Michael Vickers

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Michael Vickers

Bishop of Colchester
DioceseDiocese of Chelmsford
In office1988–1994
PredecessorRoderic Coote
SuccessorEdward Holland
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in Blackburn (1994–present)
Archdeacon of the East Riding (1981–1988)
Ordination1959 (deacon); 1960 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1929-01-13) 13 January 1929 (age 90)
ParentsWilliam & Florence
SpouseJanet Croasdale (m. 1960)
Alma materWorcester College, Oxford

Michael Edwin Vickers (born 13 January 1929)[1] was area Bishop of Colchester from 1988 to 1994.

He was educated at St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Worcester College, Oxford before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Christ Church, Bexleyheath[2] after which he was Senior Chaplain at Lee Abbey.[3] Following this he was Vicar of St John’s Newland, Hull.[4] Later he became Rural Dean of Hull and then (his final appointment before appointment to the episcopate[5]) Archdeacon of the East Riding. In retirement he continues to serve the Diocese of Blackburn as an Assistant Bishop.

He was made a deacon at Michaelmas 1959 (27 September)[6] and ordained a priest the following Trinity Sunday (12 June 1960), both times by Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester, at Rochester Cathedral.[7] He was consecrated a bishop on 2 February 1988 by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey.[8]

He owns a photograph of his great-great-great-grandmother who is earliest-born authenticated person to appear in a photograph. Mary Buckingham (born in 1750) died, aged 101, in 1851. The photograph was taken c.1850.


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  2. ^ Curate's Licence within The national Archives
  3. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995” (Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  4. ^ Church web-site
  5. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  6. ^ "Michaelmas Ordinations". Church Times (#5042). 2 October 1959. p. 14. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  7. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#5079). 17 June 1960. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  8. ^ https://www.diomedia.com/stock-photo-centre-most-rev-and-rt-hon-dr-robert-runcie-archbishop-of-canterbury-with-left-rt-rev-michael-vickers-bishop-of-colchester-and-right-rt-rev-anthony-russell-archbishop-of-dorchester-com-image17372748.html