Peter Firth (bishop)

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Peter Firth
MA(Cantab) DipEd
Bishop of Malmesbury
Diocese Diocese of Bristol
In office 1983–1994
Predecessor Freddy Temple
Successor Michael Doe
as Bishop of Swindon
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Gloucester (2003–present)
Ordination 1955 (deacon); c. 1956 (priest)
Consecration 1983
Personal details
Born (1929-07-12) 12 July 1929 (age 88)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Atkinson and Edith Pepper
Spouse Felicity Wilding (m. 1955)
Children Two sons, three daughters
Alma mater Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Peter James Firth (born 12 July 1929[1]) was the Suffragan Bishop of Malmesbury from 1983 until 1994.

Firth was educated at Stockport Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1955 and was a curate at St Stephen's Barbourne.[2] Following this he was priest in charge at the Church of the Ascension, Malvern and then Rector of St George's Gorton. From 1967 to 1983 he worked in various capacities for the Religious Broadcasting Unit at BBC South West.[3] He was ordained to the episcopate in 1983. He retired in 1994 and is an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Gloucester.


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995” (Lambeth,Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  3. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Freddy Temple
Bishop of Malmesbury
Succeeded by
Michael Doe
as Bishop of Swindon