Bishop of Hereford

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The Bishop of Hereford is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Hereford in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers the County of Herefordshire, part of the counties of Worcestershire and Shropshire and parts of Powys and Monmouthshire. The see is in the City of Hereford where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary and Saint Ethelbert which was founded as a cathedral in 676.

The Bishop's residence is The Palace, Hereford.

The office was created at the foundation of the diocese in 676. The current bishop is the Right Reverend Anthony Martin Priddis, MA, Dip.Theol., the 105th Lord Bishop of Hereford, who signs Anthony Hereford.

List of the Bishops of the Diocese of Hereford, England and its precursor offices

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Note: The chronology prior to 1012 is partly conjectural

Tenure Incumbent Notes
676 to 693 or 688Putta, Bishop of Uuestor ElihDeprived of Rochester; may not have actually held office of Bishop of Hereford but was considered to have been such by c.800
688 or 693 to 705 or 710Thyrtell
(Tyrhtel; Tirhtullus)
710 to 727 or 731Torchtere
727 or 731 to 731 or 736Walchstod
(Walhstod; Walstodus; Wastoldus)
Abbot of Glastonbury
736 to 740Cuthbert
Abbot of Lyminge; translated to Canterbury
741 to 747 or c.758Podda
747 or c.758 to 758 or 770Acca
758 or 770 to 770 or 777Headda
777 or 778 to 781 or 786Aldberht
(Aaldberht; Albertus; Alberus)
781 or 786 to 793 or 788 or 786Esne
793 or 788 or 786 to 796 or 798 or 793Celmundus
(Ceolmund; Celmund)
796 or 799 to c.798/9 or 801Edulf
c.798 or 799 or 793 to 803 or 801Utel
803 or 801 or 799 to 824 or 822Wulfhard, Bishop of the church of Hereford
(Wulfheard; Wulfehard)
824 or 825 to c.825 or 832Benna
c.825 or 832 to 838 or 839Eadulf
(Eadwulf; Edulph)
838 or 839 or 836 to c.857 or 866Cuthwulf
c.857 or 866 to 857 or 866Mucellus
866 or 857 to 868 or 888 or 884Deorlaf
868 to 888 or 890∆thelbert
888 to 895 or 888 or 890Cunemund
(Cynemund; Ceynemundus)
895 to c.901Athelstan
c.901 or 890? or 888 to c.930 or 931Eadgar
c.930 or 931 to c.935 or 937, 940, 934Tidhelm
c.935 934 or 937 or 940 to 941 934 or 937 or 940Wulfhelm
941 or 934 or 937 or 940/968 to c.966 949 or 958 or 971Aifric
c.966 or 971 to 1012 or 1013Athulf
monk of the Old Minster, Winchester
968 to 971Wulfricomitted in some lists
1012 or 1013/1016 to 10 February 1056Athelstan II
March 1056 to 16 June 1056Leofgar
priest of Earl Harold; Saint Leovegard
1056 to 1061/1Ealdred
or vacant
Ealdred omitted in some lists; Bishop of Hereford and Worcester, resigned and translated to York 1060
1060/1 to 1079Walter of Lorraine
(Walter of Lotharingia)
Chaplain to Queen Edith; consecrated 15 April 1061
1079 to 1095/6Robert de Losinga
(Robert Losinga of Lorraine)
Prebendiary of St Paul's, London
1096 to 1101GerardChancellor to William the conqueror; translated to York
1101 to 1107vacant
1107 to 1115Reynelm
(Reinhelm; Reinelm)
Chancellor to the queen
1115 to 1121Geoffrey de Clive
(Geoffrey de Clyve)
Chaplain to the king
1121 to 1127Richard de CapellaClerk of the Seal
1127 to 1131vacant
1131 to 1148Robert de Bethune
(Robert de Betun)
Prior of Llanthony
1148 to 1163Gilbert FoliotAbbot of Gloucester; translated to London
1163 to 1166-7Robert of Melun
(Robert of Melun)
Theologian and scholastic. Prior of Llanthony; died in office.
1166 to 1174vacant
1174 to 1186Robert FoliotArchdeacon of Oxford
1186 to 1198/1200William de VerePrebendiary of St Paul's, London
1198 to 1214Robert GrossetesteArchdeacon of Wilts
1200 to 17 November 1215Giles de Braose
(Giles de Bruse)
Died in office; buried in South aisle of Hereford
1216 to 1219Hugh de MapenorDean of Hereford
1219 to 1234Hugh FoliotArchdeacon of Salop
1234 to December 1239Ralph de Maydenstune
(Ralph de Maidstone)
Dean of Hereford; resigned
1240 to 1268Peter de Egueblank
(Peter de Egeblaunch; Peter of Savoy; Peter D'Aquablanca)
1268 to 1275John de Breton
1275 to 1282Thomas de Cantilupe
(Thomas Cantilupe)
Archdeacon of Stafford; Lord Chancellor of England; Chancellor of Oxford; died in office; canonized in 1320: Saint Thomas de Cantilupe
1283/1289 to 1316/1290Richard Swinefield
(Richard de Swinfield)
1316 to 1327Adam Orleton
(Adam de Orleton)
Lord Treasurer; translated to Worcester
1316??/1327 to 11 January 1344Thomas Charleton
(Thomas Charlton)
Privy seal to Edward II; Lord Treasurer 1328; Lord Chancellor of Ireland; died in office
1344 to 1361John Trilleck
1361 to 1370Lewis de CharletonCanon of Hereford; Chancellor of Oxford
1370 to 1375William CourtenayPrebendary of York; translated to London
1375 to 1389John GilbertTranslated from Bangor; translated to St David's
1389 to 1404Thomas Trevenant
(Thomas Treffnant)
Canon of St Asaph and Lincoln
1404 to 1417Robert Mascall
(Robert Maschal)
Confessor to the king
1417 to 1420Edmund LacyCanon of Windsor; translated to Exeter
1420 to 1421Thomas PoltonDean of York; translated to Chichester
1421 to 1448Thomas SpoffordAbbot of St Mary's, York; Bishop-elect of Rochester: removed to Hereford before consecration
1448 to 1450Richard BeauchampArchdean of Suffolk; translated to Salisbury
1450 to 1453Reginald Buller
(Richard Botteler)
Abbot of Gloucester; translated to Lichfield & Coventry
1453 to 1474John Stanberry
(... Stanbury)
Translated from Bangor; died in office
1474 to 1492Thomas Mylling
(Thomas Milling)
Abbot of Westminster
1492/3 to 1502Edmund Audley
(Edmund Touchet)
Translated from Rochester
1502/3 to 1504Adrian de Castello
(Adriano of Castelli)
Prebendiary of St Paul's, London; translated to Bath & Wells
1504 to 1516Richard Mayhew
(Richard Mayeu; Richard Mayo)
President of Magdalen College, Oxford
1516 to 1535Charles BoothPrebendiary of Lincoln
1535 to 1538Edward Foxe
(Edward Fox)
Protestant; Provost of King's College, Cambridge
1538 to 1539Edmund BonnerProtestant; Archdeacon of Leicester; translated to London before consecration
1539 to 1552John Skypp
(John Skip)
Protestant; Archdeacon of Dorset
1553 to 1554John HarleyProtestant; Prebendiary of Worcester; deprived for being married
1554 to 1557Robert Parfew
(Robert Purfoy; Robert Wharton)
Catholic; translated from St Asaph
1557 to 1558Thomas ReynoldsNominated by Queen Mary but set aside by Queen Elizabeth and died a prisoner of the faith before consecration
1559 to 1585John ScoryCatholic; deprived Bishop of Chichester
1585 to 1602Herbert WestphalingCanon of Windsor
1602 to 1617Robert BennetDean of Windsor
1617 to 1634Francis GodwinTranslated from Llandaff
William JuxtonDean of Worcester; elected but translated to London before consecration
Godfrey GoodmanBishop of Gloucester; elected but declined the office
1634 to 1634Augustin LindsellTranslated from Peterborough; died in office
December 1635 to June 1636Theophilus FieldTranslated from St David's; died in office
1636 to 1646George Cook
(George Coke)
Translated from Bristol; died in office
1646 to 1660vacant
1660 to 1661Nicholas MonkProvost of Eton
1661 to 1692Herbert CroftDean of Hereford
1691 to 1701Gilbert IronsideTranslated from Bristol
1701 to 1712Humphrey HumphreysTranslated from Bangor
1712 to 1721Philip BisseTranslated from St David's
1721 to 1723Benjamin HoadleyTranslated from Bangor; translated to Salisbury
1723 to 1746The Honourable Henry EgertonCanon of Christchurch, Oxford
1746 to 1787Lord James BeauclercCanon of Windsor; died in office
1787 to 1788The Honourable John HarleyDean of Windsor; died in office
1788 to 1802John ButlerTranslated from Oxford; died in office
1802 to 1808Folliot Herbert Walker CornewallTranslated from Bristol; translated to Worcester
16 July 1808 to 1815John LuxmoreTranslated from Bristol; translated to St Asaph
23 July 1815 to April 1832George Isaac HuntingfordTranslated from Gloucester; died in office
7 May 1832 to 24 June 1837The Honourable Edward GreyDean of Hereford; died in office
7 August 1837 to 1847Thomas MusgraveTranslated to York
11 December 1847 to 23 April 1868Renn Dickson HampdenCanon of Christchurch, Oxford; died in office
13 May 1868 to ????James Atlay, DDVicar of Leeds
???? to 1961
1961 to 1974Mark Allin Hodson, BA
1974 to 1990John Richard Gordon Eastaugh
1990 to 30 November 2003John Keith Oliver, MARetired
2004 to presentAnthony Martin Priddis, MA, Dip.Theol.Suffragan Bishop of Warwick; inaugurated 26 June 2004

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  • Haydn's Book of Dignities (1894) Joseph Haydn/Horace Ockerby, reprinted 1969
  • Whitaker's Almanack 1883 to 2004, Joseph Whitaker and Sons Ltd/A&C Black, London

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