The Bishop of Hertford is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of St Albans, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The suffragan See was created by Order in Council of 5 July 1889, but remained dormant until first filled in December 1967.[2] The title takes its name after Hertford, the county town of Hertfordshire. The suffragan Bishop of Hertford, along with the suffragan Bishop of Bedford, assists the diocesan Bishop of St Albans in overseeing the diocese; the bishop has oversight of the archdeaconries of Hertford and St Albans, which cover the deaneries & parishes of Hertfordshire.

The current Bishop of Hertford is The Right Reverend Dr Jane Mainwaring, who took office upon her consecration on 2 February 2023;[3] she is the first woman to hold the office.

List of bishops

Bishops of Hertford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1889 1967 in abeyance
1967 1971 John Trillo (1915–1992). Translated from Bedford; later to Chelmsford
1971 1974 Victor Whitsey (1916–1987). Translated to Chester
1974 1981 Peter Mumford (1922–1992). Translated to Truro
1982 1989 Kenneth Pillar (1924–2011)
1990 2001 Robin Smith (b. 1936)
2001 Sept 2010 Christopher Foster [4] (b. 1953). Translated to Portsmouth
2010 23 July 2014 Paul Bayes (b. 1954) Previously National Mission and Evangelism Adviser;[5] translated to Liverpool
16 May 2015 29 June 2022 Michael Beasley (b. 1968) Translated to Bath & Wells.[6]
2023 present Jane Mainwaring (b. 1970) previously Archdeacon of St Albans; consecrated 2 February 2023[3]
Source(s):[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Diocese of St Albans – A History of the Sees of Hertford and Bedford Archived August 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 20 August 2014)
  3. ^ a b "(Order of Service) Eucharist with the Ordination and Consecration..." (PDF). Canterbury Cathedral. 2 February 2023. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  4. ^ Biographies of the Bishops of St Albans, Bedford and Hertford Archived November 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 16 June 2008.
  5. ^ Number 10 — Suffragan See of Hertford
  6. ^ Diocese of Bath & Wells [@BathWells] (29 June 2022). "Bishop Michael Beasley has officially become the 80th Bishop of Bath and Wells..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2 October 2022. Retrieved 2 October 2022 – via Twitter.