Bishop of Dover

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Bishop of Dover
Trevor Willmott
Province Canterbury
Diocese Canterbury
First incumbent Richard Yngworth
Formation 1536

The Bishop of Dover is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Canterbury, England.[1] The title takes its name after the town of Dover in Kent. The Bishop of Dover holds the additional title of "Bishop in Canterbury" and is empowered to act almost as if he were the diocesan bishop of Canterbury, since the actual diocesan bishop (the Archbishop of Canterbury) is based at Lambeth Palace in London, and thus is so frequently away from his diocese fulfilling national and international duties. Among other things, this gives the Bishop of Dover an ex officio seat in the Church's General Synod. Until recently, there was another proper suffragan, the Bishop of Maidstone, who did not have the same extra powers.

The role of the Bishop of Dover in the Diocese of Canterbury is comparable to that of the Cardinal Vicar in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rome, who exercises most functions that the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, formally has in his own diocese. The arrangements by which the Bishop of Dover acts as if he were the diocesan dates from 1980,[2] under provisions in Section 10 of the Dioceses Measure 1978. The 2001 report To Lead and to Serve recommended making these arrangement more permanent and styling the pseudo-diocesan as "Bishop in Canterbury";[3] that style was already in use before the review.[4]

The current Bishop of Dover, since February 2010, is Trevor Willmott.

List of Bishops of Dover

Bishops of Dover
From Until Incumbent Notes
1536 1545 Richard Yngworth Consecrated on 9 December 1536; died in 1545.
1545 1557 Richard Thornden Consecrated in 1545; died in 1557.
1557 1569 no appointment
1569 1597 Richard Rogers Consecrated on 15 May 1569; died 19 May 1597.
1597 1870 in abeyance
1870 1890 Edward Parry
1890 1897 George Eden Translated to Wakefield.
1898 1916 William Walsh
1916 1927 Harold Bilbrough Translated to Newcastle.
1927 1934 John Macmillan Translated to Guildford.
1935 1957 Alfred Rose
1957 1964 Lewis Meredith
1964 1980 Anthony Tremlett
1980 1992 Richard Third Formerly Bishop of Maidstone.
1992 1999 Richard Llewellin Formerly Bishop of St Germans.
1999 2009 Stephen Venner (b. 1944). Formerly Bishop of Middleton.
2010 present Trevor Willmott (b. 1951). Formerly Bishop of Basingstoke.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The Times, 3 June 1980; pg. 4; Issue 60641; col B, Church change to ease work of archbishop
  3. To Lead and to Serve: The Report of the Review of the See of Canterbury, p. 5 (Accessed 16 November 2015)
  4. Church of England — Review of the See of Canterbury (Accessed 16 November 2015)
  5. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 287. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.CS1 maint: display-editors (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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