Bishop of Winchester
Arms of the Bishop of Winchester
|Established||634 (at Dorchester)|
660 (translated to Winchester)
|Cathedral||Winchester Cathedral (since 660)|
The Bishop of Winchester is appointed by the Crown, and is one of five Church of England bishops who sit ex officio among the 26 Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords, regardless of their length of service.
The Diocese of Winchester is one of the oldest and most important in England. Originally it was the see of the kingdom of Wessex, with the cathedra at Dorchester Cathedral under Saints Birinus and Agilbert. It was transferred to Winchester in AD 660. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the wealthiest English sees and its bishops have included a number of politically prominent Englishmen, notably the 9th century Saint Swithun and medieval magnates including William of Wykeham and Henry of Blois.
A cathedral at Dorchester was founded in 634 by the Roman missionary Saint Birinus. It was the seat of a Bishop of the West Saxons; the episcopal see for that kingdom was moved to Winchester in 660 and so the Wessex Bishops of Dorchester were succeeded by the Bishops of Winchester.
Winchester was divided in AD 909, with Wiltshire and Berkshire transferring to the new See of Ramsbury. Nevertheless, the domains of the Bishop of Winchester ran from the south coast to the south bank of the River Thames at Southwark, where the bishop had one of his palaces, making it one of the largest as well as one of the richest sees in the land. In more modern times, the former extent of the Diocese of Winchester was reduced by the formation of a new diocese of Southwark in south London, a new diocese of Guildford in Surrey and a new diocese of Portsmouth in Hampshire. The most recent loss of territory was in 2014 when the Channel Islands were removed from the diocese of Winchester after a dispute with Bishop Tim Dakin led to a breakdown in relations. However, this arrangement is expressed to be an interim one and will not necessarily become permanent. The Channel Islands remain part of the Diocese of Winchester effectively under a scheme of episcopal delegation. The Bishop of Winchester delegated his episcopal authority in relation to the Channel Islands to the Archbishop of Canterbury who in turn placed the Channel Islands under the pastoral supervision of the Bishop of Dover. The Channel Islands have not been transferred to and incorporated within another diocese.
Traditionally, in the general order of precedence before 1533, the Bishop of Winchester was given precedence over all other diocesan bishops - that is, the first English bishop in rank behind the archbishops of Canterbury and York. But in 1533, Henry VIII of England raised the rank of the Bishop of London and the Bishop of Durham, relegating Winchester to third (but still above other remaining diocesan bishops). The Bishop of Winchester has almost always (that is, except during the period of the Commonwealth until the Restoration of the Monarchy) held the office of Prelate of the Order of the Garter since its foundation in 1348.
The official residence of the Bishop of Winchester is Wolvesey Palace in Winchester. Other historic homes of the bishops included Farnham Castle, Bishop’s Waltham Palace and a town residence at Winchester Palace in Southwark, Surrey (now London). The bishop is the visitor to five Oxford colleges, including New College, Oxford and St John's College, Oxford.
List of bishops
Saxon to Norman
|Bishops of Dorchester|
|634||c. 650||Birinus||Sent from Rome by the pope, founded missionary diocese; Saint Birinius|
|c. 650||c. 660||Agilbert||Resigned.|
|Bishops of Winchester|
|660||663||Wine||also had his See at Dorchester|
|betw. 759–778||betw. 759–778||Æthelheard|
|betw. 759–778||betw. 781–785||Ecgbald|
|betw. 781–785||betw. 781–785||Dudd|
|betw. 781–785||betw. 801–803||Cyneberht|
|betw. 801–803||betw. 805–814||Ealhmund|
|before 825||836||Herefrith||Never attests without Wigthegn.|
|838 or 839||betw. 844–853||Helmstan|
|852 or 853||betw. 862–865||Swithun||Canonized. Patron saint of Winchester.|
|betw. 862–867||betw. 871–877||Ealhferth|
|betw. 871–877||878 or 879||Tunbeorht|
|878 or 879||908||Denewulf|
|909||932 or 933||Frithestan||Canonized|
|934 or 935||951||Ælfheah (I)|
|951||959||Ælfsige (I)||Translated to Canterbury|
|960||963||Beorhthelm||Possibly translated from Selsey|
|984||1006||Ælfheah (II)||Translated to Canterbury. Canonized.|
|1047||1070||Stigand||Translated from Elmham. Held Winchester with Canterbury 1052–1070.|
|Footnote(s):[a] and Source(s):|
Norman to Reformation
|1129||1171||Henry of Blois|
|1173||1188||Richard of Ilchester|
|1189||1204||Godfrey de Luci|
|1205||(Richard Poore)||Election quashed|
|1205||1238||Peter des Roches|
|1238||1239||(Ralph Neville)||Election quashed|
|1240||1250||William de Raley||Translated from Norwich|
|1250||1260||Aymer de Valence|
|1261||1262||(Andrew of London)||Election quashed|
|1261||1262||(William de Taunton)||Election quashed|
|1268||1280||Nicholas of Ely|
|1280||(Robert Burnell)||Election quashed June 1280.|
|1280||1282||(Richard de la More)||Never consecrated, resigned June 1282.|
|1282||1304||John of Pontoise|
|1319||1323||Rigaud of Assier|
|1323||1333||John de Stratford||Translated to Canterbury|
|1333||1345||Adam Orleton||Translated from Worcester|
|1366||1404||William of Wykeham|
|1404||1447||Cardinal Henry Beaufort||Translated from Lincoln; Appointed Cardinal by Pope Martin V; The Bishop of Winchester in Shakespeare's First Part of Henry the Sixth|
|1487||1492||Peter Courtenay||Translated from Exeter|
|1493||1501||Thomas Langton||Translated from Salisbury|
|1501||1528||Richard Foxe||Translated from Durham|
|1529||1530||Cardinal Thomas Wolsey||Archbishop of York. Held in commendam the see of Winchester.|
During the Reformation
|1531||1551||Stephen Gardiner (1st tenure)|
|1551||1553||John Ponet||Translated from Rochester|
|1553||1555||Stephen Gardiner (2nd tenure)|
|1556||1559||John White||Translated from Lincoln|
|1584||1594||Thomas Cooper||Translated from Lincoln|
|1594||1595||William Wickham||Translated from Lincoln|
|1597||1616||Thomas Bilson||Translated from Worcester|
|1616||1618||James Montague||Translated from Bath and Wells|
|1618||1626||Lancelot Andrewes||Translated from Ely|
|1627||1632||Richard Neile||Translated from Durham, later translated to York|
|1632||1646||Walter Curle||Translated from Bath and Wells. Deprived 1646, and died 1647.|
|1646||1660||The see was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.|
|1660||1662||Brian Duppa||Translated from Salisbury|
|1662||1684||George Morley||Translated from Worcester|
|1684||1706||Peter Mews||Translated from Bath and Wells|
|1707||1721||Sir Jonathan Trelawny||Translated from Exeter|
|1721||1723||Charles Trimnell||Translated from Norwich|
|1723||1734||Richard Willis||Translated from Salisbury|
|1734||1761||Benjamin Hoadly||Translated from Salisbury|
|1761||1781||John Thomas||Translated from Salisbury|
|1781||1820||Brownlow North||Translated from Worcester|
|1820||1827||Sir George Pretyman Tomline, Bt.||Translated from Lincoln|
|1827||1869||Charles Sumner||Translated from Llandaff|
|1869||1873||Samuel Wilberforce||Translated from Oxford|
|1873||1891||Harold Browne||Translated from Ely|
|1891||1895||Anthony Thorold||Translated from Rochester|
|1895||1903||Randall Davidson||Translated from Rochester, later translated to Canterbury|
|1903||1911||Herbert Edward Ryle||Translated from Exeter|
|1911||1923||Edward Talbot||Translated from Southwark|
|1923||1932||Frank Woods||Translated from Peterborough|
|1932||1942||Cyril Garbett||Translated from Southwark, later translated to York|
|1942||1952||Mervyn Haigh||Translated from Coventry|
|1952||1961||Alwyn Williams||Translated from Durham|
|1961||1975||Falkner Allison||Translated from Chelmsford|
|1985||1995||Colin James||Translated from Wakefield|
|1995||2011||Michael Scott-Joynt||Translated from Stafford|
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