Diocese of Gloucester
|Diocese of Gloucester|
Church of England
|No. of parishes:||323|
|No. of churches:||396|
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 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; Bristol became an independent diocese again on 9 July 1897.
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|
|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.|
|1562||1579||Richard Cheyney||Formerly a Prebendary of Westminster Abbey. Also held Bristol in commendam (1562–1579); died in office.|
|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|
|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|
|1897||1905||Charles Ellicott, DD||Hitherto Bishop of Gloucester & Bristol.|
|1905||1923||Edgar Gibson, DD|
|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; 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.|
- London Gazette: , 7 October 1836. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- London Gazette: , 9 July 1897. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- Gloucester Diocese – Bishop Michael announces retirement (Accessed 5 February 2014)
- Gloucester Diocese – Bishop Michael's presidential address (Accessed 5 February 2014)
- "Historical successions: Gloucester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. http://www.crockford.org.uk/listing.asp?id=694. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- 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.
- Bishops of Gloucester – Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: Volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough Dioceses
|Dioceses of the Church of England|
Province of Canterbury: