Will Stewart (bishop)

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Will Stewart
Bishop of Taunton
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office June 1997 – 1998 (death)
Predecessor Richard Lewis
Successor Andy Radford
Ordination 1968 (deacon); 1969 (priest)
Consecration 1997
Personal details
Born (1943-09-19)19 September 1943
Died 24 March 1998(1998-03-24) (aged 54)
Denomination Anglican
Parents William & Betty Sandeman-Allen
Spouse Janet Andrews (m. 1969)
Children 2 sons; 2 daughters
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

William Allen Stewart (called Will;[1] 19 September 1943 – 24 March 1998) was a Bishop of Taunton whose brief tenure from June 1997 until March 1998[2] was one of the shortest in the Anglican Communion. He was also, at 6 feet 7 inches,[3] one of its tallest.

Stewart was educated at Uppingham and Trinity College, Cambridge (where he gained a Cambridge Master of Arts {MA Cantab}).[4] Ordained in 1969 he was a curate at Eccleshall then Cheltenham.[5] Following this he was Vicar of St James, Gloucester[6] then Rector of St Mary Magdalene, Torquay.[7] A sideways move to St Mark, Oulton Broad[8] led to promotion to be Rural Dean of Lothingland and finally, before his appointment to the episcopate, a Canon of Norwich Cathedral.


  1. ^ "Bishop shares his reaction to suffering (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#7039). 9 January 1998. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ “Priests and Prelates: The Daily Telegraph Clerical Obituaries” Beeson, T (Ed) London Continuum 2002 ISBN 978-0-8264-8100-9
  3. ^ 201 centimetres
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ Church web site (1)
  7. ^ Church web site (2)
  8. ^ Church web site (3)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Nigel McCulloch
Bishop of Taunton
Succeeded by
Andy Radford