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Bishop of Bath and Wells

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The Bishop of Bath and Wells is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers the County of Somerset and a small area of Dorset. The see is in the City of Wells in Somerset where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew.

The Bishop's residence is The Palace, Wells.

Wells has been the seat of a bishop since 909 although the see has been located at Wells and Bath both individually and jointly (with Bath Abbey serving as co-cathedral). The current bishop is the Right Reverend Peter Bryan Price, the 77th Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, who signs Peter Bath & Wells.

List of the Bishops of Bath & Wells, England and its precursor offices

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
See at Wells
905/909 to 915Athelm
(Adelmus)
Abbot of Glastonbury; translated to Canterbury
915 to 924Wolphelmus
(Wulfelmus)
924 to 942Elphegus
(Alphegus)
942 to 958Wolphelmus
(Wulfelmus II)
958 to 973BrithelmusMonk of Glastonbury
973 to 985Kinewardus
(Kinewaldus)
Abbor of Middleton
985 to 997SigarusAbbot of Glastonbury
997 to 1005Alwinus
(Ealfwyn)
1005 to 1008Berwaldus
(Burwold)
1008 to 1013Leovingus
(Livingus; Elstan)
Translated to Canterbury
1013 to 1021EthelwynExpelled
1021 to 1023BrithwynExpelled
1023 to 1024EthelwynRestored
1024 to 1025BrithwynRestored
1025 to 1031MerewithAbbot of Glastonbury
1031 to 1059Dudoco
(Bodeca)
1059/1061 to 1088Gisa
(Giso)
1088 to 1090John de Villula, Bishop of WellsBecoming Bishop of Bath
See at Bath
1090 to 1122John de Villula, Bishop of Bath
1123 to 1135Godfrey
(Godefridus)
Chancellor to the Queen
1136 to 1165/6RobertMonk of Lewes; died in office
1165/6 to 1173/4vacant
1173 to 1191Reginald FitzJocelin
(Reginald FitzJoceline)
Translated to Canterbury
1191 to 1192Savaric FitzGeldewinArchdeacon of Northampton and abbot of Glastonbury; removed the bishopric
Diocese of Bath & Glastonbury
1192 to 1205Savaric FitzGeldewin
1205/6 to 1218Jocelin of Wells
Diocese of Bath & Wells
1218 to 1242Jocelin of Wells
(Joceline)
Canon of Wells; died in office
1242 to 1244vacant
1244 to 1245Roger of SalisburyChanter of Salisbury; becoming Bishop of Bath & Wells
Diocese of Bath and Wells
1245 to 1247Roger of Salisbury, Bishop of Bath and WellsHitherto Bishop of Bath
1248 to 1264William of Bitton I
(William Bitton; William Button)
Archdeacon of Wells
1265 to 1266Walter GiffardCanon of Wells, Lord Chancellor; translated to York
1267 to 1274William of Bitton II
(William Button)
Archdeacon of Wells
1275 to 25 October 1292Robert Burnell
(Robert Burnel)
Archdeacon of York, Lord Chancellor and Lord Treasurer; died in office
1293 to 1302William of March
(William de Marchia)
Dean of St. Martin's, Lord Treasurer
1302 to 1308Walter HaselshawDean of Wells
1309/1310 to 1329John Droxford
(John Drokensford)
Keeper of the wardrobe and deputy to the treasury
1329 to 1363Ralph of Shrewsbury
(Ralph de Shrewsbury)
1363 to 1366John BarnetTranslated from Worcester
1367 to 1386John HarewellChancellor of Gascoigne, chaplain to the Black Prince
1386 to 1388Walter Skirlaw
(Walter Skirlow)
Translated from Lichfield & Coventry; translated toDurham
1388 to 1400Ralph Erghum
(Ralph Ergham)
Translated from Salisbury
1401 to 1402Richard CliffordAppointed but translated to Worcester before consecration
1402 to 1407/8Henry BowetCanon of Wells; translated to York
1407 to 1424Nicholas Bubwith
(Nicholas Bubbewith)
Translated from Salisbury
1424/5 to 1443John StaffordDean of Wells, Lord Treasurer; translated to Canterbury, Lord Chancellor
1443 to 1465Thomas Beckington
(Thomas Beckyngton)
Warden of New College, Oxford; keeper of the privy seal
1465/6 to 1491Robert StillingtonArchdeacon of Taunton, Lord Chancellor
1492 to 1494Richard FoxTranslated from Exeter; translated to Durham
1495 to 1503Oliver KingTranslated from Exeter
1504 to 1518Cardinal Adriano de Castello
(Adrian de Castello)
Translated from Hereford; deprived by Pope Leo X
1518 to 1522Cardinal Thomas WolseyArchbishop of York, Lord Chancellor; held Bath & Wells in commendam; resigned
1523 to 1541John Clerk
(John Clark)
Master of the Rolls, dean of Windsor
1541 to 1547William KnightSecretary of State, Prebendary of St Paul's
1548 to 1553William BarlowTranslated from St David's; deprived by Queen Mary
1554 to 1559Gilbert Bourne
(Gilbert Bourn; Gilbert Bourde)
Prebendary of St Paul's, Lord President of Wales
1560 to 1581Gilbert BerkeleyDied in office
1581 to 1584vacant
1584 to 1590Thomas GodwinDean of Canterbury; died in office
1590 to 1592vacant
1593 to 1608John Stil
(John Still)
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Prebendary of Westminster
1608 to 1616James MontagueDean of Worcester
1616 to 1626Arthur LakeDean of Worcester, Master of St Cross
1626 to 1628William LaudTranslated from St David's; translated to London
1628 to 1629Leonard MaweMaster of Trinity College, Cambridge
1629 to 1632Walter CurleTranslated from Rochester; translated to Winchester
1632 to 1670William Peirs
(William Piers; William Pierce)
Translated from Peterborough
1670 to 1672Robert CreightonDean of Wells
1673 to 1684Peter Mews
(Richard Mew)
Dean of Rochester; translated to Winchester
1685 to 1690Thomas KenPrebendary of Winchester; consecrated 25 January 1685; deprived for not taking oaths to the sovereigns
1691 to 1703Richard KidderDean of Peterborough; died in office
1704 to 1727George HooperTranslated from St Asaph
1727 to 1743John WynneTranslated from St Asaph
1743 to 1773Edward Willes
1774 to 1802Charles MossTranslated from St David's; died in office
17 April 1802 to 21 April 1824Richard BeadonTranslated from Gloucester; died in office
8 May 1824 to 22 September 1845George Henry LawTranslated from Chester
14 October 1845 to 15 May 1854The Honourable Richard BagotTranslated from Oxford; died in office
2 June 1854 to 6 September 1869The Right Honourable Robert John Eden, the Lord Auckland, 3rd Baron AucklandTranslated from Sodor & Man; resigned
11 November 1869 to 1894Arthur Charles HerveyArchdeacon of Sudbury
1894 to 1921George Wyndham Kennion
1921 to 1937St John Basil Wynne Wilson
1937 to 1943Francis Underhill
1943 to 1945John William Charles Wand
1946 to 1960Harold William Bradfield
1960 to 1975Edward Barry Henderson
1975 to 1988John Monier Bickersteth
1988 to 1991'George Leonard CareyTranslated to Canterbury
1991 to 2001James Lawton Thomson, MA, DLitt, FCAResigned
2001 to presentPeter Bryan Price


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