the first area bishop under that diocese's 1981–2009 area scheme.[1]

Neale was educated at Felsted School[2] and then served in the Royal Artillery during World War II. He completed his studies at King's College London and St Boniface's Warminster and began his ordained ministry as a curate in St Helier. He was then, successively, the chaplain of Ardingly College, Secretary of the Advisory Council for Church Ministry, Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Guildford[3] and Rector of St Peter's Hascombe before his consecration to the episcopate by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Michael Ramsey in St. Paul's Cathedral. Since 1991 he has been an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bristol.[4] His papers are housed at the National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives.[5]


  1. ^ Salisbury Diocesan Synod minutes – 99th session, 7 November 2009 p. 3 (Accessed 23 April 2014)
  2. ^ 'NEALE, John Robert Geoffrey', Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 10 July 2012
  3. ^ Crockfords Online- accessed 2 December 2008.
  4. ^ Wiltshire Times
  5. ^ NCIDBoMaA[permanent dead link]
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Ramsbury
Succeeded by
Peter Vaughan