Bill Down

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Bill Down
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Diocese Diocese of Leicester
In office 1995–2001
Predecessor Godfrey Ashby
Successor John Austin
Other posts Bishop of Bermuda (1990–1995)
Honorary assistant bishop in Oxford (2001–present)
Ordination 1959 (deacon); 1960 (priest)
Consecration 1990
Personal details
Born (1934-07-15) 15 July 1934 (age 83)
Surrey, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents William & Beryl Collett
Spouse Sylvia Aves (m. 1960)
Children 2 sons; 2 daughters
Profession Missionary; writer
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

William John Denbigh "Bill" Down (born 15 July 1934) was the ninth Bishop of Bermuda and later the Assistant Bishop of Leicester.

Educated at St John's College, Cambridge (he proceeded Cambridge Master of Arts {MA(Cantab)}), Down was ordained in 1960. His first post was as a curate at St Paul's Church, Salisbury[1] after which he was secretary to the Missions to Seaman and chaplain of St Michael Paternoster Royal[2] until his ordination to the episcopate in 1990.[3] He returned to England as the Assistant Bishop of Leicester before retiring in 2001.[4]


  1. ^ Church website
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995, Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  3. ^ "Down, Rt Rev. William John Denbigh", Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 22 July 2012
  4. ^ Oremus
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Christopher Luxmoore
Bishop of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Ewen Ratteray
Preceded by
Godfrey Ashby
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Title next held by
John Austin