Bishop of Truro

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Bishop of Truro
Tim Thornton
Province Canterbury
Diocese Truro
Cathedral Truro Cathedral
First incumbent Edward Benson
Formation 1876

The Bishop of Truro is the ordinary (diocesan bishop) of the Church of England Diocese of Truro in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The current incumbent is the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, 15th Lord Bishop of Truro, who was enthroned at Truro Cathedral on 7 March 2009.


There had been between the 9th and 11th centuries a Bishopric of Cornwall until it was merged with Crediton and the sees were transferred to Exeter in 1050.[2]

The Diocese of Truro was established by Act of Parliament in 1876 under Queen Victoria. It was created by the division of the Diocese of Exeter in 1876 approximately along the Devon-Cornwall border (a few parishes of Devon west of the Tamar were included in the new diocese). The bishop's seat is located at Truro Cathedral and his official residence at Lis Escop, Feock, Truro. The Bishop of Truro is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of St Germans in overseeing the diocese.

List of bishops

Bishops of Truro
From Until Incumbent Notes
1877 1883 Edward Benson Translated to Canterbury
1883 1891 George Wilkinson Translated to St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane; later became Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
1891 1906 John Gott
1906 1912 Charles Stubbs
1912 1919 Winfrid Burrows Translated to Chichester
1919 1923 Guy Warman Translated to Chelmsford; later to Manchester
1923 1935 Walter Frere CR
1935 1951 Joseph Hunkin[3]
1951 1960 Edmund Morgan Translated from Southampton
1960 1973 Maurice Key Translated from Sherborne
1973 1981 Graham Leonard Translated from Willesden; later to London. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1994.
1981 1989 Peter Mumford Translated from Hertford
1990 1997 Michael Ball CGA Translated from Jarrow. Founder of the Community of the Glorious Ascension with his twin brother.
1997 2008 Bill Ind Translated from Grantham
2009 present Tim Thornton Translated from Sherborne


  1. The Diocese of Truro: Homepage. Retrieved on 7 December 2008.
  2. Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 214–215.
  3. "Joseph Hunkin in New York". Time Inc. 14 February 1938. Retrieved 20 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Bishops of Truro". The Diocese of Truro. Retrieved 14 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Historical successions: Truro". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 275.


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) CS1 maint: display-editors (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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