The Bishop of Dunwich is an episcopal title which was first used by an Anglo-Saxons bishop between the 7th and 9th centuries and is currently used by the suffragan bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The title takes its name after Dunwich in the English county of Suffolk, which has now largely been lost to the sea.

In 1934 the Church of England revived title Bishop of Dunwich as a suffragan see; the See was erected under the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888 by Order in Council on 14 August 1934.[1] The bishop's duties are to assist the diocesan Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in overseeing the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Mike Harrison became Bishop of Dunwich from his episcopal consecration on 24 February 2016.[2]

List of bishops

Bishops of Dunwich
From Until Incumbent Notes
1934 1945 Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton Formerly Bishop of Ballarat; assistant bishop in St Edmundsbury since 1931.
1945 1955 Clement Mallory Ricketts
1955 1967 Thomas Cashmore
1967 1977 David Maddock
1977 1980 William Johnston
1980 1992 Eric Devenport
1992 1995 Jonathan Bailey Translated to Derby.
1995 1999 Tim Stevens Translated to Leicester.
1999 2013 Clive Young Retired 12 May 2013.[3]
2013 2016 vacant No new suffragan could be appointed during the lengthy vacancy (October 2013–May 2015) in the diocesan see, because the diocesan bishop makes the appointment.[4]
2016 present Mike Harrison Consecrated on 24 February 2016.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 34079". The London Gazette. 17 August 1934. p. 5251.
  2. ^ a b St Edmundsbury & Ipswich — The next Bishop of Dunwich announced Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 16 December 2015)
  3. ^ "Appointments". Church Times. No. 7802. 28 September 2012. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocese – Bishop Nigel set for new role at Lambeth (Accessed 25 June 2013)
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.