The Bishop of Leicester was a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury.

A thousand years after it had last been used (for a diocesan Mercian bishop, 679–888) the episcopal title was resurrected as a suffragan see within the diocese of Peterborough. The suffragan Bishop of Leicester assisted the diocesan Bishop of Peterborough in overseeing the diocese.[1][2]

In the modern Diocese of Leicester, there was a stipendiary (paid) Assistant Bishop of Leicester (1987–2017), until a new suffragan See of Loughborough was erected to replace the Assistant Bishop role[3][4]see Bishop of Loughborough.

List of bishops

Bishops suffragan of Leicester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1888 1903 Francis Thicknesse Formerly Archdeacon of Northampton
1903 1912 Lewis Clayton Canon of Peterborough; became Assistant Bishop of Peterborough
1913 1927 Norman Lang Resigned the See, but effectively continued in post as an assistant bishop.[5]
In 1927, the suffragan see of Leicester ended with the creation of the diocesan see.


  1. ^ a b Leicester Cathedral: History Archived January 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 22 November 2008.
  2. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  3. ^ Diocese of Leicester — Synod supports creation of Suffragan Bishop (Accessed 19 December 2016)
  4. ^ David Pocklington, "A new suffragan see for Loughborough" in Law & Religion UK, 30 November 2016, [1]
  5. ^ "in memoriam: Norman Lang, Brother of Cosmo". Church Times. No. 4865. 11 May 1956. p. 7. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 1 June 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.