Vernon Nicholls

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Vernon Nicholls
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Reference style The Right Reverend
Spoken style My Lord
Religious style Bishop

Vernon Sampson Nicholls (1917–1996) was an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of England as the Bishop of Sodor and Man[1] from 1974 to 1983.[2]
He was born in Truro [3] on 3 September 1917 [4] and educated at Truro School and Durham University. He studied for ordination at Clifton Theological College, was ordained in 1941, [5] and held Curacies at Bedminster Down, Bristol, and at Liskeard in Cornwall.[6] He was a temporary Chaplain to the Forces from 1944 to 1946. Later he was Vicar of Meopham[7] then Rural Dean of Walsall. From 1967 to 1974 he was Archdeacon of Birmingham when he was elevated to the Episcopate.[8] From 1980 he was also Dean of the newly created Peel Cathedral. He died on 2 February 1996 in Stratford-on-Avon.


  1. Debrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis, P (1992, London, Debrett's) p 1485 ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  2. The Times, Friday, Apr 29, 1983; pg. 14; Issue 61519; col A Bishop of Sodor and Man to retire
  3. “Priests And Prelates: The Daily Telegraph Clerical Obituaries” Beeson, T.R: London, Continuum, 2002 ISBN 978-0-8264-6337-1
  4. Who's Who 1992“ p1370 (London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1947-48 Oxford, OUP, 1947 p958
  6. Independent obituary
  7. Residents of Renown
  8. Bishops of Sodor and Man
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Preceded by
George Eric Gordon
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
Arthur Henry Attwell