John Richardson (bishop of Bedford)

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John Richardson
Bishop of Bedford
Diocese Diocese of St Albans
In office 1994–2002
Predecessor David Farmbrough
Successor Richard Inwood
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Carlisle and in Newcastle (2003–present)
Ordination 1963 (deacon); 1964 (priest)
Consecration 1994
Personal details
Born (1937-07-11) 11 July 1937 (age 79)
Denomination Anglican
Parents John & Elizabeth
Spouse Felicity-Anne Lowes (m. 1963)
Children 3 daughters
Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge

John Henry Richardson (born 11 July 1937) is a retired Church of England bishop. From 1994 to 2002, he was Bishop of Bedford (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of St Albans, now serving in retirement as an honorary assistant bishop in the Dioceses of Carlisle and of Newcastle.[1]

Early life[edit]

Richardson was born the son of John Richardson, sometime Archdeacon of Derby. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity Hall, Cambridge,[2] whence he gained his degree of Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab).


He became a deacon in 1963 and was ordained priest in 1964. Richardson began his ministry with curacies in Stevenage and Eastbourne. He became Vicar of Chipperfield, then Rural Dean of Rickmansworth[3] and finally, before his appointment to the episcopate, Vicar of St Michael’s, Bishops Stortford.[4]


He was consecrated bishop in 1994. Richardson served as the Bishop of Bedford, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of St Albans. He retired in 2002, but has since served the church in retirement as an honorary assistant bishop elsewhere.


In 1963, John Richardson married Felicity-Anne. They have three daughters and are grandparents.

Later life[edit]

In retirement, Richardson continues to serve the Church, as an honorary assistant bishop in the Dioceses of Carlisle and of Newcastle.


  1. ^ History of post
  2. ^ ‘RICHARDSON, Rt Rev. John Henry’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 10 July 2012
  3. ^ Crockfords On line- accessed Sunday 21 December 2008, 11:01
  4. ^ Parish details Archived 28 August 2008 on Wayback Machine.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Farmbrough
Bishop of Bedford
Succeeded by
Richard Inwood