The Bishop of Stafford is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The title takes its name after Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire. The Bishop of Stafford has particular episcopal oversight of the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Stoke. Matthew Parker has been in post since 2021; the bishops suffragan of Stafford have been area bishops since the Lichfield area scheme was erected in 1992.[2]

List of bishops

Bishops of Stafford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1909 1915 Edward Were (1846–1915). Formerly Bishop of Derby
1915 1934 Lionel Crawfurd (1864–1934)
1934 1938 Douglas Crick (1885–1973). Translated to Chester
1938 1958 Lemprière Hammond (1881–1965)
1958 1974 Richard Clitherow (1909–1984)
1975 1978 John Waine (1930-2020). Translated to St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
1979 1987 John Waller (1924–2015)
1987 1995 Michael Scott-Joynt (1943–2014). First area bishop from 1992; translated to Winchester.
1996 2004 Christopher Hill (b. 1945). Translated to Guildford
2005 2010 Gordon Mursell (b. 1949)
2010[3] 2019 Geoff Annas (b. 1953) Retired 30 November 2019.[4]
2021 present Matthew Parker Consecrated 14 April 2021.[5]

Incarnation at Alton Towers

The Alton Towers Dungeon is an attraction at the Theme Park Alton Towers that replaced the former ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the ride’ in 2019. It is one of many Dungeon attractions in the UK that are part of the Merlin Entertainments. After an encounter with the Warden of the Dungeon, visitors enter into the Court Room of the Bishop of Stafford who has been appointed by Elizabeth I as justice of the peace for the shire. The Bishop says:’To my flock of lambs, I shall be both shepherd and butcher!’ Several visitors are put on trial for various crimes for everyone being sentenced to journey down the black river!


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Diocese of Lichfield — Bishop of Stafford Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Diocese of Lichfield - News - Bishop Geoff to bid farewell". Archived from the original on 25 July 2019.
  5. ^ [1] & [2]