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The Bishop of Manchester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Manchester in the Province of York.[1][2]

Bishop of Manchester
David Walker
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ResidenceBishopscourt, Broughton
First holderJames Prince Lee
CathedralManchester Cathedral

The current bishop is David Walker who was enthroned on 30 November 2013. The bishop's official residence is Bishopscourt, Broughton, Salford.[3]



The Diocese of Manchester was founded in 1847. With the growth of the population in and around Manchester, the bishop appointed the first suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Hulme, in 1924 to assist in overseeing the diocese. Three years later a second was appointed, the Bishop of Middleton. After nearly sixty years, the third and final suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Bolton, was appointed in 1984.[4]

List of bishopsEdit

Bishops of Manchester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1848 1869   James Prince Lee Died in office.
1870 1885   James Fraser Died in office; in the ensuing vacancy, John Mitchinson was acting bishop.[5]
1886 1903   James Moorhouse Translated from Melbourne; retired; died 1915.
1903 1921   Edmund Knox Translated from Coventry; retired; died 1937.
1921 1929   William Temple Translated to York then Canterbury; died in office 1944.
1929 1947   Guy Warman Translated from Chelmsford; retired; died 1953.
1947 1970   William Greer Retired; died 1972.
1970 1978   Patrick Rodger Translated to Oxford; retired; died 2002.
1979 1992[6]   Stanley Booth-Clibborn Retired; died 1996.
1993 2002   Christopher Mayfield Translated from Wolverhampton; retired.
2002 2013   Nigel McCulloch Translated from Wakefield.
2013 incumbent   David Walker Translated from Dudley


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 260–261. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  3. ^ Provincial Directory: Manchester. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. ^ Manchester and its many bishops. BBC. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  5. ^ "col. 1". Church Times (#1191). 20 November 1885. p. 899. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 27 May 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "New bishop announced". Independent. 23 Dec 1992. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical successions: Manchester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.

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