Diocese of Gloucester

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Diocese of Gloucester
Church of England
Province: Canterbury
Arms of the Bishop of Gloucester
Gloucester Cathedral - geograph.org.uk - 1726412.jpg

Gloucester Cathedral
Bishop: Rachel Treweek
Cathedral: Gloucester Cathedral
Archdeaconries: Cheltenham, Gloucester
No. of parishes: 323
No. of churches: 396
Website: gloucester.anglican.org

The Diocese of Gloucester is a Church of England diocese which covers the greater part of Gloucestershire, though the south-west of the county is within the Diocese of Bristol. It is within the Province of Canterbury.

The cathedral of the diocese is Gloucester Cathedral, in the City of Gloucester, the seat of the Bishop of Gloucester.


The diocese was founded during the Reformation in 1541 from part of the Diocese of Hereford and the Diocese of Worcester. In 1542 the Diocese of Bristol was created to cover Bristol, but on 5 October 1836 it was merged back with Gloucester diocese as the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol;[1] Bristol became an independent diocese again on 9 July 1897.[2]

Outside and missionary links

The diocese has twinning links with the dioceses of Dornakal and Karnataka Central in the Church of South India, Västerås in Sweden, El Camino Real in California, USA, and Western Tanganyika in Tanzania. It is currently supporting the work of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika to build a new high school.


The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, headed respectively by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham and the Archdeacon of Gloucester. The Archdeaconries cover:

  • Archdeaconry of Cheltenham: the deaneries of Cheltenham, Cirencester, North Cotswolds, and Tewkesbury and Winchcombe;
  • Archdeaconry of Gloucester: the deaneries of Forest, Gloucester City, Severn Vale, Stroud, & Wotton.


The Bishop of Gloucester presides over the diocese, assisted by one suffragan, the Bishop of Tewkesbury. In 2015 the first woman to be appointed a diocesan bishop was appointed as Bishop of Gloucester became the first in the Church of England to receive a woman as diocesan bishop.

The bishop's residence is Bishopscourt, Gloucester.

Bishops of Gloucester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1541 1549 John Wakeman Previously last Abbot of Tewkesbury.
1550 1554 John Hooper Also Bishop of Worcester (1550–1554); deprived of both sees.
1554 1558 James Brooks Died in office.
1558 1562 See vacant
1562 1579 Richard Cheyney Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster Abbey. Also held Bristol in commendam (1562–1579); died in office.
1579 1581 See vacant
1581 1598 John Bullingham Also Bishop of Bristol (1581–1589).
1598 1604 Godfrey Goldsborough Formerly a Prebendary of Worcester.
1604 1607 Thomas Ravis Formerly Dean of Queen's College, Oxford; elected 4 March 1604; translated to London.
1607 1610 Henry Parry Formerly Dean of Chester; translated to Worcester.
1610 1612 Giles Thomson Formerly Dean of Windsor; consecrated 9 June 1611; died in office.
1612 1624 Miles Smith Formerly a Canon-resident of Hereford.
1625 1646 Godfrey Goodman Formerly Dean of Rochester; sequestrated 1640 and formally deprived 1646; apostated and died in Rome in 1655.
1646 1660 See was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.
1660 1672 William Nicholson Formerly Archdeacon of Brecon.
1672 1681 John Pritchett Formerly Vicar of St Giles, Cripplegate.
1681 1690 Robert Frampton Formerly Dean of Gloucester; deprived in 1690.
1691 1714 Edward Fowler Formerly a Prebendary of Gloucester; died in office.
1715 1722 Richard Willis Formerly Dean of Lincoln; translated to Salisbury.
1722 1731 Joseph Wilcocks Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster; translated to Rochester.
1731 1733 Elias Sydall Translated from St David's.
1734 1752 Martin Benson Formerly a Prebendary of Durham.
1752 1759 James Johnson Formerly a Canon-resident of St Paul's, London.
1759 1779 William Warburton Formerly Dean of Bristol and preacher of Lincoln's Inn.
1779 1781 The Hon. James Yorke Translated from St David's; translated to Ely.
1781 1789 Samuel Hallifax Translated to St Asaph.
1789 1802 Richard Beadon Formerly Archdeacon of London; translated to Bath & Wells.
1802 1815 George Huntingford Formerly Warden of Winchester College.
1815 1824 The Hon. Henry Ryder Translated to Lichfield & Coventry.
1824 1830 Christopher Bethell Translated to Exeter.
1830 1836 James Monk Translated to Gloucester and Bristol.
Bishops of Gloucester and Bristol
From Until Incumbent Notes
1836 1856 James Monk Translated from Gloucester; died in office.
1856 1861 Charles Baring Translated to Durham.
1861 1863 William Thomson Previously Dean of Queen's College, Oxford; translated to York.
1863 1897 Charles Ellicott, DD Previously Dean of Exeter; translated to Gloucester.
Bishops of Gloucester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1897 1905 Charles Ellicott, DD Hitherto Bishop of Gloucester & Bristol.
1905 1923 Edgar Gibson, DD
1923 1945 Arthur Headlam
1946 1953 Clifford Woodward Translated from Bristol.
1954 1962 Wilfred Askwith, KCMG, DD Translated from Blackburn.
1962 1975 Basil Guy, MA Formerly Bishop of Bedford
1975 1992 John Yates, MA Formerly Bishop of Whitby
1992 1993 Peter Ball, MA, CGA Formerly Bishop of Lewes
1993 2003 David Bentley, BA Formerly Bishop of Lynn
2004 21 November 2014 Michael Perham, MA Formerly Dean of Derby. Retired 21 November 2014;[3][4] had stepped back from public ministry on 2 August 2014.
5 August 2014 15 June 2015 Martyn Snow, Bishop suffragan of Tewkesbury acting diocesan bishop
15 June 2015 incumbent Rachel Treweek Election confirmed 15 June 2015.

Outside links


  1. London Gazette: no. 19426, pp. 1734–1738, 7 October 1836. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. London Gazette: no. 26871, p. 3787, 9 July 1897. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. Gloucester Diocese – Bishop Michael announces retirement (Accessed 5 February 2014)
  4. Gloucester Diocese – Bishop Michael's presidential address (Accessed 5 February 2014)
  5. "Historical successions: Gloucester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. http://www.crockford.org.uk/listing.asp?id=694. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  6. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S. et al., eds (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 248–249. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  7. Bishops of GloucesterFasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: Volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough Dioceses

Dioceses of the Church of England

Province of Canterbury:
Bath & Wells •
Birmingham • Bristol • Canterbury • Chelmsford • Chichester • Coventry • Derby • Ely • Exeter • Gibraltar in Europe • Gloucester • Guildford • Hereford • Leicester • Lichfield • Lincoln • London • Norwich • Oxford • Peterborough • Portsmouth • Rochester • Saint Albans • Saint Edmundsbury & Ipswich • Salisbury • Southwark • Truro • Winchester • Worcester
Province of York:
Blackburn •
Carlisle • Chester • Durham • Leeds • Liverpool • Manchester • Newcastle • Sheffield • Sodor & Man • Southwell & Nottingham • York