Bishop of Gloucester
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Arms of the Bishop of Gloucester: Azure, two keys addorsed in saltire the wards upwards or[1]
Rachel Treweek
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ResidenceBishopscourt, Gloucester
First holderJohn Wakeman
CathedralGloucester Cathedral

The Bishop of Gloucester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Gloucester in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers the County of Gloucestershire and part of the County of Worcestershire. The see's centre of governance is the City of Gloucester where the bishop's chair (cathedra) is located in the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity.

The bishop's residence is Bishopscourt, Gloucester; very near the Cathedral.[2]

The office has been in existence since the foundation of the see in 1541 under King Henry VIII from part of the Diocese of Worcester. On 5 August 2014, Martyn Snow, the suffragan Bishop of Tewkesbury, became acting bishop of Gloucester.[3]

On 26 March 2015, it was announced that Rachel Treweek was to become the next bishop of Gloucester (and the first woman to serve as a diocesan bishop in the Church of England);[4] she legally became the bishop of Gloucester with the confirmation of her election on 15 June 2015.[5]

List of bishops

Chronological list of the bishops of the Diocese of Gloucester.

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Bishops of Gloucester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1541 1549
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John Wakeman
Previously last Abbot of Tewkesbury.
1550 1552
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John Hooper
Translated to Worcester and Gloucester.[6]
1552 1554 See dissolved and returned to Worcester diocese
1554 1558
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James Brooks
Died in office.
1558 1562 See vacant
1562 1579
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Richard Cheyney
Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster Abbey. Also held Bristol in commendam (1562–1579); died in office.
1579 1581 See vacant
1581 1598
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John Bullingham
Also Bishop of Bristol (1581–1589).
1598 1604
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Godfrey Goldsborough
Formerly a Prebendary of Worcester.
1604 1607
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Thomas Ravis
Formerly Dean of Queen's College, Oxford; elected 4 March 1604; translated to London.
1607 1610
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Henry Parry
Formerly Dean of Chester; translated to Worcester.
1610 1612
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Giles Thomson
Formerly Dean of Windsor; consecrated 9 June 1611; died in office.
1612 1624
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Miles Smith
Formerly a Canon-resident of Hereford.
1625 1646
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Godfrey Goodman
Formerly Dean of Rochester; sequestrated 1640 and formally deprived 1646; converted to Roman Catholicism and died in Rome in 1655.
1646 1660 See was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.[7][8]
1660 1672
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William Nicholson
Formerly Archdeacon of Brecon.
1672 1681
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John Pritchett
Formerly Vicar of St Giles, Cripplegate.
1681 1690
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Robert Frampton
Formerly Dean of Gloucester; deprived in 1690.
1691 1714
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Edward Fowler
Formerly a Prebendary of Gloucester; died in office.
1715 1722
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Richard Willis
Formerly Dean of Lincoln; translated to Salisbury.
1722 1731
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Joseph Wilcocks
Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster; translated to Rochester.
1731 1733
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Elias Sydall
Translated from St David's.
1734 1752
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Martin Benson
Formerly a Prebendary of Durham.
1752 1759
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James Johnson
Formerly a Canon-resident of St Paul's, London.
1759 1779
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William Warburton
Formerly Dean of Bristol and preacher of Lincoln's Inn.
1779 1781
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The Hon. James Yorke
Translated from St David's; translated to Ely.
1781 1789
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Samuel Hallifax
Translated to St Asaph.
1789 1802
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Richard Beadon
Formerly Archdeacon of London; translated to Bath & Wells.
1802 1815
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George Huntingford
Formerly Warden of Winchester College; translated to Hereford.
1815 1824
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Henry Ryder
Translated to Lichfield & Coventry.
1824 1830
Christopher Bethell
Translated to Exeter.
1830 1836
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James Henry Monk
Translated to Gloucester and Bristol.
Bishops of Gloucester and Bristol
Merged as a single see and diocese, 1836–1897
From Until Incumbent Notes
1836 1856
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James Henry Monk
Translated from Gloucester; died in office.
1856 1861
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Charles Baring
Translated to Durham.
1861 1863
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William Thomson
Previously Dean of Queen's College, Oxford; translated to York.
1863 1897
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Charles Ellicott
Previously Dean of Exeter; translated to Gloucester.
Bishops of Gloucester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1897 1905
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Charles Ellicott
Hitherto Bishop of Gloucester & Bristol.
1905 1923
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Edgar Gibson
1923 1945
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Arthur Headlam
1946 1953
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Clifford Woodward
Translated from Bristol.
1954 1962
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Wilfred Askwith KCMG
Translated from Blackburn.
1962 1975
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Basil Guy
Translated from Bedford.
1975 1992
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John Yates
Translated from Whitby.
1992 1993
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Peter Ball CGA
Translated from Lewes.
1993 2003
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David Bentley
Translated from Lynn.
2004 2014
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Michael Perham
Formerly Dean of Derby.
2014 2015 Martyn Snow
Bishop of Tewkesbury
Acting diocesan bishop, as suffragan Bishop of Tewkesbury.[3]
2015 incumbent
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Rachel Treweek
[4]Election confirmed 15 June 2015.[5]

Assistant bishops

Among those who have served as assistant bishops in the diocese were:

Among those who have served as (honorary) assistant bishops in retirement have been:


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  2. ^ "Rachel Treweek". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
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  4. ^ a b Diocese of Gloucester — The Bishop of Gloucester Designate Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 26 March 2015)
  5. ^ a b Archbishop of Canterbury — Diary: Bishop of Gloucester — Confirmation of Election (Accessed 27 May 2015)
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