Peter Walker (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Peter Walker
Bishop of Ely
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Ely
In office 1977 to 1989
Predecessor Edward Roberts
Successor Stephen Sykes
Ordination 1954
Consecration 1972
Personal details
Birth name Peter Knight Walker
Born (1919-12-06)6 December 1919
Died 28 December 2010(2010-12-28) (aged 91)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Education Leeds Grammar School
Alma mater The Queen's College, Oxford

Peter Knight Walker (6 December 1919 – 28 December 2010) was an Anglican bishop.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Walker was educated at Leeds Grammar School and The Queen's College, Oxford.[2][3]

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). He was then a teacher at The King's School, Peterborough and Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Walker was ordained in 1954. His first ordained ministry position was a curacy at Hemel Hempstead, after which he was fellow, dean and lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[4] From 1962 to 1972 he was principal of Westcott House, Cambridge.[5]

In 1972 he was consecrated to the episcopate as the Suffragan Bishop of Dorchester.[6] In 1977 he was translated to become the Bishop of Ely, a position he held until his retirement in 1989.[7]


He died in Cambridge on 28 December 2010, aged 91.[8]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ The Times, 18 November 1937; pg. 19; Issue 47845; col B, University News- Scholarships
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black: 2008, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Daily Telegraph, Obituaries, p. 31, "Bishop of Ely who oversaw the restoration of his cathedral and won the praise of W H Auden", issue no 48, p. 397, 7 January 2011
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth, Church House 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ The Times, 10 February 1972; p16; Issue 58398; col D, New Bishop of Dorchester
  7. ^ Genuki
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph, Obituaries, p. 31, ibid.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Goodwin Loveday
Bishop of Dorchester
Succeeded by
Conrad John Eustace Meyer
Preceded by
Edward James Keymer Roberts
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Stephen Whitefield Sykes