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Bishop of Thetford

The Bishop of Thetford is an episcopal title which takes its name after the market town of Thetford in Norfolk, England. The title was originally used by the Normans in the 11th century, and is now used by a Church of England suffragan bishop.[1]

The present Bishop of Thetford is a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Norwich, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title was resurrected under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534. The Bishop of Thetford, along with the Bishop of Lynn, assists the diocesan Bishop of Norwich in overseeing the diocese, and has particular oversight of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk.[2]

Bishops of Thetford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1536 1570 John Salisbury Translated to Sodor and Man
1570 1894 in abeyance except that in 1694, George Hickes (Dean of Worcester) was consecrated nonjuring bishop of Thetford.
1894 1903 Arthur Lloyd Also Archdeacon of Lynn. Translated to Newcastle
1903 1926 John Bowers Also Archdeacon of Lynn
1926 1945 no appointment
1945 1953 John Woodhouse
1953 1963 Martin Leonard
1963 1976 Eric Cordingly
1977 1981 Hugh Blackburne
1981 1992 Timothy Dudley-Smith
1992 2001 Hugo de Waal
2001 2009 David Atkinson [3]
2009 2023 Alan Winton [4] Retired 30 April 2023.[5]
2023 present Ian Bishop Consecrated 29 September 2023.[6]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  3. ^ Diocese of Norwich: David Atkinson Archived 2008-05-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 12 June 2008.
  4. ^ Official announcement Archived 2009-10-06 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 11 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Bishop of Thetford due to retire". Diocese of Norwich. 22 November 2022. Archived from the original on 6 December 2022. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  6. ^ Limbach, Katherine (14 June 2023). "New Bishop of Thetford announced". Diocese of Norwich. Archived from the original on 14 June 2023. Retrieved 14 June 2023.

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