Bishop of Chester

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The Bishop of Chester is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chester in the Province of York.

The diocese covers most of the traditional county of Cheshire, including the Wirral and has its see in the City of Chester where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was formerly the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Werburgh, being elevated to cathedral status in 1541.

The Bishop's residence is Bishop's House, Chester.

Cheshire has held a bishopric since 1072 when the seat was at the collegiate church of Saint John the Baptist until 1102. The present diocese was formed in 1541 under King Henry VIII. The current Bishop of Chester is the Right Reverend Peter Robert Forster, PhD, the 40th Lord Bishop of Chester, who was enthroned on 11 January 1997, and who signs Peter Cestr.


List of the Bishops of the Diocese of Chester, England

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1542 to 1554John Bird
1554 to 1555George Cotes
1556 to 1559Cuthbert Scott
1561 to 1577William Downham
1579 to 1595William Chaderton
1595 to 1596Hugh Bellott
1597 to 1604Richard Vaughan
1604 to 1615George Lloyd
1616 to 1619Thomas Morton
1619 to 1652John Bridgeman
1660 to 1661Brian Walton
1662 to 1662Henry Ferne
1662 to 1668George Hall
1668 to 1672John Wilkins
1673 to 1686John Pearson
1686 to 1689Thomas Cartwright
1689 to 1707Nicholas Stratford
1708 to 1714Sir William Dawes, the 3rd Baronet Dawes
1714 to 1725Francis Gastrell
1726 to 1752Samuel Peploe
1752 to 1771Edmund Keene
1771 to 1776William Markham
1776 to 1787Beilby Porteus
1788 to 1800William Cleaver
1800 to 1809Henry Majendie
1810 to 1812Bowyer Sparke
1812 to 1834George Law
1824 to 1828Charles Blomfield
1828 to 1848John Sumner
1845 to 1865John Graham
1865 to 1884William Jacobson
1884 to 1889William Stubbs
1889 to 1919Francis Jayne
1919 to 1932Henry Paget
1932 to 1939Geoffrey Fisher
1939 to 1955Douglas Crick
1955 to 1973Gerald Ellison
1974 to 1981Hubert Whitsey
1982 to 1996Michael BaughenRetired
1996 to presentPeter Robert Forster, PhDEnthroned 21 January 1997

Template:Anglican Bishops & Archbishops - Great Britain

Sources

  • Haydn's Book of Dignities (1894) Joseph Haydn/Horace Ockerby, reprinted 1969
  • Whitaker's Almanack 1883 to 2004, Joseph Whitaker and Sons Ltd/A&C Black, London


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