Bishop of Peterborough

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Bishop of Peterborough
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Arms of the Bishop of Peterborough: Gules, two keys in saltire addorsed the wards upwards between four cross-crosslets fitchée or[1]
Donald Allister
Province Canterbury
Diocese Peterborough
Cathedral Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, Peterborough
First incumbent John Chambers
Formation 1541

The Bishop of Peterborough is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers the counties of Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. The see is in the City of Peterborough, where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew. The bishop's residence is Bishop's Lodging at The Palace in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. The office has been in existence since the foundation of the diocese on 4 September 1541 under King Henry VIII.

The current Bishop of Peterborough is Donald Allister. He succeeded Ian Cundy, who died in post on 7 May 2009 (two months before his announced resignation). Cundy was one of the 26 diocesan bishops who sat in the House of Lords as Lords Spiritual.

Donald Allister, who was the Archdeacon of Chester in the Diocese of Chester from 2002 to 2010, was consecrated as a bishop on 25 March 2010 at St Paul's Cathedral by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and was installed at Peterborough Cathedral on 17 April 2010.[2]

As parts of the City of Peterborough are actually in the Diocese of Ely (those parishes south of the River Nene), the last Bishop of Peterborough was appointed as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Ely with pastoral care for these parishes delegated to him by the Bishop of Ely.[3][4]

List of bishops

Chronological list of the bishops of the Diocese of Peterborough, England

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1541 to 1556 John Chambers Last Abbot of Peterborough Abbey. Died in office
1557 to 1559 David Pole Deposed
1560 to 1584 Edmund Scambler Translated to Norwich
1585 to 1600 Richard Howland Died in office
1601 to 1630 Thomas Dove Died in office
1630 to 1632 William Piers Translated to Bath & Wells
1633 to 1634 Augustine Lindsell Translated to Hereford
1634 to 1638 Francis Dee Died in office
1639 to 1646 John Towers Deprived of office
1646 to 1660 vacant see: English Interregnum
1660 to 1663 Benjamin Lany
1663 to 1679 Joseph Henshaw Died in office
1679 to 1685 William Lloyd Translated from Llandaff; translated to Norwich
1685 to 1690 Thomas White Deprived of office
1691 to 1718 Richard Cumberland Died in office
1718 to 1728 White Kennett Died in office
1729 to 1747 Robert Clavering Translated from Llandaff; died in office
1747 to 1757 John Thomas Translated to Salisbury
1757 to 1764 Richard Terrick Translated to London
1764 to 1769 Robert Lamb Died in office
1769 to 1794 John Hinchliffe Died in office
1794 to 1813 Spencer Madan Translated from Bristol; died in office
1813 to 1819 John Parsons Died in office
1819 to 1839 Herbert Marsh Translated from Llandaff; died in office
1839 to 1864 George Davys Died in office
1864 to 1868 Francis Jeune Died in office
1868 to 1891 William Magee Translated to York
1891 to 1897 Mandell Creighton Translated to London
1897 to 1916 Edward Glyn
1916 to 1923 Frank Woods Translated to Winchester
1924 to 1927 Cyril Bardsley Translated to Leicester
1927 to 1949 Claude Blagden
1949 to 1956 Spencer Leeson Died in office
1956 to 1961 Robert Stopford previously Bishop of Fulham; translated to London
1961 to 1972 Cyril Easthaugh previously Bishop of Kensington
1972 to 1984 Douglas Feaver
1984 to 1996 Bill Westwood previously Suffragan Bishop of Edmonton (London)
1996 to 2009 Ian Cundy Died in office
2010 to present Donald Allister previously Archdeacon of Chester

See also


  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.882, with added "the wards upwards" for clarity, as Debrett's blazon for Bishop of Gloucester
  2. "Diocese of Peterborough". Website of the Diocese of Peterborough. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Religion: Bishops bridge boundaries aboard boat". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Johnston Press. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  4. "Bridging the divide in a city". Diocesan website - press releases. Diocese of Ely. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 9 March 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Haydn, Joseph and Ockerby, Horace Haydn's Book of Dignities W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd., London, 1894 reprinted 1969
  • Whitaker's Almanack Joseph Whitaker & Sons Ltd. and A&C Black Publishers Ltd., London, 1883 to 2004
  • King, Richard John Handbook to the Cathedrals of England (Part II: History of the See, with Short Notices of the principal Bishops) John Murray, London, 1862

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