William John Denbigh Down (born 15 July 1934) was the ninth Bishop of Bermuda and later the Assistant Bishop of Leicester.

Bill Down
Assistant Bishop of Leicester
DioceseDiocese of Leicester
In office1995–2001
PredecessorGodfrey Ashby
SuccessorJohn Austin
Other post(s)Bishop of Bermuda (1990–1995)
Honorary assistant bishop in Oxford (2001–present)
Ordination1959 (deacon); 1960 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1934-07-15) 15 July 1934 (age 87)
Surrey, United Kingdom
ParentsWilliam & Beryl Collett
SpouseSylvia Aves (m. 1960)
Children2 sons; 2 daughters
ProfessionMissionary; writer
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge

Educated at St John's College, Cambridge (he proceeded Cambridge Master of Arts {MA(Cantab)}), Down was ordained in 1960. His first post was as a curate at St Paul's Church, Salisbury[1] after which he was secretary to the Missions to Seaman and chaplain of St Michael Paternoster Royal[2] until his ordination to the episcopate in 1990.[3] He returned to England as the Assistant Bishop of Leicester before retiring in 2001.[4]


  1. ^ Church website
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995, Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  3. ^ "Down, Rt Rev. William John Denbigh", Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 22 July 2012
  4. ^ Oremus
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Bermuda
Succeeded by
Preceded by Assistant Bishop of Leicester
Title next held by
John Austin