Philip Goodrich

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Worcester Cathedral, grave of Bishop Philip Goodrich in the Cathedral Cloisters

Philip Harold Ernest Goodrich (2 November 1929 – 22 January 2001) was an Anglican bishop in the late 20th century.[1] He was Bishop of Tonbridge from 1973 to 1982 and Bishop of Worcester from 1982 to 1996.

Early life[edit]

Born on 2 November 1929 he was educated at Stamford School and St John's College, Cambridge.[2]

Religious life[edit]

After this he studied for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon followed by a curacy at Rugby in Warwickshire.[3] Between 1957 and 1961 he was chaplain of St John’s College, Cambridge (his own university college) before incumbencies at South Ormsby and Bromley.

In 1973, he was ordained to the episcopate as Bishop of Tonbridge, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Rochester. He translated to the Diocese of Worcester in 1982 where he would serve as Bishop of Worcester, the diocesan bishop. He retired in 1996.[4]

He died on 22 January 2001. His ashes are buried in the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral.


  1. ^ The Times, 27 April 1982; pg. 14; Issue 61218; col E, Bishop of Tonbridge to be translated to Worcester
  2. ^ Who’s Who London, A & C Black,1992 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  3. ^ Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debtrett's) p 1621 ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  4. ^ Debrett's People of Today (Ibid)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry David Halsey
Bishop of Tonbridge
1973 – 1982
Succeeded by
David Bartleet
Preceded by
Robert Wilmer Woods
Bishop of Worcester
1982 – 1996
Succeeded by
Peter Selby