Nicholas Reade

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The Right Reverend
Nicholas Reade
BA DipTH[1]
Bishop of Blackburn
Province York
Diocese Blackburn
See Blackburn
Installed 27 March 2004
Predecessor Alan Chesters
Successor Julian Henderson
Other posts Archdeacon of Lewes & Hastings (1997–2004)
Ordination 1973 (deacon)
1974 (priest)
Consecration 2 March 2004
by David, Archbishop of York
Personal details
Born (1946-12-09) 9 December 1946 (age 70)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Christine[2]
Children One daughter
Alma mater University of Leeds

Nicholas Stewart Reade (born 9 December 1946)[3] was the Bishop of Blackburn in the Province of York[4] from 2004 to 2012.

Reade was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey and the University of Leeds. He was ordained in 1973 after studying at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.[5] He began his ordained ministry with a curacy at St Chad's Coseley.[6] He was then appointed priest in charge of Holy Cross Bilbrook and then the vicar of St Peter's Upper Gornal. From 1982 to 1988 he was vicar of the Church of St. Dunstan, Mayfield and Rural Dean of Dallington.[3] From 1988 to 1997 he was Rural Dean of Eastbourne. He was Canon and Prebendary of Chichester Cathedral between 1990 and 1997. He became the Archdeacon of Lewes & Hastings in 1997, a position he held until his ordination to the episcopate on 2 March 2004 [7][8] and installation at Blackburn Cathedral on 27 March 2004.[9]

Reade is married to Christine,[2] with one adult daughter.[10]

In February 2012, the diocese announced that Reade was to retire on 31 October 2012.[11]


  • Nicholas Reade Esq (1946–1973)
  • The Revd Nicholas Reade (1973–1997)
  • The Ven Nicholas Reade (1997–2004)
  • The Rt Revd Nicholas Reade (2004–present)


  1. ^ Church of England — Bishop of Blackburn
  2. ^ a b Number 10 — See of Blackburn (National Archives)
  3. ^ a b Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Official announcement
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  6. ^ St Chad's Coseley website
  7. ^ Anglican Communion
  8. ^ Diocese of London — Cycle of Prayer for March 2004
  9. ^ BBC News — Diocese welcomes its new bishop
  10. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  11. ^ Diocese of Blackburn – Bishop of Blackburn Announces Retirement. Retrieved on 29 February 2012.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Alan Chesters
Bishop of Blackburn
Succeeded by
Julian Henderson